Audrey Gregan Aims for Olympics

14 July 2013

 

 

Record-holding runner Audrey Gregan has been invited as a gold level member of the Athletics NZ Potential Performance Squad for the 2020 Olympic Games. This means the 16-year-old has been identified as having potential to place in the top 16 at the 2020 Olympic Games.

 

Audrey is the Auckland record holder in the U18 women’s 3000m and 5000m events, Athletics NZ 3000m champion and holds the Auckland and North Island Secondary Schools title for 1500m and 3000m. She also won the Central Zone and Auckland Secondary Schools cross-country and placed 2nd in the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ cross-country.

 

Her next venture however, will be travelling to Ukraine in July for the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships. Audrey has been running since she was 12 and is coached by Marianne Duston, the College’s very own Head of Careers and running coach.

 

Here are Audrey’s achievements so far for 2013:

  • Auckland record holder in U18W 3000m and 5000m
  • Athletics NZ U18W and U20W 3000m champion
  • North Island Secondary Schools 1500m and 3000m champions
  • Auckland Secondary Schools 1500m and 3000m champions
  • Second in the 3000m and 4th in the 1500m at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney
  • Central Zone Cross-Country champion
  • Auckland Secondary Schools Cross-Country champion
  • 2nd at New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross-Country competition

 

 

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Success at Cross Country Nationals

14 July 2013

St Cuthbert's Cross Country Runners

 

Distance runners have a special kind of determination and discipline. They have   to train for many hours in all kinds of weather and this year, the hard work of College runners is paying off.

At the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Cross Country in Christchurch last week, Audrey Gregan (our College champ) won 2nd place and was selected for the New Zealand team. This tops off a fantastic season for Audrey, who won both the Central Zone and Auckland Secondary Schools Cross Country competitions.
And earlier in the year at the Auckland Secondary Schools’ Cross Country our senior girls 3-person team (made up of Audrey, Charlotte Jackson and Alex Beggs) won their event, as did our intermediate 6-person team of Sophie Rees, Tessa Wylie, Gabriele Hawkins, Rose Fitzgerald, Kayla Fairburn and Kate Ivory.We also had winners in the junior girls event at the NZSS champs.

A team of Tessa Wylie, Gabriele Hawkins and Kate Ivory won the 3-person race and along with Devon Lowyim, Samantha Moriarty and Rose Fitzgerald, came 2nd in the 6-person team event.

Solving the World’s Problems

14 July 2013

 

A St Cuthbert’s College student has been busy solving the world’s problems.

Elizabeth Huang placed 1st in the International Future Problem Solving Competition in June in the United States.

The 15-year-old competed in the individual booklet category in the Middle Division and was up against other high school students from all over the world.

Elizabeth has competed for the past three years and travelled to the international competition with a St Cuthbert’s team in 2011.

Last year was her first year competing individually and she placed 1st in New Zealand. This year she travelled to the US with the Kristin School team.

Future Problem Solving is a rigorous academic programme involving research and understanding of a large global scale issue. This year’s topic was the Global Status of Women, which Elizabeth researched and read reports about.P1040868

Students are given a future scenario and must come up with an action plan to solve the problem the scenario contains. They apply a six-step problem solving process to the scene and tackle the social, scientific, political, economic and technological issues involved.

Elizabeth’s ‘solution’ to problems associated with the status of women was an exchange programme, where men and women swap places so men learn and understand the discrimination women can face.

Competing in the Individual Booklet category means Elizabeth has to complete the six-step process by herself in just two hours – it’s probably the most challenging of the very academic FPS programme. She says the best part of the competition is meeting people from all other the world and seeing their approach to different problems: “It’s been an eye-opening experience”.

NZ International Mathematical Olympiad Team

14 July 2013

 

Natalia Chen won’t be running, jumping or swimming at this Olympics but she’s still hoping to bring home a gold medal.

The 16-year-old St Cuthbert’s College student has been selected to represent New Zealand at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Colombia this July.

Natalia is one of six students and the only girl chosen after a rigorous selection process that involved a training camp where 24 students participated in problem-solving activities, lectures and sat an exam.

It is the second consecutive year Natalia has represented New Zealand in this competition. In the 2012 Olympiad in Argentina, she was the highest scoring New Zealand team member and won a bronze medal. Like this year, she was also the only female on the team.

Being part of this team adds to a list of mathematical honours for Natalia including third place at the 2012 Eton Press Senior Mathematics Competition and a ‘Distinguished’ award at last year’s Australian Mathematics Competition. On top of this, Natalia is also a talented musician.

The New Zealand Mathematical Olympiad Committee was established in 1986 and has sent teams to the International Olympiad since 1988. In those 22 years the New Zealand teams have won 1 gold, 4 silver and 33 bronze medals. The committee’s objective is to raise the level of motivation, enjoyment and achievement in mathematics.