LIFE Shoot­ers show their skills at con­test

Bush Telegraph - - EXPLORE PAHIATUA -

We have hit the ground run­ning at the be­gin­ning of Term 4 with aca­demic progress top of the list.

Our se­niors only have a few weeks to go be­fore they leave for their NCEA ex­am­i­na­tion study leave, and their in­ter­nal re­sults are look­ing great. Our Gate­way/ Work Ex­pe­ri­ence pro­gramme, lead­ing into vo­ca­tional ca­reers, has been hugely suc­cess­ful this year and we are very proud of the stu­dents who have moved into ca­reers and ap­pren­tice­ships.

The hol­i­days were a very busy time for many of our stu­dents com­pet­ing in var­i­ous sports codes.

Our shoot­ing team was one such group of stu­dents who found suc­cess in their cho­sen area.

The New Zealand In­ter-Is­land In­ter-Sec­ondary School com­pe­ti­tion was held in Ran­giora on Oc­to­ber 28-29. Com­pet­ing for the Dan­nevirke High School team was Boyd Ly­ford, Sa­man­tha Brad­bury and Phil Bed­ing­field and ac­com­pa­ny­ing them as coach and man­ager was Ruth Mc­Nair from the Dan­nevirke Small­bore Ri­fle Club (DSRC). The DSRC was suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing fund­ing through the In­fin­ity Foun­da­tion for the team’s travel, mak­ing this op­por­tu­nity avail­able to them.

The team were great am­bas­sadors and put Dan­nevirke High School on the map by plac­ing fifth in the teams com­pe­ti­tion, only one in­ner be­hind the fourth-placed team. This was a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment as they were against much larger sec­ondary schools in the coun­try, many with a school roll of over 1000. All three Dan­nevirke shoot­ers made the North Is­land team, which then shot against the South Is­land team in the in­ter-is­land match. The South Is­land team proved to be too strong tak­ing out the com­pe­ti­tion.

How­ever, the high­light of the week­end was Boyd Ly­ford achiev­ing con­sis­tently high scores over the en­tire com­pe­ti­tion to make the New Zealand Sec­ondary School team. This in­cluded a per­sonal best score of 97.4. This team com­petes against the Great Bri­tain sec­ondary school team in a postal match. Re­sults will be posted early next year as the English sea­son is just about to start.

The out­look for Dan­nevirke High School in the next three to four years is look­ing re­ally strong as there are a large num­ber of shoot­ers show­ing the same po­ten­tial Sa­man­tha and Phil demon­strated at this event.

DHS shoot­ing team shot well at the New Zealand In­ter-Is­land In­terSe­condary School com­pe­ti­tion.

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