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Woodford’s Sports Awards Dinner

By | November 18, 2015

Woodford had the privilege of hosting Black Stick Emily Naylor and former Football Fern and White Fern Rebecca Rolls for the school’s annual sports awards dinner.


Born in Napier, Rolls began her sporting career playing international football. After a few years, she put down the football and picked up a cricket bat, entering into a long One Day International cricket career, representing New Zealand in 104 matches and one Test match. In 2012, after having retired from both codes, she made a shock come back for the Football Ferns.

Naylor, of Palmerston North, is the most capped women’s hockey player ever with 246 test caps. She has competed at three Olympic Games and is currently on the come-back trial to make the team for Rio 2016.

Both sportswomen have a strong connection with Woodford as Naylor coaches members of the Sports Academy and Rolls is the sister-in-law of Head of Sport, Chris McIvor.

Deputy Head Girl Prue Boult and her sister Anna interviewed the athletes at the awards ceremony about their sporting careers and advice for the next generation of female athletes. Their messages were thought-provoking as they highlighted the importance of playing multiple sports while at school, having an alternative career plan and how to prioritise, rather than balance, sport and school work.

Rolls said some teenagers were specialising too early, which increased the risk of burn-out and code fatigue.

‘Playing a range of sport will keep students’ skill set wide and their brains fresh’, she said.

Year 12 student Eva Goodisson took away the Senior Sportsperson of the Year award, while Molly Goodisson and Georgia Trent won the Junior Sportsperson of the Year. Aquathon world champion Eva Goodisson, also received the Principal’s Award for Excellence.

Eva receiving an award from Emily Naylor

Eva receiving an award from Emily Naylor

 Major award winners:

 
Physical Development Excellence Awards           Lucy Roberts, Samantha Cave, Jessie McNeil
Fair Play Award Emily Callaghan
Student Coach of the Year                                           Emily Callaghan and Imogen Mickleson
Student Official of the Year Pieta Parvin
Principal’s Award for Team of the Year                                 1st XI Hockey
New Zealand Representative                                    Eva Goodisson – Triathlon
Sportsmanship Award – Celebrating 100 Years of Sport at Woodford House 1911 – 2011                                                                                     Milly Smith
The Principals Award for Excellence  Eva Goodisson
Craft and Hern Contribution and Performance for Year 7/8 Tessa Burns
Craft and Hern Year 7 & 8 Sportsperson of the Year Samantha Cave
Craft and Hern Contribution and Performance for Year 9 Jessica Macfarquhar
Craft and Hern Year 9 Sportsperson of the Year Sasha Norris
Craft and Hern Contribution and Performance for Year 10   Georgia Trent and Molly Goodisson
Craft and Hern Year 10 Sportsperson of the Year Monique Way
Craft and Hern Contribution and Performance for Year 11 Ginny Gibbs
Craft and Hern Year 11 Sportsperson of the Year          Farren McGregor-Smyth
Craft and Hern Contribution and Performance for Year 12 Eva Goodisson
Craft and Hern Year 12 Sportsperson of the Year    Eva Goodisson   
Craft and Hern Contribution and Performance for Year 13           Brona Turley and Jessie McNeil
Craft and Hern Year 13 Sportsperson of the Year                              Lucy McHugh    
Nimon and Sons Prize for the Overall Junior Sportsperson of the Year Molly Goodisson and Georgia Trent
Nimon and Sons Prize for the Overall Senior Sportsperson of the Year Eva Goodisson