On Tuesday the 19th March we took twenty-three of our top achieving Athletics students who qualified to compete at Canterbury, to Ngā Puna Wai sports hub for a chance to make South Island Athletics.

These Students competed in a range of events across the whole day and represented our school with pride. 

Amazing results throughout the day, but most importantly we saw the Horomaka unity and a sense of being ‘one’ at this event.  We cheered one another in events, our faces pressed up to the barrier to cheer them on.  We shared laughs throughout the day and seeing the joy on faces brightened up what is currently a difficult time for Canterbury.  We were very proud of Hillmorton High School and the way they carried themselves throughout the day. Well done to you all!

There were outstanding results from the day and nine of our students qualified for the finals held this Saturday at Ngā Puna Wai, following this event is South Island Athletics Championships in Nelson. 

We had three relay teams for the first time including a U14, U16 and U19 boys relay team. These boys raced strong and placed 4th in their heats, 9th overall and narrowly missed out on a spot in the finals by one place.  Well done to all who competed on this day and good luck to our nine finalists competing this Saturday: 

  1. Judith Tuilotolava for shot put
  2. Avau Filimaua for discus
  3. Denim Winiata for shot put
  4. Daniel Heyman for 100m sprint
  5. Shae Dunlop for High jump
  6. Joseph Trick for High jump
  7. Mukudzei Manuhwa for 100m sprint
  8. Nathan Lingham for 200m run
  9. Ryan Verwey for 100m sprint 

– Gabby Thomas 

By Gabby Thomas

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