Recent Success Stories

2017 has been a fantastic year of sporting success for our Greymouth High School students both representing the school and further afield in West Coast and even at National level.


This starts at the beginning of the year where our Coast to Coast team of Blake Robertson (kayker), Ben Williams (runner) and George Rubbo (cyclist) placed 1st overall in the school category, 2nd overall in their gender and 3rd overall in the two day - three person event - this achievement has earnt them a finalist position in the 2017 Zonta Sports Awards.

For the 2018 Coast to Coast we are entering a boys team of Max Rubbo (kayker), Ben Williams (runner) and teacher Marty McDonald (cyclist), an individual of George Rubbo and a girls team with Rachel Crawford (kayker), Ainslie Campbell (cyclist) and Mikayla Sweetman (runner). We cannot wait to see how these teams go in the World Multi-Sport Championships.


This year we sent away 7 talented teams in the Winter Tournament week, this included the Junior Netball Team, Senior Netball Team, Junior Girls Basketball, Mixed Hockey, U15s Rugby, Senior Girls Basketball and Senior Boys Basketball. To send away so many teams and be very competitive at the majority of tournaments is very impressive for our small school and of course could not be done without the amazing support we receive from our wider community. Having volunteers step up into coaching, managing and organisational roles is the only way sport can continue to develop - also we cannot forget to thank the many organisations and individuals who provide important financial backing or sponsorship, we hope we do you proud!


The Senior Boys Basketball Team also qualified for the Schick National Championships in Palmerston North from their recent success at the Secondary Schools Premierships, the boys placed 7th out of 11 top teams in the country to gain the highest placing Greymouth High School has had at these National Championships. To finish the year off with the bang for this team Coach Mathew Wood received the Coach of the Year Award at the recent West Coast Sports Awards.


Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in secondary schools and that is easy to see with Grey High having a huge 9 teams entered into the local West Coast Club Competition for 2017! We have had many of our player proudly represent the West Coast at various age group level but we have also had Ruby Roberts (U15), Tyra Jamieson (U17) and Mila Rose (U17) pull on the blue and red uniform of Tasman Basketball - Ruby was even given the leadership role of captaining the U15 team. This is a great achievement as basketball is showing no signs of slowing down throughout the country.


Brooke Smith who is a very talented MotoCross rider gaining the top crown of the South Island Secondary Schools 12-19yrs Ladies Champion and also competing very well in the Canterbury Secondary Schools Championships placing 2nd in the 15-19yrs ladies competition riding in very tough conditions.


Jenna Williams has been shooting the lights out in the sport of Compak Shooting, she is only a Year 10 but has been shooting amazingly in the Women’s Competition and outclassing others in her age group. Competition successes in 2017:

  • Competed at the New Zealand Sport Clay Shoot finishing mid field

  • South Island Compak Shooting, finishing 4th in the Open Women’s Category

  • Nelson Waimea Compak Sport Shooting Competition - Junior Club Champion, also competed in the Open Women’s category finishing midfield

  • Nelson Compak Sport Shooting Trophy Champion - Open Women’s Category

  • Top of the South Island Compak Sport Shooting - 2nd in the Open Women’s Category


Griffin Neame has been on fire in the 2017 sporting season with his great achievements in Rugby League. He was selected in the New Zealand Residents U16s Team, New Zealand U17s Merit Team, South Island Scorpions U17s team, named the Scorpions Most Promising Player and named West Coast Senior Player of the Year. With Griffin only being a Year 12 he still has a lot to achieve in his final schooling year in 2018 and as always we watch with great anticipating to see his next sporting success.


The South Island Scorpions Rugby League teams are chosen from all regions across the South Island and is a fantastic achievement for Tom and Jack Campbell (U15), Levi Pascoe, Griffin Neame and Sincere Harraway (U17) to be selected in these teams. League is always a hotly contested sport throughout New Zealand and great achievement for these players getting to the next level and representing the West Coast with pride.


Ella Rae-Wood competed at the Horse of the Year competition hosted in Hastings this year. Ella won the 1.05 championships and in doing so had to qualify out of 100 riders in two previous classes which she won to make the top 30 riders to contest the championship. Ella is a very talented rider and is going strength to strength in every competition she competes in.


Morgan Barrett competed at the Seddon Shield Darts Competition held in Blenheim earlier in 2017. She competed exceptionally well as players from all over the South Island attend this competition. Being still a junior in the darts world Morgan stepped up in the Women’s Plate Round coming out the champion! This is an excellent feat and great to have student picking up the alternative sport of darts, really making waves with her composure as a junior competing at senior level.


This is just a snippet of the amazing success some of our student have competing for the school, their region or at national level. We are very proud of their achievements and cannot wait to see what 2018 brings!


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