Taking out Hynds Secondary School of the Year at the 26th annual Counties Manukau Sporting Excellence awards has come as a pleasant surprise for Waiuku College.
Waiuku College named Sports college of the Year
The awards night was on Sunday 26 November 2017 at the Vodafone Event Centre, Waiuku College Sports Coordinator, Judith Coe, was there to accept the award on behalf of the school.
“Just to have been named as a finalist was something very special, as we were up against 43 other schools from such a wide area,” she said.
There are many factors the Counties Manukau Sport consider for the Sports College of the Year award, including what new options have been introduced to the school, how they are run and developed, and the ratio of students who take part in physical education.
“This year has seen volleyball, AFL, archery and a fitness club introduced to the school. We have also reinstated a Waka Ama team, and are hoping to develop a AFL club in Franklin following on from the success of introducing the sport to our school. The last time I checked, we had 67 percent of our students in some type of sport, which is just fantastic,” explained Judith.
Judith said the accolade has been an achievement that she has enjoyed working towards.
“When I first started my role here at Waiuku College nine years ago, I thought that it would be pretty neat to be identified for our sporting excellence through that award, and now we have. It is great recognition that we are on the right track for providing a range of sporting opportunities to our students.”
However, Judith remains adamant that it is all due to the relationships and support from staff, parents and local clubs that have helped the school reach this success.
“We have such a wealth of knowledge and support from our parents, caregivers, local schools and sporting clubs who know what it takes for our children to reach their sporting potential. At the end of the day, it is all for our kids, and making sure they are exposed to as many opportunities as possible.”
Caption: Sports Coordinator, Judith Coe, proudly holds up the Hynds Secondary School of the Year award that Waiuku College recently took out.