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CONCLUSION It has been a difficult year to gain momentum for our sport. Covid-19 restrictions our College Championships were truncated, reducing involvement. The sport finished early in Term 1 as Covid-19 restrictions meant interclub competition was reduced, and the cancellation of our normal secondary schools championships effectively finished the season in early March. In Term 4, Upper closed because of work on Upper West, our new multi-functional sports centre. We have relocated to Ngaˉ Puna Wai for training, hence our numbers have reduced because of the extra travel time. With the Canterbury Secondary School Championships being moved to Term 4, many of our usual competitors were not able to compete because of other commitments. Despite this, there have been some individual performances by outstanding athletes. We hope to have an invigorating new championship event at Ngaˉ Puna Wai and increase the exposure of the sport to the boys while building on our base now that we are back to our normal events. I wish to acknowledge the hard work of all the staff, coaches, and many parents again this year. I wish (after my saying he had retired last year) to acknowledge Tom Turner for returning to coach pole vault and high jump again when we were stuck for help. Without the level of commitment by these people, our successes could not have happened. On behalf of all our athletes, thank you for your hard work. As I always remind everyone: We don’t play athletics – we DO athletics. Graeme Christey MiC Athletics

Joesph Nash 4th U19 100m – 11.66 3rd U19 200m – 23.09 Archie Nijjar 4th 4x100m U14 Relay Aston Nijjar 2nd U16 Triple Jump – 12.41m PJ Palamo 1st U15 Shot Put – 12.66m 1st U15 Discus – 42m Ryan Primus 3rd U19 Long Jump – 5.77m 3rd U19 Triple Jump – 11.95m George Smith 9th U19 100m – 12.35 Rico Steere 8th U16 3000m – 11.27.40 8th U19 200m – 25.41 Henry Thin 1st 4x100m U16 Relay Jackson Thomas 2nd U19 Discus – 31.79m Lui Tupuola 1st U16 Hammer – 25.57m 2nd U14 Shot Put – 10.69m 2nd U14 Discus – 30.91m 4th 4x100m U14 Relay National Secondary Schools Athletics Championships Inglewood, 9–11 December After a two-year break because of Covid-19, the National Secondary Schools Athletics Championships were held. College sent a much smaller team than usual, and two more members did not compete because of illness and injury. In total, five athletes competed. Athletes navigated wet conditions on Friday and Saturday, but officials kept the programme moving, with a fine day on Sunday. Some results were affected by the weather. Three boys were the youngest in their age groups. Year 9 student Dylan Jackson was in the U16 grade, while Year 11 athletes Riley Diver and Armani Lemalu were in the U19 grade. Armani had to throw heavier weights in this new age category for the first time. All three boys have one to three more years in these grades. Armani did well to make the top six in the discus, while Riley recorded a personal

best in pole vault in the pouring rain – an impressive feat with a slippery pole up three metres in the air. I was grateful to Briar Wait, who pulled this trip together with so many variations and last-minute changes. The travel and accommodation were excellent. Matt Thatcher helped me manage the team, but was also a successful coach, with AJ Madondo coming 2nd in his triple jump event. He was also 3rd in the 100m. AJ Madondo continued his impressive start to the season, being named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association representative team. Althought a “paper” team, it means AJ could represent the country in an International Secondary Schools Competition. It made him eligible for travel subsidies to some national and international events. His selection was a significant achievement, putting AJ at a national representative level of performance. Riley Diver 6th Senior Pole Vault Final – 3.00m Dylan Jackson Junior 100m Hurdles Heat – 16.81 Junior 300m Hurdles Heat – 47.70 Armani Lemalu 11th Senior Shot Put Heat – 12.91m 6th Senior Discus Final – 45.38m AJ Madondo 3rd Senior 100m Final – 11.06 10th Senior Long Jump Heat – 6.20m 2nd Senior Triple Jump Final – 13.73m Ryan Primus 21st Senior Long Jump Heat – 5.62m 14th Senior Triple Jump Heat – 11.59m Interclub Record 29 October Athletics Canterbury U17 Triple Jump record AJ Madondo (CCCA) recorded a Canterbury interclub U17 record jump of 13.77m and followed up with another record effort of 13.86m. He earned an Athletics Canterbury Athlete of the Week Award for his efforts.


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