The Sports Awards Dinner at Alexandra Park on October 27 was a great occasion for students and their whanau to celebrate sporting success.
Natalie Brook and Ben Skelton were named Victrix Ludorum and Victor Ludorum respectively, while rowing pair Nick Bryan and Cam MacGillivray were awarded the Headmaster’s Cup for Team of the Year.
The Te Aroha Keenan Cup for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Girls was awarded to orienteer Molly McGowan while Nick Bryan also won the comparable boys’ award – the Olympic Cup.
Natalie Brook has played 1st XI Cricket, Senior Squash and 1st XI Football this year. She captained the 1st XI Girls Cricket team and was named co-winner of the MAGS Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year. Natalie has also received her Sports Lion in three codes and was part of the 1st XI Girls Football team who were runners-up at Nationals.
Ben Skelton is the MAGS Athletics Captain, Senior Champion, Throws Champion and placed third in the Auckland Championships in Discus. Ben has been a member of the Premier Basketball team since 2019 and earned his first Sports Lions as a Year 10 student for Premier Basketball and Athletics. Ben has been part of the 1st XV Rugby team for three years and has won the most consistent forward the past two years.
Molly McGowan has had an exceptional year in Orienteering and has led the Girls team to their best result ever. Her individual results include: 1st NZSS Individual Sprint, 1st NZSS Individual Long, 1st NISS Individual Sprint, 1st NISS Individual Long, 1st AKSS Individual Long, 1st AKSS Individual Rogaine, 1st AKSS Team Relay, NZ Representative for Southern Cross Challenge, 1st Australian Schools – Southern Cross Team Relay, 2nd Australian Elite Womens U20 – Sprint, 3rd Australian Elite Womens U20 – Long, 1st U20 NZ Sprint.
Nick Bryan, who is the Boys Rowing captain, has won Gold at the Maadi Cup in the Pair and Four, NISS gold in U18 Pair, U17 Pair and U18 Four, Head of Harbour Gold in the Eight, Pair and Four, and at the New Zealand Senior National Championships he was fourth in the Coxless Four and sixth in the Pair. He was also selected in the Coxless Four representing New Zealand at the Junior world Championships.
He and Cam MacGillivray (pictured above right) won the Team of the Year title for their gold medal at the Maadi Cup this year in the Coxless Pair, backing up their win in the event the year before. They added another Maadi Cup gold when they formed part of the Coxed Four this year.
Special guests on the night were Albertians Arun Panchia (NZ Hockey), Elle Temu (NZ Netball) and Adi Ashok (Auckland Cricket), who took part in a Q&A session about their time at MAGS and their sporting life with questions from student Ben Hellriegel.
Elle and Arun were awarded their Black Caps for becoming internationals along with Albertians and MAGS sports coaches Liam Chapman (Underwater Hockey) and Tutu Tairea (Sevens). Tutu was honoured with a haka from the girls and boys rugby players.
Guest were also treated to a musical item by Isaiah Nin, Nathan Setefano, Hokioramai Dunn and Lisi Chrichton.
You can read the full list of awards here
Sports Awards 2021
Sylvia Brunt and Luke Clements (pictured right) were named Victrix Ludorum and Victor Ludorum respectively in the 2021 Sports Awards.
Due to Covid restrictions, the format for this year’s awards was somewhat different to past years – held outdoors for ventilation, and with masks and social distancing.
Luke Clements was named Victor Ludorum for his achievements as the Boys Captain of MAGS Athletics, which he has been a member of since Year 9, earning his five years of service to Premier sport this year.
He is the New Zealand Secondary Schools and Auckland Secondary Schools open Steeplechase champion and has been named MAGS Senior Athletics Champion.
Luke was also a member of the winning 4x 400m Senior Boys relay team. He is also co-captain of the Boys 1st XI Hockey team, having also played in this team for all his five years at MAGS.
Luke has been MAGS Senior Boys Cross-country Champion the last three years as well as competing for the Champion Boys Orienteering team and representing NZSS in the Orienteering World Champs in Estonia as a Junior.
Sylvia was named Victrix Ludorum for her achievements as Captain of the Rugby Girls 1st XV, who were named Auckland Champions this year. Sylvia also played for the inaugural Blues Women’s Team, the Farah Palmer Cup Auckland Storm team and attended the Black Ferns Development camp.She has played in the NZ Condor 7s team, which also won the World 7s tournament. Sylvia has won the MAGS Girls Player of the Year trophy and the Player with the Highest Representative Honours trophy, both for Rugby.
Tarin Love won the Olympic Cup for Outstanding Boys Achievement in Sport.
Tarin is Captain of the Premier Boys Squash team that won the Premier Auckland season as well as the Auckland Champs tournament. He was a member of the MAGS team that has won two national titles and was selected for the NZSS team to compete in 2020 and 2021. Tarin also won the MAGS Senior Squash Champion trophy this year and received his certificate for five years of service to a Premier team.
Hannah Adye won the Te Aroha Keenan Cup for Outstanding Girls’ Achievement in Sport.
Hannah is Girls Captain of the MAGS Athletics Team. She is the current NZSS Open Women’s Pole Vault Champion, the Auckland Secondary Open Girls Champion and the New Zealand Junior Women’s Champion.
Sports Awards Evening 2020
The importance of sport at MAGS was celebrated just as much as sporting achievement at the Sports Awards Evening 2020 held on October 21 in the FW Gamble Hall.
Headmaster Patrick Drumm said that with the school year disrupted by lockdowns, training for and playing sport had helped students maintain discipline and get back into routines – something that should help them in their upcoming exams.
For the second year running Latonya Lole was named Victrix Ludorum while Andre Pickering was named Victor Ludorum.
Latonya is the Athletics Captain and Senior Champion, the Premier Netball Captain, part of the AKSS Rugby 7s Condors team, and MAGS Mixed Touch co-captain, who are AKSS Champions.
Andre is a member of the Boys 1st XI Hockey team, plays in the Boys Lacrosse team and 3rd XI Football, and is the top skier at MAGS, an AKSS Snowboarding medalist, and attended NISS for skiing and snowboarding.
The Squash Boys Premiers (Max Conder, Jae Kwan, Tarin Love, Riley McCracken, Mason Smales and Captain Jack Conder) were awarded the Headmaster’s Cup for Team of the Year after defending their national title.
The Te Aroha Keenan Cup for Outstanding Individual Achievement for girls was once again awarded to swimmer Brearna Crawford, while cricketer Adi Ashok won the comparable boys’ award – the Olympic Cup.
Brearna is an Auckland Champs Gold medalist, a National Age Group record holder in 100m & 200m Breaststroke, and 50m and 100m Butterfly Auckland Record holder, and NZ Open Record holder in 100m Breaststroke.
Adi is the 1st XI Cricket Captain, played for the NZ U19 Cricket team, was named AKSS Cricket Players Player of the year 2020, and is MAGS Best All Rounder.
Guest speaker and Albertian Sir Bryan Williams set the tone for the evening with an entertaining speech about how important sport had been in his life as he went from joint Victor Ludorum at MAGS in his final year of 1967, to being named in the All Blacks in 1970, and going on to be a rugby coach and administrator.
Sir Bryan, who played 38 test matches for the All Blacks, said the discipline and determination he had learned in the course of being a top rugby player and athletics champion at MAGS helped him with his studies and to stick at a law degree through tough times. He said he was grateful to MAGS for all he had learned and went on to achieve, and loved giving back to the school. In recognition of that, in 2017 MAGS’ No. 1 rugby field was named the Sir BG Williams Field.
At the conclusion of his speech, Sir Bryan was presented with the first MAGS Centenary hoodie and received a huge round of applause.
The night also saw the awarding of Blue Caps to MAGS’ Auckland representatives and Black Caps to MAGS’ NZ representatives. Nine students were also recognised as Elite Premiers for representing MAGS at Premier level for each of their five years at school: Monica Kelly (Basketball), Adi Ashok (Cricket), Jayden Dahya (Hockey), Mitchell Cooper (Orienteering), Luca Eastwood (Orienteering), Jydee Leonard (Orienteering), Aidan Skinner (Orienteering), Mikayla Cross (softball), Jack Conder (Squash).
You can see a full list of Blue Caps, Black Caps and individual sports award winners here
Sports Prizegiving Dinner 2019
An outstanding year of success in the sporting sphere was celebrated at the Sports Awards Dinner 2019 at Alexandra Park on October 23, with world champion kayaker Lisa Carrington as guest speaker.
Latonya Lole and Lachlan Pearce were named Victrix Ludorum and Victor Ludorum respectively, while the NZ champion Softball Boys Premiers (pictured above) were awarded the Headmaster’s Cup for Team of the Year.
The Te Aroha Keenan Cup for Outstanding Individual Achievement for girls was awarded to swimmer Brearna Crawford while basketballer Nate Wilson won the comparable boys’ award – the Olympic Cup.
Fencer Charlie Bioletti won the Service to MAGS Sport Cup for offering his opponent a rematch when he discovered he had been wrongly awarded victory.
The night also saw the awarding of Blue Caps to MAGS’ Auckland representatives and Black Caps to MAGS’ NZ representatives. Six students were also recognised as Elite Premiers for representing MAGS at Premier level for each of their five years at school: Rikki Fiatau (Basketball), Zane Harrison (Lacrosse), Jack Norris (Lacrosse), Eva Williams (Swimming), Dylan Moon (Touch ) and Moanekah Va’ai (Touch).
Lachlan was named Victor Ludorum as Captain of the MAGSRow team and Co-captain of the First XI. He also played MAGS Football and was a member of the Maadi 8 to make the A final.
Latonya Lole was named Victrix Ludorum having represented MAGS in three Premier sports this year. She is Co-captain of the Athletics and Premier Netball teams, and was a member of the Premier Girls Touch Team. She was named Auckland Netball Premier Player of the Year and was selected to represent New Zealand against England for New Zealand Secondary Schools.
The Premier Boys Softball team won Team of the Year for finishing first in NZ Secondary Schools, winning the national title in a longer format competition than seen in previous years. This is the seventh consecutive year that MAGS has won this national title. They also finished 1st in AKSS and 1st in the AKSS One-Day Tournament.
Brearna Crawford won the Te Aroha Keenan Cup after breaking every Auckland age group swimming record she has attempted and collecting an amazing 46 Gold medals, 19 NZ Age Group records and two NZ Open Records. Brearna also represented New Zealand at the Junior Worlds meet in Budapest and was a member of the first MAGS team to win a NZSS title.
Nate Wilson won the Olympic Cup for his achievements in Basketball. He was an influential member of the Premier Boys team that finished 3rd at the New Zealand Secondary Schools competition this year and was also named in the tournament team. Nate played in the Auckland U19 team who were runners-up in the New Zealand U19 National tournament and was named in the tournament team. Nate represented New Zealand this year as a member of the Junior Tall Blacks who competed in China and has received the MAGS Most Outstanding Basketball Award this year.
You can see a full list of prizewinners here
Sports Prizegiving Dinner 2018
Isaac Munro and Sharne Pupuke-Robati were named Victor Ludorum and Victorix Ludorum respectively at the MAGS Sports Dinner on October 24 at Alexandra Park function centre.
High achievers were presented with their Blue Caps (Auckland representatives) and Black Caps (NZ representatives) as well as the school’s top sports prizes.
The event was MC’ed by Deputy Principal Tom Murdoch and kicked off with a song from Premier Netballer Latonya Lole.
Headmaster Patrick Drumm told the large crowd that while sporting success was to be celebrated, it was only part of the journey at MAGS.
Guest speaker on the night was Cameron Calkoen, who was born with cerebral palsy and was told his biggest challenges in life would be walking and talking.
He forged a career as a champion athlete and an inspirational speaker, as well as being an entrepreneur, a fundraising dynamo for charities and an ambassador for the disabled.
He told the assembled guests that his athletics and professional career began just by “turning up”, and that was the way to get ahead in life: turn up and give it your best shot.
When it came to the big awards, Sharne was named Victorix Ludorum. She is captain of the Girls Premier Basketball team that won the AKSS Basketball title, and came seventh at NZSS Basketball, where she also made the Tournament Team. She also played for NZ U17 Basketball.
She is the Premier Netball shooter in the team that was recently crowned National Champions, and that came third in the AKSS competition.
She was part of the MAGS Girls Rugby Sevens team that won the AKSS competition, and she is a Tania Dalton Scholarship Recipient.
Isaac, who was named Victor Ludorum, is a member of the Boys’ Softball team that won the Auckland school competition, and won the New Zealand Schools Championship for a sixth year in a row. He is a member of the 2nd XV Rugby team that placed second in the Auckland competition. He is the top skier at MAGS, and is a member of the Premier Water Polo team that competed at NZSS.
Team of the Year was the National Champion Premier Netball side, while swimming sensation Brearna Crawford won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sport (Girls) and Premier Softballer Floyd Nola won the equivalent award for Boys.
Orienteering champion Liam Thompson was the inaugural recipient of the Service to MAGS Sport award for sacrificing his chances in a race to help a competitor who had become lost.
List of Black Caps here, Blue Caps here, and prizewinners here
Sports Prizegiving Dinner 2017
Victor Ludorum Isaac Munro and Victrix Ludorum Maddy Gordon with Headmaster Patrick Drumm and Guests of Honour Taylah Hodson-Tomokino, Kyle Harris, Karl Te Nana and Isaiah Papali’i.
Maddy Gordon was named Victrix Ludorum and Isaac Munro Victor Ludorum, at the 2017 Sports Prizegiving Dinner at Alexandra Park on Wednesday, 25 October.
The Team of the Year was Premier Boys Softball, and the boys’ and girls’ awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sport were presented to Orienteer Mitchell Cooper (left) and Swimmer Brearna Crawford (right).
Maddy received her award for excellence in Athletics, Netball, Swimming, Volleyball and Cross-Country. She was also the joint winner of Senior Girls Athletics Champion with Grace Jale. Isaac Munro was named Victor Ludorum for his success with the Premier Boys Softball Team, winning the top Skiing award, and excellence in Swimming, Waterpolo and Rugby.
The Premier Boys Softball won the NZSS title for the fifth consecutive year this year. Mitchell Cooper represented New Zealand at the World Orienteering Championships in Italy and came 6th. Brearna Crawford, still only in Year 10, has won multiple Gold medals in a number of Swimming competitions in New Zealand and Australia, while setting new Auckland and New Zealand records.
Guests of honour were Albertians Kyle Harrris, Taylah Hodson-Tomokino and Isaiah Papali’i, who were interviewed as a panel on stage by Commonwealth Games gold medallist and MAGS parent Karl Te Nana.