Wednesday November 1, 2017
Athletic multi-talent awarded for rowing and basketball play An athletic international Queen Margaret College (QMC) student is one of 12 students across six categories to be recognised at the Wellington International Student Excellence Awards at the end of October. Year 12 student Amber (Shiyu) Jiang, who has come to New Zealand from China, received
an award in the sports category at the annual event for excelling in both rowing and basketball. Amber plays in the QMC Senior A Basketball team and rowed for the college last year. “I was so excited I got it. I was very pleased,” she says “The other person who won in my category plays for his
country so I was pretty happy I won.” Amber received her prize alongside international students from other schools who received accolades in academics, community engagement, arts and culture, leadership and alumni categories. “The best part of the event was
the kapa haka performance and getting the award,” Amber tells. She says she enjoys being part of the QMC sports community. “We played pretty well in basketball this year; the Senior A team made the regionals for the first time ever.” As well as being part of the Senior A Basketball team, this
Cricketers launch season with new sponsor
with Jacob Page
By Julia Czerwonatis
Labour weekend was the official kick-off for the cricket season, and with that, the Johnsonville club has secured a new major sponsor to support their teams. Russell Properties, a family-owned business based in Churton Park, has signed up for a three-year sponsorship. “We wouldn’t exist without important sponsors like Russell Properties,” Julian Allen, Johnsonville Cricket Club chairman, says. “We are incredibly grateful for Mike Russell and his commitment to our club.” Established in 1886, Johnsonville Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in the Wellington region and is based on Alex Moore Park. Julian says the Johnsonville club was one of the bigger cricket clubs in the Wellington region and its diversity was characteristic for them. “We have about 350 members, and teams throughout the junior age grades from up to seniors. “We’re also reflecting the cultural diversity of the community.” Russell Properties director Mike Russell says their business
year she refereed for and was the assistant coach of the Junior A team. Amber has also played badminton and is now trying her hand at tennis. “Playing sport has helped me to meet new people, make more friends, and improve my English,” she says.
Mo’unga has rugby fans cheering ‘Richie’ yet again
Julian Allen and Mike Russell. PHOTO: Julia Czerwonatis
got involved through a “minor” contribution towards the Johnsonville cricketers last year. “We were impressed with the club and its organisation,” Mike says. “We felt our contribution was really appreciated. “When it was brought to our attention that the club was looking for a new sponsor, we wanted to get on board – we fi-
nally wanted to give back to the community that has supported us since 1994,” Mike explains. He says as a local business they were looking to support a local group that promotes outdoor activities. “So this was a perfect fit.” The money will mainly go towards the junior teams and pay for their coaching, equipment and clothing.
Who would have thought Canterbury would have a new Richie to hail so soon after Richie McCaw. Mo’unga - Richie Mo’unga is now arguably the most trusted and respected man in Canterbury rugby and must be putting pressure on the All Blacks selectors to play more of a role in the black jersey. His record breaking 25 points in the NPC final against Tasman, including two sensational individual tries effectively took the wind out of the sails of the Makos’ fast start. He and he alone was head and shoulders above everyone else on the field and his form, both in general play and with the boot, has been phenomenal since the Super Rugby playoffs. The 23-year-old could have his best years of rugby still ahead of him. Wellington’s return to the top flight of New Zealand rugby is long overdue and while they made hard work of the extra time 59-40
final victory over Bay of Plenty, they may be strong challengers to Canterbury’s decade of dominance. It would be interesting to know if there is a level of regret with the All Blacks’ brains trust over not having Mo’unga on the bench during the loss to Australia last week. Damien McKenzie didn’t cut it at 10 since he hadn’t played there since high school. McKenzie is set to play in that role for the Chiefs in Super Rugby in 2018. Mo’unga has had the breakthrough year that New Zealand rugby fans should be excited about. He can fill the third No 10 spot in the national ranks that was left vacant by the departure of Aaron Cruden. He was the shining light of this year’s NPC and that could mean come 2018 you may see him in more black than red and black.
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Independent Herald 01-11-17