Waimea College had their best result in three years of competing at the national secondary schools beach volleyball champs with two pairs of their five pairs winning medals and another two securing top-five placings.
South Island junior champions Grace Young and Alex Bloomberg won silver at the two-day tournament at Mt Maunganui losing just one game, the final 21-16, 22-20 to New Plymouth Girls’ High School. Grace and Alex had earlier beaten schoolmates Flo MacIntyre and Harriet Ogilvie in a tense semi-final – Flo and Harrier finished fourth.
Holly Chandler and Ellie MacIntyre lost only two games on their way to winning bronze in the senior competition. Matt Heyward and Tane MacDonald fifth in senior boys with Charles Ching and Nick McDonald Davies 11th in senior boys.
“They had 54 teams in the junior girls so to have two of our teams playing in the semi was fantastic,” coach Josh Ovsenek says.
“Every other pair was right there as well – Matt and Tane did well finishing fifth in their first year in seniors and Holly and Ellie played really well for third.
“It’s the first time we have had two pairs medal so it’s the best result we’ve had in three years. I’m already looking forward to next year.”
Nelson College for Girls’ Tali Uia and Nadja Baden finished 10th in senior girls.