St Peter's Athletes To Represent New Zealand at Oceanias
St Peter's students Conor McGiven, Lauren Henry and Charli Miller have been selected to represent New Zealand at the 2017 Oceania Area and Combined Events Championships in Fiji from 26 June – 2 July. A phenomenal accomplishment for each of these athletes.
At just 14 years old, Charli Miller, steeplechase and 3000m middle distance athlete is one of the youngest athletes to qualify for a New Zealand team. It is a testament to the coaching of Coach Ange Russek and Charli's hard work that Charli has attained this selection at such a young age.
Coach Russek recognised her times were competitive enough for selection in the U18 age group and Charli worked extremely hard for her place. Amazingly, Charli will still be eligible for this age group for the next four years!
Charli Miller - St Peter's School, Cambridge
Conor McGiven, 400m, 400m hurdles and relay sprinter and coach Jess Patrick set making the 2017 Oceanias as a goal in July 2016. Since then, Conor has been following a personalised training programme aimed at becoming competitive in two events. Conor’s notable personal best in the 400m at the New Zealand Track and Field National Championships and his bronze medal in the 300m hurdles gained him selection into the U20 age group.
Connor Mcgiven - St Peter's School, Cambridge
Lauren Henry, 100m, 200m, long jump and 4 x 100m athlete started athletics again when she came to St Peter’s in year 12, after taking a break in year 9. Since then, Lauren has won medals at a New Zealand level and is now in her first international team. Coach Patrick and Lauren have balanced Lauren’s training around her football with the support of St Peter's Performance Excellence Coordinator Gaylene Eyre. Lauren is ecstatic to be representing New Zealand athletics in the U20 age group. She is also representing New Zealand Maori in football at the end of the year in Colombia.
Lauren Henry - St Peter's School, Cambridge
Coaches Russek and Patrick are extremely proud of the St Peter’s Athletics team and are speechless (for the first time!) about having three athletes representing themselves, their school, their family and New Zealand at the 2017 Oceania Area Track and Field Championships!