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Sports Round Up – Term 1, 2019

What a start to the year it has been for sport at Woodford House. We have had many students achieving both regionally and nationally in their chosen sport. Here is a snapshot of what our students have been up to in Term 1.

Swimming Sports

Woodford House Swimming Sports

On Friday 15 February we held another successful Woodford House Swimming Sports final evening. Well done to Wallingford for taking out the house competition.

Year 7/8

Champion – Evie Skidmore

Runner up – Esther Dear

Year 9

Champion – Kyla Evans

Runner up – Molly Kinnear

Year 10

Champion – Martine Sandberg

Runner up – Amelia Barrett

Year 11

Champion – Harriet Park

Runner up – Emma Dixon


Champion – Harriet Park


Champion – Ruby Chadd

Runner up – Alia Wentz

Hawke’s Bay Secondary School Swimming Championship

On March 7 our swim team competed in the HBSS Swimming Championship. This brings together the top secondary school swimmers in Hawke’s Bay and the girls can be extremely proud of how they all swam. Highlights from the evening include:

Molly Kinnear

3rd Girls 13 and Under 25m Backstroke

3rd Girls 13 and Under 25m Freestyle

Harriet Park

1st Girls 14-15years 50m Freestyle

2nd Girls 100m Open Individual Medley

1st Girls 14-15years 50m Backstroke

1st Girls 14-15years 50m Butterfly


East Coast Secondary Schools Athletics Championships (ECNISS)

Our Woodford House athletes had a great day at the ECNISS Athletics Champs at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park on 13 March. Congratulations to all girls who competed, with many girls placing in the top 3 of their event finals, results below:


Zoe Coyle

100m – 4th

200m – 7th

High jump – 2nd

Zoe Elliott

800m – 3rd

3000m – 1st

70m Hurdles – 1st

High jump – 1st

Molly Kinnear

High jump – 3rd

Nicole Mnyanyi

70m Hurdles – 3rd

Charlotte Treadwell

Long jump – 3rd

Triple jump – 1st

Emma de Lautour

Javelin – 5th

70m Hurdles – 4th

Bella Ladbrook

70m Hurdles – 2nd


Jemima Christie

80m Hurdles – 5th

Long jump – 5th

Harriet Coyle

High jump – 3rd

Amanat Kumar

80m Hurdles – 6th

Harriet Park

100m – 3rd

200m – 2nd

400m – 4th

80m Hurdles – 2nd

Mia Reeves

Shot put – 3rd


Olivia Eames

Shot put – 5th

Teani Feleu

Long jump – 5th

Shot put – 2nd

Javelin – 3rd

Woodford House Athletics Finals

On 29 March we held our annual Athletics Day at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park. It was another great day with girls giving their all in the various events.

Year 7/8

Champion – Libby Lowry

Runner up – Greta Apatu


Champion – Zoe Coyle

Runner up – Zoe Elliott

Year 10

Champion – Charlotte Treadwell

Runner up – Annabel Kerr

Year 11

Champion – Harriet Park

Runner up – Harriet Coyle

Overall Intermediate

Champion – Harriet Park


Champion – Teani Feleu

Runner up – Tessa Burns



On 6 March two Woodford House teams competed in the Hawke’s Bay Secondary Schools Team Triathlon Championships. Both teams can be extremely proud of their achievements in very strong fields. The Junior team finished 4th and the senior team finished 5th. Congratulations to the following students and a special mention to Zoe Elliott who recorded the 3rd fastest run leg for all senior girls teams which is a huge achievement.

Junior Team – Martine Sandberg (Swim), Annabel Kerr (Cycle) and Lily Mathers (Run)

Senior Team – Harriet Park (swim), Olivia Eames (Cycle) and Zoe Elliott (Run)

HBSS Individual

Congratulations to Alia Wentz, Year 12 who took second place in the Senior Girls category at the HBSS Individual Triathlon Championships on 24 March.



Georgia Niblett had great success representing Hawke’s Bay at the 2019 NZ Rowing Championship where she received a bronze medal in the woman’s novice coxed eight.


St Matthews Collegiate Equestrian Event

On Wednesday 20 February, Anna Wilson (Year 8) and Jessica McCann (Year 9) attended the St Matthew’s Interschool Equestrian Event. The girls gave a strong performance, fending off some very good combinations to win a class each and other placings, taking home an overall ribbon. Along with Dannevirke High School, they also achieved an overall 2nd and 3rd in the teams competition.

Dannevirke Equestrian Event

Great results for Giorgia Hickey, Jessica McCann, Milly Waldin and Anna Wilson who competed at the Dannevirke Interschool Equestrian Competition. All four students won an individual event, multiple placings and the mixed team were named overall Champions.

Takapoto Estate Show Jumping

There was more success for our equestrian team members with Zara Waldin, Year 12 winning the Junior Tour Final on 2 March at the Takapoto Estate Show Jumping event aboard U Can Dance NZPH.

Read more >> Takapoto Estate News – Zara Dances to Victory in Junior


Congratulations to Olivia Apatu on her outstanding achievement at the Horse of the Year Show. Olivia and her pony – Alasaan Arzu, won the Farmlands Pony of the Year crown for a second straight year.

Read more >> NZ Herald – Havelock North teenager Olivia Apatu claims back-to-back pony honours


Orienteering HBSS Sprint

It was a very successful day for our orienteering team at the Hawke’s Bay Sprint Championships, with Woodford House students winning three of the girls categories.

1st: Lydia Burns (9.43) Year 7/8
6th: Lucy Simmons (12.37) Year 7/8
1st: Zoë Elliott (10.06) Junior
4th: Sophie Ward (13.14) Junior
1st: Tessa Burns 14.19 Senior


Christie Cup

Over the summer holidays sisters Samantha and Alex Cave were part of the Hawke’s Bay senior tennis team who won the Christie Cup. This is an incredible achievement as the cup has been going since 1926 and Hawke’s Bay have only held it twice in the last 36 years.

Annual Quadrangular Tennis Tournament

Congratulations to Year 9 students, Tamzin Buck, Alex Cave and Sophie Ward who were part of the Under 14 Tennis Eastern Team who won the annual quadrangular tournament against Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Western Bay of Plenty on Sunday 24 February for the first time ever in 37 years.


Hawke’s Bay Netball Representatives

Congratulations to the following students who have been named in Hawke’s Bay Netball Representative teams for 2019

Zoe Elliott – Under 15 Black

Mia Reeves – Under 15 Black

Chanel McKeefry – Under 17 White

Maggie Grimshaw was also recently awarded her Centre Badge for Umpiring. Well done Maggie.