updated 21st June 2017
Aerobics: Catrin Pearce has been selected to represent New Zealand at an International Sport Aerobics Competition in Phoenix, Arizona, USA at the end of July.
Underwater Hockey: At the Northern Zone Secondary Schools Junior Underwater Hockey Championships the Tauranga Girls College team gained a Silver Medal, with 4 good wins on the Saturday putting them through to the semi-finals. Winning this 6 -0 they then had a close fought game losing to Dio 4 -6 in the final. The coach Sarah Nicholls, a year 12 student, received a trophy for Best Fair Play Coach.
Taekwondo: Pratistha Chauhan was awarded a gold medal in the senior under 62kg division and Brooklyn Storey won a silver medal in the junior under 62kg division at the Caboolture Open Taekwondo Tournament in Brisbane.
Synchronised Swimming: At the North Island Synchronised Swimming Championship Martha Bunce placed 2nd in Aquarinas Duet/Trio and 1st as part of a team in the AquaCombo Team.
Cross Country: Tauranga Girls’ College team competing at the National Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Christchurch.
Maia Flint won an individual bronze medal in the Year 9 girls 3000m race in a large field of over 100.
The senior girls division is very competitive at the moment, with a number of talented girls at international level. Our best placed athlete was Arleah Tippins who placed 34th.
On the Sunday the Regional Relay Cross Country Championships were held. Athletes are selected to represent their province in an exciting relay of 5 athletes, each completing a 2km cross country loop. Arleah Tippins was selected to compete for Waikato/BOP Senior girls and her team was placed 3rd. Maia Flint was selected for the Waikato/BOP Year 9 team, and ran a very strong last leg to win a bronze.
Squash: On Thursday 15th June four teams competed in Division 3 for new and ungraded squash players. For many girls this fixture was the first time they have played in a competitive setting. Many new skills were learnt and much fun was had. Tauranga Girls’ College were placed both Second and Third.
On Tuesday 13 June, two further teams were sent to Te Puke and Whakatane to compete in Division 2 and Division 1. Division 2 were placed Second to Te puke High.
Division 1 were also placed second to Te Puke High after 3 rounds of extremely close competition. In round one the team did not drop a set. In round two they had much harder competition but come out winners to play off for the championship and claim the title of Top BOP secondary school team. Despite gallant efforts from all team members the final where Tauranga Girls’ College took home the silver medal.
Rugby: Tauranga Girls College hosted Rotorua Girls High for the round 1 final for the Bay of Plenty Secondary School’s 1st XV Rugby. We showed excellent skills in the tight and ability to move the ball wide with pace throughout the whole game. Tauranga Girls’ College won this match is great style 42 – 10 to be the first team to be awarded the Mike Nitz Cup.
Cross Country: Tauranga Girls’ College have had remarkable sporting achievements over the past few weeks. Firstly from the Tauranga Girls’ College Cross Country event held in their very own back yard had one of the biggest participation population that the school has seen in the past few years, which goes hand in hand with the school’s swimming sports held last term again in their own heated swimming pool. The participation and enthusiasm shown by the girls is very encouraging as it will become infectious to their peers who surround them. This is confirmed as the Tauranga Girls’ sports teams, such as the netball teams have increased dramatically in size since last year . This is emphasised by the results and are a followed; Year 9 winner was Maia Flint, runner up was Jimee Eades and third was Emily Pibrow. Our Year 10 winner was Skye Schlebusch and third was Maggie Sandford. In the senior division first was Arleah Tippens, second Kaylee Mudgway and third Courtney Ryan. Maia Flint ran the fastest time of 9.45 minutes.
Swimming: Two girls also competed in the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Swimming. In the juniors Olive Pearce placed first in 50m Freestyle,first in 50m Backstroke and first in 100m Freestyle. Kim Cadzow represented the Tauranga Girls’ College Intermediate age group and placed first in 50m Butterfly, second in 100m IM, third in 50m Freestyle and third in 50m Backstroke. The Junior relay team of Olive Pearce, Charlotte Webb, Hannah Power and Hannah Richardson placed first in 200m Freestyle relay and second in the 200m Medley relay. To top the successful competition Olive Pearce was named Individual Overall winner in the Junior girls.
Equestrian: To have the qualities of a horse rider you definitely need the trust between horse and rider but also to be able to see from the horse's perspective. Tauranga Girls’ College riders Kiani Taylor, Georgia Henstock and Jessica Coster showed us their impressive riding skills at the North Island Secondary School Horse trials North Island Secondary School Horse trials because as a team they competed in the Division B championship and came second overall. Through blistering storms and icy conditions of Taupo the girls rode up the medal table after the dressage with solid jumping rounds.
by Kaye Barnett
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