Burnside High celebrates sporting success

STANDOUT YEAR: Golfer Amelia Garvey ​was awarded the Principal's Cup for outstanding achievement. PHOTO: Supplied

Promising golfer Amelia Garvey won the Principal’s Cup for outstanding achievement at the Burnside High School sports awards.

The talented 17-year-old golfer collected one of six awards handed out at the Aurora Centre.

Amelia won the Canterbury secondary schools’ stroke play title, and finished second at the nationals with the school’s mixed golf team.

She qualified for the LGPA New Zealand Women’s Open earlier this month and made the cut to play the full four rounds.

In March, she won the New Zealand women’s amateur stroke play championship recording a winning score of 15 under par which saw her finish six shots clear.

She also won the South Island women’s stroke play championships in February.

Amelia was recently named New Zealand Eagles Golfing Society golfer of the year. Other winners of the title over the years includes Stuart Jones, Bob Charles, Danny Lee, Tim Wilkinson and Lydia Ko. She is also a member of the Canterbury women’s golf team.

Five other Burnside High School sports awards were handed out on the night:

•Tsubasa Nisbet, 17, won sportswoman of the year after a standout year with both the Burnside basketball and volleyball teams. As well as playing in the senior volleyball team, she coached a junior girls team this year.

She has also been the girls basketball most valuable player for the last four years and is the senior captain. She was a member of the Canterbury Wildcats, Canterbury under-19s and the New Zealand under-18 women’s team which came second at the FIBA Oceania Championships.

•Alexander Zhou, 17, won sportsman of the year and is captain of the Burnside boys table tennis team. The boys team won the Canterbury and New Zealand secondary schools’ championships this year. Alexander also won the South Island under-21 boys championships. He is a member of the New Zealand under-18 table tennis team and a member of the Canterbury team.

•The Burnside boys and girls table tennis teams both won team of the year awards. Both teams also brought home titles in their first year at the national schools tournament.

The boys won the Canterbury secondary schools title after beating the girls team.

•Girls team members Avon Liu, 17, and Jiayi Zhou, 17, won national secondary schools individual titles.

Avon took out the under-19 title and Jiayi won the under-15 title.

•Burnside netballer Ketana Armstrong, 17, won the contribution to sports award. In term one she co-ordinated and organised junior indoor netball.

During terms two and three she was involved in netball as a senior player, an umpire and was a coach. Ketana was also the sole venue controller for the Wednesday netball competition held at Burnside High.