Pair inducted to hall of fame
Two high-achieving skiers have been inducted into Cromwell College’s Hall of Fame.
At a hall of fame celebration at the college earlier this month, freeride big mountain skier Sam Smoothy and slalom and giant slalom Special Olympics skier Ben Blanche were recognised for their achievements.
Cromwell College Head of Physical and Outdoor Education Steve Hodkinson said the school instigated a sports hall of fame and roll of honour last year.
‘‘The idea was to celebrate the success that former students from the college have had in their sporting achievements. Inductees need to have represented New Zealand at the highest level in their sport.’’
Last year, netballer Belinda Colling and ice hockey’s Rob Sangster and Chris Sangster were inducted, he said.
‘‘Sam showed the students some videos of his crazy runs and spoke about his time at Cromwell College and the life he now leads as a professional skier.
‘‘Ben Blanche thanked the college for getting him up the mountain as a student and sowing the seeds of what is now his passion. He is off to the Special Olympics World Games next year representing New Zealand in his skiing events.’’
BMX rider Josh Smith and golfer Inia Logan were inducted into the school’s roll of honour, Hodkinson said.
Inia Logan, Sam Smoothy, Josh Smith and Ben Blanche were were recognised at a Hall of Fame celebration at Cromwell College in September.