Area schools competing
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.
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.