We had an awesome day at the Y7/8 Swimming Sports on Thursday 5 March. Congratulations to our Age Group Winners: Year 7 Girls: Jemima Helm; Year 7 Boys: Austin Roper; Year 8 Girls: Ariana Workman; Year 8 Boys: Hunter Sands.
Full results will be released once the Y9-13 Swimming Sports has taken place.
An entire whānau gathered to celebrate the revival of Waka Ama at Aquinas College. The girls had an exhausting but very enjoyable event and were supported on the day of the competition by grandparents, aunties, uncles, parents, siblings, and friends. The 10km race was the main competitive event and the girls also entered a Whānau Team where several of their family members also participated in paddling a 5km ‘sprint race’ beating several other teams to the finish line!
Our next competition will be the New Zealand secondary schools national regatta during the last week of March. The girls are currently tapering off from their distance work and are now into training for 250-500m races.
Aquinas Waka Ama Team: Maia Hetutu, Hazel Karaka (Y10), Thea Smith (Y11), Jadel Taitumu-Boot (Y11), Issie Rice (Y11), Isabel Jones (Y12), Elan Kamo Watson (Y12), Jade Hetutu (Y12).
Gold, Silver and Bronze! Our rowing squad has won them all this year. With North Islands Champs and ‘Maadi’ Nationals in Twizel still to look forward to, we hope there will be more to come!
Left: Callum Tutbury placed 3rd earning a Bronze medal in the Men’s U22 coxless four at the New Zealand Club Championships.
Below left: Gold Medal Winning Tauranga Rowing Club team after winning gold in the Women’s Intermediate coxed four at the New Zealand Club Championships. The team includes 3 Aquinas rowers: Charlize Tutbury, Mia Finlayson & cox Aine Taylor and coached by Steven Finlayson
We are tremendously proud that 70% of our students are actively involved in sport at Aquinas. We also appreciate that without our parent support, we would not be able to boast that amount of participation at our college. We value and encourage the involvement of the family in all that we do and certainly, sport provides ample opportunities for families to do that. If any parents or extended family are interested in being involved through coaching or managing, please contact our Sports Co-ordinator, Mrs Caitlin Tarr: Email – firstname.lastname@example.org We would appreciate any help or assistance you can give us.
At Aquinas College, we believe participation in a sports team is a great part of holistic education. It is important to acknowledge this participation is voluntary and all associated costs must be paid. If there are financial difficulties we would invite you to contact Mary Walton in accounts to discuss. In order for a student to attend a tournament, all tournament and season fees must be paid prior to or a plan put in place before the trip departs.