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NZ Secondary School Inline Hockey Championships

NZ Secondary School Inline Hockey Championships

The NZSSS Inline Hockey Championships took place over the May 19/20 weekend in New Plymouth. The event attracted seven teams from the North Island representing Waihi College, Hillcrest High School, Hamilton Boys's High School. Hamilton Girls High School, New Plymouth Boy's High School and combined teams from Horowhenua and Taranaki.

Tiana Davison making big strides in rugby

Tiana Davison making big strides in rugby

Taranaki’s Tiana Davison has known rugby all her life.

“I started playing rugby when I was three. Mum and dad took my up the club and I got out there and went from there.”

Both her parents played the game and her father played representative schools rugby in Australia. Her younger sister is also lacing up the rugby boots now too.

So it was with immense pride that Tiana donned the coveted black jersey recently to represent New Zealand at the Oceania U18 Sevens Championship tournament in Sydney.

New Zealand beat Australia 21-7 in the final, which qualifies them to compete at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, in Argentina later this year – pending the NZOC’s approval for the team to participate.

Needless to say, Tiana and her teammates are jumping at that opportunity, should it arise.

The Oceania tournament was supposed to be a five-team event, but Samoa and Papua New Guinea were late withdrawals. So it turned into a tri-series between New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.

Tiana, who is year 13 at Sacred Heart Girls' College, New Plymouth, explained the trip.

“We started with a camp in Auckland before flying to Sydney. We played Fiji and Australia twice over two days and then played Australia in the final. We won all games except the second one against Australia.”

Tiana started four of the five games and was rested in the second Fiji game.

Tiana plays as a working prop in sevens rugby and as a flanker or No.8 in 15s.

Programme offers youngsters 'everything'

Programme offers youngsters 'everything'

Hannah O'Connor, 17, has travelled all over the globe for her athletics yet she says when she's back home in New Plymouth she receives world-class care.

TSSSA & Sport Taranaki are excited to announce the 2018 Future Champions

TSSSA & Sport Taranaki are excited to announce the 2018 Future Champions

Cross country super star Hannah O’Connor (SHGC) and avid footballer Lee Boon (NPGHS) are amongst the Future Champions selected for the 2018 programme.

Cook Islands' lawn bowls pair win the country's first ever Commonwealth Games medal

Cook Islands' lawn bowls pair win the country's first ever Commonwealth Games medal

Bucket hats, sunglasses, chewing gum and all, this young bronze medal winning pair are proving lawn bowls success transcends age.

Taranaki teen to play for bronze in men's pair bowling at Commonwealth Games

Taranaki teen to play for bronze in men's pair bowling at Commonwealth Games

New Plymouth teenager Aidan Zittersteijn has a chance at winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games on Monday.

Phil Gayton honoured with Life Membership to Volleyball New Zealand

Phil Gayton honoured with Life Membership to Volleyball New Zealand

Congratulations to ex-Spotswoodian Phil Gayton (current Head of Sport at Spotswood College) on being awarded a Life Membership to Volleyball New Zealand during the Opening Ceremony of the 50th New Zealand Secondary Schools Senior Volleyball Championships held in Palmerston North last Sunday night. Phil has been involved in Volleyball coaching and administration for over 40 years and was the 2014 recipient of the TSSSA Service to Secondary School Sport Award. 

NZSS Inline Hockey Championships are coming to New Plymouth!

NZSS Inline Hockey Championships are coming to New Plymouth!

The 15th annual New Zealand Secondary Schools Inline Hockey Championships are coming to New Plymouth. 

Cycling: Teenage cyclists off to Oceania champs

Cycling: Teenage cyclists off to Oceania champs

Two 16-year-old Taranaki cyclists have packed their racing bikes to fly to Tasmania this weekend for the 2018 Oceania Road Cycling Championships.

Taranaki NZSS Summer Tournament Week Results

With 37 events taking place in the week starting 17th March, the 2018 Summer Tournament Week will see more than 10,000 students pull on their school colours with pride. 

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