The Sports Elite programme aims to provide support to talented sporting individuals and elite teams.
The programme is unique to Northcote College and fits into the special culture of the school. It takes an individual approach to assessing the specific needs of individuals and of elite teams to help them achieve excellence. We then provide the best possible support programme to assist them in achieving their goals.
- To maximise the opportunity for talented sports individuals to excel.
- To maximise the potential of top teams in major sports.
- To see our sportspeople excel beyond Northcote College in their chosen sport.
Northcote College Representative in their main sport
North Harbour A Representative or equivalent status*
New Zealand Representative***
* In codes where there is significant competition for places
** For athletes not yet qualifying for the top 2 criteria but clearly outstanding already in their sports
*** New Zealand representatives can apply for exemption from the qualification of school representation
The Sports Elite Programme in 2017
The Sports Elite programme has had another successful year. The 22 students in the programme participate in 14 different sports. Of these students, 7 were New Zealand age group representatives.
The programme this year provided students with coaching support, gym-training options and individual nutrition support. In terms of seminars there was an excellent group seminar provided by top Sports nutritionist Niki Hart. Caryn Zinn a Senior Lecturer in Health Science at AUT provided quality one on one Nutrition sessions. AUT Millennium Athlete Development Manager Craig Harrison delivered a very inspirational seminar on what it takes to reach your potential in your chosen sport. Lastly, Olympian Sarah Cowley provided an outstanding seminar on Sporting Excellence. Her focus was on what it takes to be the best you can be in your sport.
Our partnership with the Millennium Institute provided the Year 9 to 11 Sports Elite students with an exciting visit to the Millennium Institute of Sport. The workshops covered how to perform at your best under pressure and the importance of good nutrition. The students had the opportunity to see what the Millennium has to offer top-level athletes. They also students also enjoyed a practical fitness testing session with Lead coach Patrick Davenport. Craig Harrison the Athlete development Manager also ran four excellent sessions with our higher-level representatives, which helped these students with critical mental skills strategies, on how to stay in the moment and perform to their potential. Shane Cameron continues to offer valuable fitness training at his nearby gym which some of our students were involved in. Other students have been training at Club Physical in Birkenhead to assist their development as an athlete. The students attend regular meetings and are all provided with training diaries.
Achievements of a few of the top Sports Elite students in 2017
Bobbi Gichard Victrix Ludorum (Sportswoman of the Year)
Bobbi has had an outstanding year in 2017. At the New Zealand Swimming Championships in April, she won a Gold medal in both the 100 and 200-metre Backstroke events. She also gained the silver medal in the 50-metre Backstroke. This qualified her for the 12 strong New Zealand team that competed at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest in July. In October, Bobbi came 2nd in both the 100 and 200-metre Backstroke events at the New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships. She is currently training intensively attempting to qualify for the Commonwealth Games on the Goldcoast in 2018.
Bailey Wang Victor Ludorum (Sportsman of the Year)
Bailey has had a most successful year as one of the stars of the Swimming team in his first year at Northcote College. At the New Zealand Swimming Championships in April, he won the under 16 Boys 200 metre Breaststroke event. He followed this with 4 Gold Medals at the Auckland Swimming Championships, winning the Under 16 Boys 400 metre Freestyle, 200 Metre Breaststroke, 400 metre Individual Medley and 200 Metre Individual medley. To cap off the year in October Bailey competed at the New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships. Here he won the Under 16 Boys 200 Metre Breaststroke, came 2nd in the under 16 200-metre Individual medley as well as coming 7th in the Open Men’s A Grade 200 metre breaststroke final.
Lily Zhang Junior Sportswoman of the Year
Lily has an outstanding first year in New Zealand since arriving from China. She won the under 15 Girls 50 metre and 100 metre backstroke events at the Auckland Swimming Championships. Lily followed this up by winning the Under 15 Girls 50 metre and 100-metre backstroke events at the New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships in October. She also came 3rd in the Under 15 Girls 100 Metre Butterfly Final. Lily capped this event off by making the Women’s Open A Grade Finals for both the 100 metre Backstroke and 50 Metre Backstroke. In these events, she swam personal bests and placed 9th and 5th respectively.
Tara Beale – Tara is one of the most outstanding young judo exponents in New Zealand. She is the youngest member of the New Zealand National Squad. At the New Championships in late September, Tara won the Senior Girls Under 52kg New Zealand Title. She followed this by winning the Silver Medal in the Cadet Women’s under 52kg division.
Sebastian Vivian – Sebastian has had a highly successful first year at Northcote College. He is a North Harbour under 15A Basketball Representative. Sebastian played for the highly successful under 15A, Under 17A, Junior Premier and Premier Northcote College teams.
Oliver Hayward - Olly is an outstanding basketballer. He is a North Harbour U17A representative and a key member of the Northcote College U17 A and Premier basketball teams that have had very successful season. He gained selection in the Impact U17 development team tour to Las Vegas in 2016. All this supports Olly’s goal of attending an American University in the future.
Mitchell Hutchinson began this year as one of the top ranked age group target archers in New Zealand. He has made a decision to put his archery on hold while he considers his longer-term future in archery at the level.
Jordan Rudgley has had a very successful snowboarding season. He had a second placing in the Secondary school championship. Then in the recent National Indoor Slopestyle competition at Snowplanet he placed second in the Mens Open Snowboard section. Jordan’s training at Cardrona over the winter with a high performance New Zealand Olympic team coach is helping take his snowboarding to the next level.
These were only some of the outstanding sports achievements of students in the Sports Elite group in 2017.
Thank you to all the parents, coaches and managers that support these students every step along the way, to help them achieve their sporting success.
Shane Latch (Sports Elite Manager)
Connor Westbury in Year 10 was victorious at the recent Kartsport Auckland Club Championship.
Elijah Neblett in Year 12 has been selected to play in the Oceania Football World Cup to be held in United Arab Emerates in October this year.