Ella Svendsen has just passed her NZ Theory Test for Umpiring netball. This is an outstanding achievement and the first step to the NZ C Award. It means that Ella will umpire at a Regional – the top adult teams in Tauranga (Premier league).
Last year Ella was chosen out of over 100 students to umpire one of four finals for Upper North Island Secondary Schools Competition. She was also selected in the U17 Level 1 Umpire Squad (a group of 10) and topped her age group for BOP and Waikato and awarded the Most promising umpire trophy at the end of the 2019 season by Harbourside Centre.
Brady Jones was named in the AFL New Zealand Academy Level 2 squad in March this year, before the Covid-19 Lockdown. He was the only player selected from the Bay of Plenty region. Currently, AFL New Zealand and the Mornington Peninsula Junior Football League will investigate the opportunity to reschedule the tour to October 2020.
The AFL New Zealand Academy began in February with athletes participating in skill development, athletic testing, gameplay and personal development over a 7 week period in a lead up to the campaign which was to have been held in April this year. There is a strong AFL organisation working in Auckland and with their Australian counterparts. We congratulate Brady on his achievement and look forward to his opportunity to play in Australia being realised soon.
While we are disappointed that this awesome has been cancelled for 2020, we are working on organising a week of activities during September this year with other local schools. As the plan develops, we will be able to fill you in on details. Watch this space!