Waitaki Boys’ High School student Jacob Sullivan became the first winner of the Aoraki Pool 4 Schools Championship in Timaru last Sunday.
The 16-year-old attended weekly secondary school coaching sessions run by local player Ray Henderson at the Oamaru Club and entered the regional competition with fellow Waitakian James Wagner.
Students from across the Aoraki region competed at the event, but Sullivan took the title after beating Roncalli College’s James Burnette in the final.
Sullivan’s coach, Ray Henderson, said the Waitaki Boys’ student’s dedication to the sport had been the key to his speedy progress.
“He wasn’t a complete novice. I’ve been coaching him on standing the right way and tactics and things like that but he’s keen, he’s like a sponge, which is demonstarted by this result,” he said.
“He concentrates, he doesn’t get distracted, he’s focused and he’s got a good attitude towards the game.”
WBHS sports coordinator Paula Symes said the students were grateful for Henderson’s advice and praised Sullivan’s efforts.
“Waitaki Boys’ are very grateful to Mr Henderson for the time and effort he has put into teaching several boys from Waitaki the relevant skills and how to play pool correctly,” she said.
“It is really fantastic that WBHS is home to the first ever regional secondary school champ. Well done, Jacob.”
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Waitaki Boys’ High School student Jacob Sullivan with his trophy after winning the Aoraki Pool 4 Schools championship.