Date: 30 October 2020
The Sports awards for 2020 were presented at a special assembly held this week. Principal Ms Deidre Shea, welcomed students, whanau and staff, to the awards ceremony and thanked them for persevering with training, playing, coaching, refereeing and supporting sports, in what has been a very disrupted and difficult year.
Sport is a very important part of life at Onehunga High School and it was exciting to see so many of our students recognised for their contribution to the sporting life of the school. Director of Sport Mr Chad Coombes also acknowledged the students who give up their time to coach, manage and referee teams.
While many students were recognised for outstanding team and individual performances and all are to be congratulated the following students are to be particularly applauded for receiving Badges:
Gold Badge (Students who have played 3 seasons in a Premier team)
Krishit Chand - Volleyball
Paige Campbell Football
Kemen Zulaika Nillesen
Daisy Fuavao Hockey
Bennie Lam Sam
Platinum Badge (Students who have played 4 seasons in a Premier team)
Elijah Belton Football
Ashlee Gordon Hockey
Elizabeth Moi Moi Rugby
The following students have excelled in their respective sorting codes and are Regional or National representatives.
Tyrone Woonton Basketball Counties Manukau U17 Boys
Nathaniel Tangimataiti Auckland Touch, New Zealand U16 League
Dylan Chandra Auckland Karate
Leilani Rangi Pasifika Invitational U18’s, South Auckland Tag U21’s
Gabriel Harrison-Kauie Tag Junior Oceania Cup U18’S Niue
Joseph Haiosi Tag U14’s Niue
Declan Haiosi Tag U14’s Niue
Sahara Viviani-Poelima Tag U14’s Niue
Austin Masters NZ U14 Tag Football
Alec Insley Speedway ¼ Midget NZ Champion
Daniel Mercer National Secondary School U61kg Weightlifting Champion
Blake Costley Auckland Trampoline, NZ Trampoline
Christopher Latu Tamaki Makaurau League U14
AJ Poutoa Junior Tag Nationals for South Auckland U16 Boy’s
Devontae Tamotu Junior Tag Nationals for South Auckland U16 Boy’s
Shanley Tuwhangai Aotearoa Māori Tag Football U16’S
Moana Tuwhangai Aotearoa Māori Tag Football U16’S
Tinia Purotu Tag U14’s South Auckland
Kaylem Glassie Tag U14’s South Auckland
Blues Award (Students who have represented New Zealand in 2020)
Blake Costley New Zealand Trampolining
Nathaniel Tangimataiti New Zealand U16 League
The awards ceremony ended with an inspiring and hugely entertaining speech from Liam Malone MNZM who is a former New Zealand para-athlete, primarily competing in sprint events. He represented New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he won gold medals in the men's 200 metres T44 and 400 metres T44, and the silver medal in the men's 100 metres T44. Liams colourful journey to success deserves its own article. Please keep an eye out for it soon!
Sincere congratulations to Mr Chad Coombes, Mr Karl Jacobson, DP Mrs Ceri Cheshire, DP Mr Murray Saunders and to the Sports Council for organising another successful event and to all students who participate in Sport in the school.
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