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Sports Round Up – Term 1, 2017

It has been another busy and exciting start to the year for sport at Woodford House with many students achieving both regionally and nationally in their chosen sports. Here are some highlights from Term 1.

Swimming Sports

Woodford House Swimming Sports

House spirit was in full force for the Woodford House Swimming Sports Finals evening. The overall championship winners were:

Year 7/8 Martine Sandberg Amelia Barrett
Year 9 Harriet Park Sam Cave
Year 10 Ruby Chadd Maia Troup and Jess de Lautour
Year 11 Sharmila Tautari Olivia Eames
Intermediate Sharmila Tautari
Senior Olivia Lee Anna Boult







Hawke’s Bay Secondary Schools Championships

Our girls gave their best amidst some tough competition, showing great spirit. Here are the highlights from the HBSS Swimming Championships held at Flaxmere Waterworld.

  • Harriet Park  – 3rd 50m Freestyle, 1st 50m Butterfly, 13 and Under Girls, and 3rd 100m, Open Individual Medley Girls
  • Emma Dixon – 3rd 25m Backstroke, 13 and Under Girls
  • Olivia Lee – 2nd 50m Freestyle, 16 and Over Girls
  • Jess de Lautour – 2nd 50m Backstroke, 14-15 Girls

Hawke’s Bay Year 7 and 8 Swimming Championships

  • Georgiana Absolom, Grace Haliburton, Phoebe Maidens and Alex Cave – 4th in Year 7 Girls 100m Medley Relay
  • Amy Kean, Martine Sandberg, Imogen Lovell and Amelia Barrett – 4th in Year 8 Girls 100m Medley Relay
  • Phoebe Maidens 2nd and Grace Haliburton 4th in Year 7 25m Butterfly
  • Phoebe Maidens 2nd in Year 7 Girls 25m Breaststroke
  • Amy Kean 3rd in Year 8 Girls 25m Breaststroke
  • Amelia Barrett 2nd in Year 8 25m Freestyle


East Coast North Island Secondary School Championships (ECNISS)

A team of 18 students competed at the East Coast North Island Secondary School Championships on Wednesday 8 March at the Regional Sports Park with a number of girls making finals and placing in the top three for their event. Highlights from the day included:

  • Alia Wentz 1st 300m and 3rd 1500m Intermediate Girls
  • Teani Feleu 1st Javelin Intermediate Girls
  • Teegan Geary 1st Javelin Senior Girls
  • Mia Reeves 1st High Jump Junior Girls
  • Harriet Park 1st 70m Hurdles, 4th 100m and 200m Junior Girls
  • Ruby Hansen 1st 300m Hurdles, 1st 100m Hurdles and 2nd 400m Senior Girls
  • Ruby Hansen, Harriet Park, Teani Feleu and Teegan Geary have also been selected to represent East Coast North Island Athletics team at the North Island Secondary School Athletics Championships being held in Inglewood.

New Zealand Track and Field Championships

Ruby Hansen represented Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Athletics at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships in Hamilton. Ruby came away with bronze in U20 400m Hurdles, only narrowly missing out on silver. She was also part of the U20 4 x400m Relay Team that won gold at the event.

Woodford House Athletics Finals

Another successful Woodford House athletics finals evening was held on Friday 31 March on the school field. The overall championship winners from the evening were:

Year 7/8 Annabel Kerr Amy Kean
Junior Harriet Park Jemima Christie
Year 10 Alia Wentz Aleeshia Ujdur
Year 11 Jordan Teneti/ Teani Feleu  –
Overall Intermediate Alia Wentz  –
Senior Ruby Hansen Ginny Gibbs







North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships

Ruby Hansen, Teani Feleu and Teegan Geary represented East Coast North Island Athletics at the North Island Secondary School Athletics Championships in Inglewood on 8-9 April.

Ruby Hansen:

  • 1st Place Girls Senior 300m Hurdles
  • 1st Place Girls Senior 4x100m Relay
  • 1st Place Girls Open 4x400m Relay
  • 4th Place Girls Senior 100m Hurdles

Ruby Hansen’s Hawke’s Bay Gisborne 4x400m relay team has also been named as a finalist for the Konica Minolta Junior Sports Team of the Year award at this year’s Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards.

Teegan Geary – 2nd Place Girls Senior Javelin

Teani Feleu – 7th Place Girls Intermediate Javelin


Alia Wentz competed in the Hawke’s Bay Secondary School Individual Triathlon held at Pandora Pond in Napier on 12 March. Alia raced extremely well, finishing 2nd in Junior Girls grade.


  • Three Woodford House girls competed for Hawke’s Bay at the New Zealand Rowing Nationals. Grace May placed third in both the Women’s Club Coxless Skulls and the Under 19 Double Skull B Finals. Francesca Arlidge and Lucy Roberts came sixth in the A Final of the Women’s Club Eight. Read more >>
  • Grace May represented Woodford House at the Maadi Cup Rowing Championships finishing 3rd in U17 Single Scull B Final.


National Teams

Phoebe Burns was selected for the New Zealand FEI Children’s International Classic Team for riders 13 years and under. The competition was held at the series finals in Masterton and Phoebe came second overall in the Spark FEI World Children’s Challenge on Galaxy Masterpiece. She also won Round Two and took 5th place in Round One. Read more >>

Horse of the Year (HOY)

  • Ginny Gibbs, Phoebe Burns and Tessa Williams were selected for the Hawke’s Bay Saba Sam Show Jumping Team – 1.20-1.25m
  • Phoebe Burns Placed 2nd in child rider and 6th in Pony of the Year for 1.25-1.35m
  • Mollie Moffett placed 2nd and 6th in the Junior Show Hunter, 4th in the Junior Equitation, 2nd in the Junior High Points and 4th in the Junior Show Hunter of the Year
  • Emma Ritchie placed 5th in the 15 Years and Under rider
  • Molly Goodisson came 4th in the Horse 1.10m on day one and 6th in the 1.10m Horse on day two
  • Zara Waldin placed 4th in the Pony 1.10m and 5th in the Pony 1.10m Championship
  • Milly Waldin placed 5th in 90cm Show Hunter
  • Annabel Kerr placed 4th in Welsh Ridden Pony and 6th in Saddle Hunter Warm up Class and got in top 10 for Dressage Level 2.


  • Monique Way finished 6th in for the Senior Girls grade at the HBSS Sprint Championships on Wednesday 22 March
  • Tessa Burns won the Hawke’s Bay Sprint Series for the fourth year in a row and has also been selected to be part of the NZ Secondary Schools Orienteering Team for the upcoming New Zealand / Australia test over the Easter break
  • Tessa Burns also ran the 4 hour NZ Secondary Schools Rogaine Championships at Tutira on 1 April with Ronan Lee from Lindisfarne College taking second place.

Briar Chalmers, Sports Coordinator