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Halberg Awards

On Wednesday 15th of February, six students which included our four Sports Captains (Jessica Williams, Lachlan Piercy, Jess Pope and Josh Hewson) along with two Deputy Head students (Luke GIbson and Cruz Clarke) had the pleasure of attending the 60th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards held at Spark Arena. This event celebrates, honours and recognises sporting excellence within New Zealand whilst raising funds for the Halberg Foundation.

Our students were given the incredible privilege of contributing to the raising of funds whilst meeting and conversing with fantastic athletes. Upon arrival, we listened to incredible speeches from important figures within the Halberg Foundation, providing us with a deeper understanding of the importance of the foundation and its ongoing goal. Being the aim to enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders within sports and recreation. Additionally, each speaker consistently highlighted the importance of youth within sporting codes, and the need for more positive representation of minority groups. Following this, each and every school found familiarity in people once unknown, as we discussed the importance of sports in small groups.

Being seated within the arena surrounded by cameras, ambassadors, athletes, and families, the environment was very exciting and new. Witnessing Zoi Sadowski winning the Supreme Halberg Award Winner, Black Ferns Sevens Captain, Sarah Hirini winning the Sport New Zealand Leadership award, and even snagging a picture with Valerie Adams and Richie McCaw.

We deeply thank the Halberg Foundation for giving our students the incredible honour of attending such a monumental night, whilst proudly representing Rutherford College.


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