Nominations for the School Sport NZ Student Athlete Commission opened in March 2021. The selection panel noted the extremely high caliber of applications received and would like to thank all students and schools who took the time to submit an application. School Sport NZ is pleased to confirm the following students have been selected for 2021:

Isabella Doubleday - Kerikeri High School - Northland
Lana McCartin - Ellesmere College - Canterbury
Naomi Riddell - Tauhara College - Taupo
Paris Karaka - Rangiora High School - Canterbury
Julian Guppy - Karamea Area School - Buller
Emma Findlay - Taradale High School - Hawkes Bay
Ashleigh Bindon - Albany Senior High School - Auckland
Jonah Paistroff - Selwyn College - Auckland
Matt Larsen - Mount Maunganui College - Tauranga
Lily Pearce - Tauranga Girls College - Tauranga
Tia Fowle - Southland Girls’ High School - Southland
Una Denehy - Kristin School - Auckland
Jade Fairley - Rotorua Girls’ High School - Rotorua

The first meeting of the SAC will take place this Friday 4th June via Zoom with the first face to face meeting of the Commission taking place later this month.

School Sport NZ looks forward to engaging with this group of young leaders.


Facilitated by Sport Canterbury, six major sporting codes are taking action to set an example for their communities by establishing clear guidance around season transition dates. This is the story of how these six codes were able to come together, collaborate, and commit and act for the benefit of all their communities. 

In October 2020, Sport Canterbury facilitated a collective conversation with key winter sporting codes to suggest aligning winter season sport dates, with the wellbeing of young people at the centre. 

“Sports see this opportunity to put the wellbeing of our mātātahi first,” says Sport Canterbury Chief Executive Julyan Falloon. Falloon’s team has been dedicated to helping the sports navigate risks and opportunities – engaging their communities to ensure a successful transition. 

Mainland Football, Canterbury Basketball Association, Christchurch Netball Centre, Canterbury Rugby League, Canterbury Hockey and Canterbury Rugby have signed a Memorandum of Agreement, formalising intent to align start and dates for Winter 2021 youth seasons – across all six sporting codes. Christchurch City Council (CCC) and School Sport Canterbury have actively endorsed the proposal. Ultimately, this means codes have agreed that their winter season will not start before May 1 and will conclude before September 5.  

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It is hard to believe we are nearly halfway through term 2.  There are plenty of events happening in the next few weeks across the country to keep an eye on. 

Formally known as synchronized swimming, the newly renamed Artistic Swimming Championships will be held at the Jellie Park swimming complex in Christchurch over Queens Birthday Weekend.  The New Zealand Multisport Championship will be held the same weekend in Rotorua as part of the 3D Rotorua Multisport Festival.  The Secondary School Event will be held on Sunday 6th July and includes a 4.5km kayak, 21km mountain bike and a 5.5km trail run. This festival of events attracts participants from across New Zealand to enjoy some of the best paddling lakes, running and mountain biking trails the country has to offer.

The following weekend (12th and 13 June), Wellington will host the North Island Swimming Championship and then it will be the South Island’s turn on 19th and 20th June in Timaru.  It is great to see Badminton using the new tiered system by hosting the inaugural South Island Badminton Cup in Dunedin on 12 – 13 June. Badminton New Zealand have been thrilled with the interest in this new event and it will be exciting to see how this event develops in years to come.  

The Taranaki township of Hawera will host the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships on 19/20 June.   This year’s event will provide runners with a taste of an old-school cross-country course, with plenty of challenges and with the stunning Taranaki Maunga overlooking the proceedings.  

We hope all competitors, coaches and spectators enjoy their sporting experiences and travel safely.

Reminders for up-and-coming events and closing dates.

EventClosing dateEvent dateVenue
NZ Cross Country Championships10 June19/20 JuneHawera
SISS Squash16 June26/27 JuneTimaru
NISS Swimming21 May School Approval12 – 13 JuneWellington
SISS Swimming21 May – School Approval19/20 JuneTimaru





More details regarding all the events can be found on the School Sport New Zealand Website School Sport New Zealand - School Sport NZ Events (