Samuel Marsden students win big at College Sport Wellington Awards
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School had 18 girls nominated for the 2017 College Sports Wellington (CSW) Awards presented at Te Rauparaha Arena this week. Four made it to the finals; Imogen Skelton (athletics), Ruby Leverington (rowing), Jade Otway (tennis) and Rachel Bertschinger (floorball) and two won their individual codes. Imogen Skelton was female Athlete of the Year and Ruby Leverington female Rower of the Year.
Imogen Skelton (Year 12) has been achieving in the high jump and running for some time, and this year she joined the 34 strong squad of athletes who represented New Zealand in the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. They joined 1,300 competitors representing 70 countries. Imogen was the only Wellington athlete and competed in the 800m and high jump, winning a bronze in the high jump and jumping a personal best of 1.76m.
Marsden Year 13 student Ruby Letherington has led the way in Marsden rowing, both as Head of Rowing and in breaking school records with her medal-winning performances. The 17-year-old won silver at the North Island Secondary School Championships and bronze at the Maadi Cup, both in the under-18 single sculls. She also won silver at the K2 regatta (under-18 single sculls) and, together with Marsden Director of Rowing Rachel Gamble-Flint, won gold in the women’s coxless quad sculls at the North Island Club Championships. Ruby will be heading to America in August 2018 to study at Indiana University, having received a full rowing scholarship.
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Acting Principal Margaret Adeane said, "We are very proud of our girls, of their dedication and the hard work they put into their sports. We are pleased to support our students with our sporting programmes and centres of sporting excellence at school, to enable each student to reach their personal best."
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School Excellence in Sport Scholarships for entry in 2018 are open.
Ruby Leverington (AH Photography)