Successful summer for Selwyn

Nikora Mata’afa with the Selwyn mascot, Troy Junior McGillicuddy and Maia Broughton with the club flag lead the Selwyn Athletics Club team into the Aorangi Stadium in Timaru for the Canterbury Champs. Photo by Vanessa Simmonds

The Selwyn Athletics Club is celebrating its most successful summer yet with the club being named the third top club in Canterbury following its overall team performance at the recent Canterbury championships.

The club is one of the fastest growing sporting bodies in the Selwyn district.

It began in 2012 on the grounds of Rolleston School with less than 50 children but quickly outgrew the school grounds and moved to Brookside Park in 2013.

Membership has grown steadily since then, with the club now home to well over 200 budding Selwyn athletes.

This season the club has been breaking all sorts of barriers including a record medal haul at this year’s South Island Colgate Games
in Invercargill.

Selwyn athletes brought home a total of 17 medals including 7 gold medals from the Colgate Games, which is regarded as the pinnacle of children’s club athletics.

In placing third at the recent Canterbury champs in Timaru the club had 22 athletes named in Canterbury representative teams.

The full list of SAC Canterbury reps is: Canterbury New Zealand Track and Field Team: Maia Broughton; Canterbury Interprovincial Team (Grades 12–13): Luke Barrett, Aaliyah Metcalff, John Mottus; Canterbury Grades Team: Grade 7 Girls: Chloe Edbon Collings, Saskia Kalotapu; Grade 7 Boys: Riley Metcalf Ngaroanga, Eli Craig, Nikora Mata’afa; Grade 8 Boys: Oliver Millar; Grade 9 Girls: Meg Edwards, Jody McCarthy Dempsey, Brooke Edbon Collings, Thomas Brooks, George Brooks, Neihana Mata’afa, Isaiah Savea; Grade 10 Girls: Samantha Snell; Grade 11 Girls: Charlotte Mercer, Chloe Middlewood Krsinic; Grade 11 Boys: Ben Airey, Izak Derik Westaway. 

Selwyn athletes Jody McCarthy-Dempsey (left) and Meg Edwards (right) receive their awards after finishing overall third and second respectively in the Grade 9 girls’ division at the Canterbury champs. Photo by Rachel Simons

Sami Snell gives it her all in the final of the Grade 10 girls’ 100m. Photo by Rachel Simons

Selwyn’s Maia Broughton hits the finishing line. Photo by Kim Greenhalgh


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