Former Nelson College skipper Anton Segner will play his first season of professional rugby in 2020. Photo: Shuttersport.

Young sports stars to watch in 2020


Anton Segner

Anton Segner, Rugby.

The German flanker will enter his first professional season following a hugely successful Nelson College career. Anton spent two years in the New Zealand schools’ side and led Nelson to a UC Championship in 2019 where he was named player of the tournament. Anton was signed by the Mako as a sixth former and will don the famous Nelson RFC colours as he looks to crack the Mitre 10 Champion squad. “This year I’m very much looking forward to playing senior rugby and my goal is to get involved in the Mako environment as much as possible once the time comes around.”

Billy Check

Billy Check, Football. 

The Suburbs attacking midfielder made his MPL debut last season at just 15-years-old. Billy was a wider squad member of the New Zealand U17 side and recently moved to Wellington to link up with the Wellington Phoenix reserves. “For me making a sacrifice like moving away from home is pointless if I don’t make the most of this opportunity at the Phoenix.” He says he wants to be constantly improving his game and striving to be the best player he can be. “I want to be high performing in both the winter central league and the Handa Premiership in the summer.”

Holly Chandler

Holly Chandler, Netball

The defensive dynamo had another stellar season for Prices despite battling illness and injury. Holly was instrumental in guiding Prices to a second consecutive Nelson championship in 2019, pulling off two trademark intercepts in the final moments to secure victory. Holly also made the BEKO Mainland side and was a star for the Nelson Pines Volleyball team. Though she starts a new career this year, she will no doubt be a prominent figure at Saxton Stadium this season. I’m going into my first year of teaching this year so, I’m hoping to pass on some of my knowledge and enjoyment to the students at Brightwater.”

Jarrod McKay

Jarrod McKay, Cricket.

The Nelson College cricketer has enjoyed a rapid ascent in both the indoor and outdoor formats. After making his international debut for the New Zealand U22 indoor side, Jarrod was also selected for the Central Stags at just 19, taking two wickets in his first-class debut against the Knights. He says he hopes to become a regular for Central Districts A and make the indoor U22 World Cup. “I want to try and get faster and more consistent, to try and take me to the next level.”

Tysxun Aiolupotea

Tysxun Aiolupotea, Basketball. 

The Nayland College star guard, who led his side to an unlikely spot at nationals in 2019, will hope to be a regular for the Nelson Giants this year. Tysxun’s potential was recognised with a spot at the Steven Adams High School Invitational Camp as well as selection in the NZ Maori team last season. He says he hopes to make an impact on the court throughout the season and get as much exposure as possible. “I’m looking forward to most is the Giants season, mainly trying to soak up as much as I can and try get more playing time on the court.”