Area schools com­pet­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL SPORT - By CHE BAKER

Stu­dents from Cen­tral Otago’s two area schools have ar­rived in the North Is­land to show off their sport­ing skills as they com­pete at the New Zealand Area School Tour­na­ment. A to­tal of 16 stu­dents from Man­iototo Area School and Roxburgh Area School, eight from each, flew to Whangarei on Sun­day to take part in the event as part of the South-of-the-South squad. Area schools from across New Zealand were sep­a­rated into five zones, North­land, Cen­tral North, Top of South, Can­ter­bury and the South-of-the-South, and teams were made up of stu­dents from the schools in each zone for the tour­na­ment. Cen­tral Otago stu­dents were rep­re­sent­ing their schools in net­ball, rugby, vol­ley­ball, bas­ket­ball and fut­sal (a vari­ant of soc­cer). They were se­lected for the teams af­ter a South-of-the-South area schools tour­na­ment, which in­cluded Wa­iau Area School (Tu­at­a­pere), Lawrence Area School and Twizel Area School, held in Ran­furly ear­lier this year. Roxburgh teacher Lynda Wal­shPasco said the tour­na­ment was spe­cial for stu­dents be­cause it was the chance for elite ath­letes from ru­ral schools to com­pete to­gether. ‘‘From this tour­na­ment stu­dents have the chance to be se­lected in New Zealand Ru­ral School teams,’’ Mrs Walsh-Pasco said. Man­iototo school prin­ci­pal David Hunter said the tour­na­ment was a ‘‘spe­cial and unique’’ chance for the stu­dents to get ex­po­sure at a national level. Both schools were con­fi­dent that stu­dents would be se­lected in the New Zealand teams. The four day event kicked off on Mon­day and will run un­til to­mor­row.

Photo: CHE BAKER 628188181

A-game: Man­iototo Area School stu­dents, front row, Shakhan Ta­p­atu, 15, Court­ney Smith, 13, back row Brett Per­riam, 16, James Guild-In­der, 17, Darcey Hawea, 14, Laura Dowling, 14, Colleen Hol­lows, 16 and Ray­mond Hol­lows, 18, are com­pet­ing at the New Zealand Area School Tour­na­ment as part of the South-of-the-South squad in Whangarei this week.

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