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.

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