Waitaki Boys’ High School’s physical education teacher Ray Boswell has had a memorable year with the hockey and trapshooting teams.
Boswell, who is warmly referred to as ‘Boz’ by students and staff, has been a key figure in Waitaki Boys’ sporting achievements over the last 11 years, and the success has continued in both sports this year.
The WBHS hockey teams have collected an impressive medal haul throughout the season.
The First XI won the South Canterbury Mens’ Division Two Grade, followed by the South Island Secondary Schools’ Johnson Cup earlier this month for the first time in 20 years.
Not to be outdone, the Second XI took out the North Otago Division One Grade and narrowly missed out on the challenge trophy.
First XI hockey skipper William Mitchell cited Boswell’s support and advice as pivotal in his team’s accomplishments this year.
“He offers good support and good advice. He’s really pushed us with fitness and a bit of skill work, assessing the game and making us work on specific areas,” he said.
Boswell also manages the trapshooting teams, working with the junior boys on their skills and assisting New Zealand Clay Target Association graded coach James Robertson.
Waitaki has developed a trapshooting dynasty in recent times, and the accolades have continued this year, taking gold at the Aoraki Secondary School Championships, Wanaka Teams Event, Alexandra Teams Event and continuing 100 per cent interschool record over the last four years.
Waitaki Boys’ trapshooting Tim Craig said Boswell’s dedication to the sport and advice given to the beginners was instrumental in the success of the shooters.
“Boz gives everyone a good grounding. From there we can go on and develop our skills,” he said.
“We go to heaps of competitions at the weekends and he comes to a lot of them when he’s not at hockey. He just looks after us and gives us words of advice and keeps us cool-headed.”
WBHS sports Coordinator Paula Symes said Boswell was a credit to the school and praised his commitment to the boys’ progression.
“Boz is an absolute superstar for sport at Waitaki Boys’,” she said.
“His hard work and dedication are reflected in the outstanding results achieved by his teams this year.
“He goes above and beyond and he makes sure our boys have the best coaching and opportunities available to them.
“Boz is awesome. The boys have a lot of respect for him and Waitaki Boys’ are very grateful to him for all the time and effort that he puts in.”
Boswell said he enjoyed working with the students most of all, who will hope his positive influence continues for future Waitaki Boys’ pupils.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – WBHS First XI hockey captain William Mitchell, Ray ‘Boz’ Boswell and trapshooting captain Tim Craig.