Waimate High School held their Sports and Cultural Awards night to highlight and applaud the achievements students in both of these categories.
Guest speaker was gymnast Matt Palmer who provided plenty of inspiration as he shared his journey, one which started at an early age, when he set a goal to represent New Zealand.
Mr Palmer talked about the need to work hard and that there will be setbacks along the way.
He represented New Zealand at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and although he didn’t achieve a medal placing, he was incredibly proud of achieving the goal he set himself.
Mr Palmer and year 8 student Travis Swan provided a brilliant exhibition on the rings in the school gymnasium before his speech.
The Colour Awards were the elite awards for the evening. These awards require outstanding achievement over a sustained period of time, reflecting the hard work and commitment of the students.
The winners of the awards were.
Niamh O’Donnell – Junior Arts Colour Award for visual arts.
Eden Guyton – Junior Arts Colour Award for vocal and music performance.
Caitlin Fahey – Service Colour Award for service to basketball.
Dion Batchelor – Service Colour Award for service to rugby.
Ashleigh Meyer – Junior Colour Award for athletics.
Tandia Gooch – Junior Colour Award fors swimming.
RECIPIENTS: Eden Guyton, (left), Niamh O’Donnell, Caitlin Fahey, Matt Palmer, (guest speaker), Dion Batchelor, Tandia Gooch and Ashleigh Meyer.