Term one, in particular, tournament week for summer sports, has produced some outstanding results for Burnside High School, and showed great potential for the year ahead.
Every year Burnside’s volleyball teams are very competitive and there were high hopes for the three teams that attended the National Championships in Palmerston North, especially after the Senior A Girls team not only placed first at the Canterbury Championships but also placed first at the South Island Secondary School Championships. The Senior A Boys team placed eighth in division three, Senior A Girls placed eleventh in division one and the Senior B Girls came second in division four. In addition, a handful of Burnside girls were selected in New Zealand age group squads made up of twenty-four players that will eventually be cut to twelve, so we wish them all the best.
The Junior Boys futsal team played way above their years and managed to make both the Canterbury Championships and National Secondary Schools finals, but were unfortunately pipped at the post and finished second at both. Both the boys’ and the girls’ water polo teams competed in the South Island Secondary Schools tournament in Invercargill and both teams placed an impressive fourth.
Burnside is also filled with talented athletes, and acquired many titles at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Championships, with thirteen first places, eight second places and fifteen third places. The group also produced exceptional results at the South Island Secondary School Championships with nine third places, five seconds, six first places, and two South Island Records.
The Senior Girls touch team also competed well throughout the term, placing third at Canterbury Championships and fourth at South Island Secondary Schools, setting them up for a fighting chance at the National Secondary School tournament in December. The softball boys were joined by Meshelle Rosvall this year and they placed eighth at their South Island Secondary Schools’ Tournament which was in Invercargill. Max Marshall, a Year 12 student, placed first in the under-17 age group at the South Island Surfing Championships. Burnside was also very well represented by a mountain biking team along with a group of 28 rowers at the Maadi Cup who all competed very well at their respective sports.
Jack and I hope that the success continues, but also that as many students as possible are involved and enjoying sport just as much as we do, because we have experienced first-hand through playing in many Burnside teams over the years how awesome it is.
Sport is a great opportunity to not only succeed but also to make great friends, try something new, and show off your abilities outside the classroom. There are also opportunities to be involved by showing school spirit, supporting from the sidelines as a small cheer from the crowd can make such a difference in an intense game. All these fantastic results have made me, Jack Roberts (Head of Sport), and the school as a whole extremely proud and it shows promising signs for the rest of the year with such talented athletes.