Top ath­letes named

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Two Cam­bridge stu­dents have beaten al­most 100 Waikato ath­letes to win Win­tec’s Cham­pion of the Codes.

Hinewai Knowles from Cam­bridge High School is the winner of the women’s cat­e­gory and the men’s winner is Matthew Pol­lock of St Peter’s School Cam­bridge.

Cam­bridge High School’s sports co­or­di­na­tor Carl Hud­son says all their ath­letes put in their best ef­fort but it was great to have one of them in the top spot.

“It is fan­tas­tic that our very own Hinewai Knowles took out the top fe­male spot for Cham­pion of the Codes, es­pe­cially as she is a Year 11 stu­dent.

“All our ath­letes put in their best ef­fort and it is pleas­ing to see that we are right up there in the Waikato. We would like to pass on a mas­sive thanks to Win­tec for putting on this event and al­low­ing us to be part of it,” he said.

Se­condary school ath­letes now have plenty of warn­ing to get ready for next year’s com­pe­ti­tion, and ac­cord­ing to Hud­son, Cam­bridge High is go­ing to be one to beat.

“We are up for the chal­lenge again in 2019.”

St Peter’s School strength and con­di­tion­ing coach Todd Barker says there is noth­ing like some healthy com­pe­ti­tion to in­spire stu­dents.

“We’re re­ally proud of Matthew’s achieve­ment. Hav­ing the top male stu­dent in this com­pe­ti­tion is tes­ta­ment to the work that Matt has put into his own de­vel­op­ment, and high­lights the mahi that we’ve been do­ing to help grow our stu­dents’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Pitch­ing them against each other and other Waikato schools to win an award is a nice ex­tra to a long win­ter’s sport­ing ef­fort. It also show­cases the great work the Win­tec Sport Sci­ence and Hu­man Per­for­mance team are do­ing with our school and across the re­gion, and helps strengthen our re­la­tion­ship with them.”

Or­gan­iser and Win­tec Cen­tre for Sport Sci­ence and Hu­man Per­for­mance aca­demic, Jako Bekker says all the ath­letes did an out­stand­ing job of rep­re­sent­ing their schools and their sports codes.

“We’ve had an amaz­ing time work­ing with ath­letes from 13 se­condary schools across the Waikato. Now we have found our 2018 Cham­pi­ons of the Codes, I’m ready for the 2019 com­pe­ti­tion. This year we ran a suc­cess­ful pi­lot and next year we plan to sign up more schools.”

Over 10 weeks, se­lected ath­letes from 13 Waikato se­condary schools were tested for the chal­lenge de­vel­oped by Win­tec’s Cen­tre for Sport Sci­ence and Hu­man Per­for­mance to find the most ag­ile, pow­er­ful and the fastest Waikato ath­letes to win brag­ging rights for their sport and school. Waikato se­condary schools were in­vited to pi­lot Win­tec’s Cham­pion of the Codes.

Win­tec’s Sport Sci­ence and Hu­man Per­for­mance staff and post-grad­u­ate stu­dents vis­ited each school us­ing their per­for­mance test­ing skills and equip­ment to test some of the re­gion’s best ath­letes and name the over­all winners.

Photo / Peter Drury

Win­tec Cham­pion of the Codes women’s winner, Hinewai Knowles re­ceives her award from Win­tec Cen­tre for Sport Sci­ence and Hu­man Per­for­mance aca­demic, Jako Bekker.

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