2020 Howick Sports Awards

Posted on July 08, 2020

Macleans College and its students featured recently in these local awards.

Year 12 student Nicholas Drummond (Snell House) along with his team-mate Blake Hinsley from Botany Downs Secondary College  won the Junior Team of the Year. Nicholas has crewed in the RS Feva class and previously sailed Optimist and represented New Zealand both in the 2018 Asian Championships held in Myanmar and the 2019 World Championships. He currently sails a Starling and is team captain for the Macleans College 420 Sailing team.

Year 11 student Vivian Lu (Batten House) won the Sportswoman of the Year award. Her record of achievement in golf is exceptional. She plays in the Official New Zealand Golf Academy and represented New Zealand in a number of international golfing events in Australia and Asia. Vivian achieved first in Auckland Strokeplay and second in New Zealand Strokeplay.

She was awarded the Macleans College Junior Sportswoman of the Year in 2019.

Year 10 student James Trathen (Snell House) won Junior Sportsman of the Year.  James is a member of the Pakuranga Athletic Club.  He is the fastest middle-distance runner for his age in New Zealand.  He has won the New Zealand Road Race Championships, achieved five gold medals at the Colgate Games and also won multiple golds at the Auckland and Counties-Manukau Championships.  James won the Athletics Auckland Junior Pentathlon Championships and this season has set two Auckland, one Counties-Manukau and five Pakuranga Athletic Club records.

Macleans College won the High School of the Year award. The school continues to provide top quality teams across all sports. The level of participation by the students is high. Social sport is also very important, with over 400 students involved on Saturdays in sports including Basketball, Badminton and Table Tennis. These activities are run by the eight houses.

In addition there is Inter School house sport which is run at lunchtimes with students being used to officiate and run this under the guidance form the sports department.

Year 13 student Taylyn Vallet (Upham House), Year 10 student Brooke Stansfield (Snell House) and Year 9 student Alex Hamilton (Upham House) are members of Black Ice, a mixed age synchronised Ice Figure skating team, who won Team of the Year.  Black Ice are the current New Zealand national titleholders.  They won gold at the Australian National Championships.

Former Macleans College Deputy Principal Sue Miller (1980 – 2003) received an award for Services to Sport. Her contribution to Netball over 40 years has been impressive. She has coached school teams and been on the Executive team of Howick Pakuranga Netball and a representative team Manager, as well. She has also been part of the Exceutive of Manukau Netball and managed Netball New Zealand invitation teams. Her involvement with Counties Manukau Netball has equally been extensive.