Athletics is a core sport in that all our sports have running, jumping and throwing as vital elements. The School has a proud tradition in Athletics and is fortunate to have a supportive local Athletics Club giving access to the all-weather training facilities at Cooks Gardens.
A ‘School of Excellence’ is not an Academy. So, what’s the difference? Many schools run sports academies. The WCS Athletic School of Excellence has major differences:
The School has a strong tradition in cricket and fields teams at all levels. The 1st XI has a strong fixture calendar with some more than 100 years old. An impressive record at Gillette Cup Competition is testament to the strength and importance of the sport. The 2nd XI plays in the local men’s Division 2 competition as well as Inter-School fixtures and the 3rd XI play in the midweek T20 competition against local schools. The Girls XI play a number of Inter-School matches, including St Matthew's and New Plymouth Girls' High School.
Our Year 9/10 teams enjoy a very competitive Inter-School fixture list playing against many of the lower North Island Colleges. These include Rathkeale College in the Wairarapa, Palmerston North Boys' High School in the Manawatu, Scots College in Wellington, and in Taranaki Francis Douglas and New Plymouth Boys' High School.
The sport is well-supported by the WCS Cricket Supporters' Club that helps with the development and maintenance of our four turf cricket wickets, five turf practice wickets and other cricket facilities in our School. Students are encouraged to reach beyond the School and play in representative teams.
WCS Cricket Academy High Performance Programme
The aim of the Academy is to develop the natural talent, flair, technical skill, mental attitude and general cricket knowledge, as well as etiquette, of Academy Cricketers to prepare them for the rigorous demands of Provincial, State and eventually International cricket.
The high-performance programme, run by professional cricket coach Dilan Raj, caters to individual needs. Guest coaches hold clinics and Academy students have individual programmes customised to meet their own needs and requirements. Sessions are during the students' free time or designated period, and will be separate to normal training times. The programme breaks at the end of Term 1 and recommences at the start of Term 3.
Students will have to have displayed significant cricket/athletic talent and commitment in their respective age groups.They will also need to have the following attributes:
1. A good academic record with a continued high work ethic throughout the year
WCS Sailing Club remains our very best-kept secret. A number of students enjoy our wonderful facility which is a 10 minute drive from our campus on Lake Pauri. Our Sailing Club is well resourced, housing a number of social and competitive boats at the Lake. What largely started as a recreational sport has become a competitive sport with our students sailing in various regattas all over the North Island.
Rowing has long been a major sport at the School. The School has its own rowing sheds on the Whanganui River and the strong Club is well supported by the Rowing Supporters' Club. Both boys' and girls' teams enter major regattas and we have a proud tradition at the Maadi Cup, a premiere event at the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Championship Rowing Regatta.
The WCS Swimming Club operates from the nearby Splash Centre. This centre is a 3 minute walk from our campus and offers warm water and excellent training conditions. Close to 100 swimmers ranging from competitive to learner swimmers take part in the sport. The WCS Swimming Championships, held in Term 1 at the school, is linked to our strong House competition and a large number of students enjoy a competitive swimming opportunity.
Tennis is offered at all levels, ranging from beginners to developing players , to our top Inter-School team. Both boys and girls enjoy the programme, facilitated by two professional coaches. Divided into beginner, development and squad groups, the programme offers exposure to the coaches who ensure maximum development and improvement of all players. Using our 6- court facility, as well as the local club, allows maximum court time for all. The top team plays a number of Inter-School fixtures against local and lower North Island Schools.
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