School sports stars honoured

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Sporting stars at St Kevin’s College were recognised on Friday night at the second annual Celebration of Sport evening.

They were joined by guest speaker, New Zealand cricketing legend, Chris Cairns.

Until last year, St Kevin’s College sports awards were traditionally combined with the end-of-year prizegiving, but to recognise and celebrate sporting high-flyers, a Celebration of Sport evening was introduced last year. It’s inaugural success saw it become an annual event.

For Cairns, it was an “honour” to have the opportunity to mix with some of the region’s top emerging sporting talent.

“And to be able to share some of my insights from a long career in sport and to provide some encouragement and advice on working hard and being successful,” he said.

Holly Edmondston and Hamish Robertson took out Outstanding Sportswoman and Sportsman categories respectively.

Edmonston is the current Aoraki u17 girls champion in the road race, time trial and team time trial for cycling. She also holds the south island titles in the girls u17 30km road race and 3km time trial. At the national road cycling championships she won three golds and backed them up with a silver in the 10km scratch race and individual pursuit. Those result saw her selected for the NZ u19 track team to contest the 2013 Oceania Cycling Championships where she gained a silver in the 3000m teams pursuit. Edmonston has also been selected for the NZ development team for the World Junior Cycling championships in Korea in 2014.

Robertson is the captain of the St Kevin’s College 1st V basketball team. He was selected for the Otago u19 B team which finished 4th at the regional tournament. His impressive showing saw him called up the Otago u19 A team for nationals, where they finished 8th. Hamish was also selected for the South Island u17 team that competed in the Pacific Coast Slam tournament where they finished 2nd – the first time a new zealand team had contested the final.

St Kevin’s College media liaison Catherine Taylor said Cairns was an “amazing” speaker and students relished the opportunity to speak to him after the awards.

“He took the opportunity to talk to the kids and shared with them what it takes to become a top level sporting success – how he got there, and the pitfalls along the way,” Taylor said.

“It was just an incredibly successful evening.”

SKC Sporting Blues Recipients:

Francziska Yanzick – Athletics

Julia Fauth – Rowing

Tiana Mihaere – Rowing

Isobel Ryan – Swimming

Helena Graham – Basketball

Holly Edmondston – Cycling

Hamish Robertson – Basketball

Sporting Pennant Recipient:

Stacey Kerin – Trampolining

Stacey competing in the Junior International class at the South Island Championships gaining a second in the synchro and a first in the double mini tramp. At the Auckland Championships she was third in the trampoline and first in the double mini tramp. Stacey was selected for the New Zealand team to compete at the Australian National Championships where she was second in the double mini tramp and won the synchro.