Term 1, 2021 Sports News

By Tina Holst

Kaipara Basketball – Term 1 Kaipara Intermediate interschool Competition
A huge thank you to Kaipara Basketball for running a multi week tournament for our intermediate students. It was great to see so many students enjoying the sport and gaining lots of confidence and skills.

Northland Secondary Schools Tennis Singles Championship
On Wednesday 7th April three students travelled to the Thomas Neale Courts in Kamo to test their skills in tennis. All three students really enjoyed the day and Billie Le Mesurier Cowbourne made it into the semi finals

Year 7 and 8 Turbo Touch Wheel Chair
Friday 21st we headed to Whangarei with a small group of girls to participate in Turbo Touch Wheelchair, after a quick warm up and a lesson on the wheelchairs they were ready to go. There was a lot of laughs, crashing into each other and amazing sportsmanship had by Otamatea Kids. What a fantastic bunch of girls.

Ngunguru Challenge 
Ngunguru Sports Day was held on the 9th April. We took 4 girls and 4 boys as ambassadors for our school to experience this new event.

This involved a variety of different sports the kids already knew and some new sports they had never heard of. They were given expert coaching tips and training before having a go. The general consensus was Pickle Ball was their favourite of the day. Our kids did us proud.

Equestrian Combined Training
Thursday the 8th April 4 students from Otamatea headed to Kaikohe Show Grounds. This day was a combination of Show Jumping and Dressage.

Results for Intro Dressage:
Alise Rogers riding Stanley 4th =
Intro Overall from dressage and show jumping
Bella Jackson riding River Oaks Gold Digger 2nd and 4th overall for the day in the intro division.
Also well done to Sophie Van Harlingen riding Shellalie Blues and Pyper Culpan riding NWC Ticket to Ride

This was a great experience and fun day had by our girls.

Orienteering year 7 - 10
On Friday 14th May nine students travelled to Spring Bank school, KeriKeri, to participate in an orienteering day. All the students enjoyed either learning new skills or furthering their skills in orienteering. 

On Friday 21st May, Jamie Cotching and Josh Scheepers were ambassadors for Otamatea as this is the first time Otamatea has attended this event. The boys really enjoyed their day.

With rogaine, everyone starts at the same time, and generally finishes at the same time, it is just the amount of ground that has been covered by teams that differs. Controls are given different scores, so strategy plays a big part in collecting the most points versus shortest distance, as the winner is determined by the highest score. It differs from orienteering in that you can visit them in any order, and is normally a team sport with groups of 2 to 5 competing.

Kiwi Tag – year 9 and 10 mixed South Zone Tournament
On Thursday 3rd June, ten year 9 and 10 students travelled to Otaika Sports Park in Whangarei. This was a great festival day. The students thoroughly enjoyed all their games and look forward to next year.