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A review in Sport

Sports Council 2015

Brona Turley Sports Academy Adventure Sports
Jessie McNeil Tennis Equestrian
Willa Aitken Equestrian
Anna Boult Swimming Hockey
Charlotte Brown Lifesaving
Emily Callaghan Volleyball Netball
Lily Dodgshun Touch
Ginny Gibbs Athletics Equestrian
Eva Goodisson Triathlon Cross Country
Molly Goodisson Swimming
Ruby Hansen Athletics
Bianca Kitchin Diving
Tommy Lamb Skiing
Holly McIldowie Volleyball
Imogen Mickleson Netball
Catie Nettlingham Cricket Hockey
Lucy Roberts Cricket
Maddie Snell Rowing
Georgia Trent Strength and Conditioning
Ella Whyte Rowing
Kaea Williams Touch Basketball
Sarah Wixon Tennis Squash
Rachel McDougall Futsal Football
Jamie Dee Shooting
Olivia Ward Hockey
Farren McGregor-Smyth Canoe Polo


Sports Academy 2015


2014 was the second year of the Woodford Sports Academy. Building on from the previous year we introduced Life Coach Robert Miller to the team to take personal development to another level, and Pulse under 23 netballer Rhiarna Ferris to work with the Development group in physical development. Robert’s focus was athlete development including mission, values, goal setting, communication and a recipe for success. Emily and Rhiarna’s focus was physical development with support from key school coaching staff. We look forward to 2015 and welcome the new inductees.


Chris McIvor – Director of Sport / Head Football Coach / Academy Manager
Caryn Paewai – Sports Administrator /Head Hockey Coach / Player Development
Emily Naylor – Head Strength and Conditioning / Academy Coach
Rhiarna Ferris – Strength and Conditioning / Academy Coach
Isobel Taylor – Athletics Coach
Robert Miller – Life Coach


2015 has been the most successful Sports Academy year surpassing all previous expectations with record numbers of athletes representing the region or NZ in their chosen sport. They continue to pursue excellence striving for success in sport and life and have become the next generation of great leaders and role models.


Creating an awesome opportunity and environment for athletes to clarify their dreams and goals whilst equipping them with the necessary skills, knowledge and determination to pursue excellence in becoming the very best they can be.


We pride ourselves in having an awesome environment by:

  • Being passionate dedicated and determined to give our very best
  • Honouring, respecting and supporting our team
  • Having fun and enjoying the process together

Sports Academy 2015 Year Sport

 Name Year Sport
Samantha Cave 7 Swimming / Football / Tennis
Tia Chrystal 8 Touch / Netball / Basketball
Rachel McDougall 8 Football
Poppy Ngatoa 9 Netball / Swimming
Sasha Norris 9 Hockey
Sarah Wixon 10 Hockey/ Tennis
Monique Way 10 Cricket / Orienteering / Hockey
Bridget de Lautour 10 Netball
Maddie Snell 10 Rowing / Hockey
Molly Goodisson 10 Swimming / Triathlon
Zoe Parker 11 Football
Catie Nettlingham 11 Hockey / Cricket
Anna Boult 11 Swimming / Hockey / Athletics
Ginny Gibbs 11 Athletics / Equestrian / Hockey
Ruby Hansen 11 Athletics / Netball
Georgia Trent 11 Netball / Athletics
Lucy Roberts 11 Cricket / Rowing
Olivia Ward 12 Hockey / Surf Lifesaving
Bianca Kitchin 12 Diving
Eva Goodisson 12 Triathlon / Athletics
Kaea Williams 12 Netball / Basketbal
Jessica Norris 12 Rowing / Football / Athletics
Manae Feleu 12 Athletics
Lucy McHugh 13 Hockey / Equestrian / Cricket
Prue Boult 13 Athletics / Triathlon
Brona Turley 13 Netball
Jessie McNeil 13 Equestrian
Willa Aitken 12 Equestrian


Student Achievements

Monique Way – Cricket
Monique was selected for the under 15 Central Districts Cricket team.

Lucy McHugh – Cricket
Lucy was selected for the Northern Districts under 18 team.

Prue Boult and Eva Goodisson – Triathlon
Were selected for a National Talent Programme (NTP) Triathlon youth festival in Auckland.

Olivia Ward – Surf Lifesaving
Olivia’s club team won the under 19 canoe race at the nationals.

Ruby Hansen – Athletics
Ruby has been selected to represent Hawke’s Bay Gisborne at the NZ Track and Field Championships in Wellington on 6-8 March in Wellington.

Farren McGregor-SmythFarren McGregor -Smyth – Kayaking
Farren has been selected to be part of the NZ Junior Development Squad.
She won the following titles at the recent National and Oceania Sprint Kayaking Championships:

NZ U18 K4 200m Champion
NZ U18 K4 500m Champion
Oceania U18 K4 200m Champion
Oceania U18 K4 500m Champion
NZ U16 K2 200m Champion
NZ U16 K2 500m Champion
NZ U16 K1 200m Champion

Anna Meban – Kayaking
Anna did very well at the Kayaking Nationals in Karapiro. Her crew won a bronze medal in the U14 K4 500m. She also managed to make the finals of the U14 K2 200 event (with her 11 year old partner!) – finishing seventh.

Sarah McKinnon – Equestrian
Winner of the Fert Co Show hunter series for the third year running
Champion Show hunter pony Wairoa A & P show
Reserve Champion Working hunter pony Wairoa A & P show
Champion Show hunter pony ESNZ Wairoa jumping

Rowing – North Island Club Championships

The number of Woodford students rowing competitively has increased significantly this year. Madeleine Snell and her partner came sixth in the B final of the women’s novice double skulls.


Lucy Roberts was part of the team that won the women’s coxed 4 B final and came third in women’s novice coxed quad B final. Caitlin Snell was part of the team that came sixth in the A final of the women’s novice coxed 4 and fifth in the B final of the women’s novice coxed quad.


Three of our students competed with the intermediate rowers with Abigail May rowing in the B final of the Club 8 and Ella Whyte and Jessica Norris competing in the Under 19 double and single skulls. Jessica was also part of the team that placed fourth in the B final of the women’s coxless quad. The real highlight of the weekend was Brooke Davies, Francesca Arlidge, Grace May and Miriam Stone (coxon) winning a bronze medal in the A final of the women’s novice coxed quad. Earlier these girls had placed fourth in the A final of the women’s novice 4 while Grace May and Francesca Arlidge also placed fourth in the A final of the women’s novice double skulls with Brooke Davies and her partner placing fifth in the B final.


Chris McIvorMr Chris McIvor, Head of Sport