Top high school sporting talent recognised at prizegiving

TOP PERFORMER: Lucy Turner has added another trophy to her collection after being named sportsperson of the year at the recent Lincoln High sports awards. PHOTO: Supplied

A solid year in a variety of sports is why Lucy Turner was crowned sportsperson of the year at the Lincoln High School awards.

The talented student is sharp at athletics, quick on the hockey turf and a champion in the equestrian saddle.

Lucy’s trophy cabinet will be bulging after a stellar year which included awards in the 1500m, second in the school’s athletics champs and most valuable player in the first XI hockey team.

Her achievements also include selection in the Canterbury under-18 women’s hockey team, being the national under-21 two-star equestrian eventing champion and selection in the under-21 eventing trans-Tasman team.

She is also captain of the girls first XI hockey team as well as each of the school’s equestrian teams

Other awards handed out on the night were:

•Year 9 sportsperson of the year – Zoe McMeeken

Zoe was the first girl to finish in all age groups in the Lincoln High cross-country.

She also won the year 9 girls 1500m and high jump at the school’s athletics day.

When not running distance events, Zoe plays football and was named the most valuable player in her futsal team.

•Year 10 sportsperson of the year – Reece Rush

GO GETTER: Reece Rush won the year 10 sportsperson of the year for his competitiveness in duathlons and triathlons this year. PHOTO: Supplied

Reece is a talented sportsperson, particularly in the areas of cycling and running. He has used these talents, along with his swimming ability, to compete in duathlons and triathlons at the Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand secondary school levels.

•Year 11 sportsperson of the year – Millie Thompson

Millie has shown talent in equestrian, touch and hockey.

She won the Canterbury secondary schools dressage competition, was named the top rider in the highest grade and was selected in both the Canterbury area dressage team and the New Zealand one-day under-21 development squad.

She is a co-captain of Lincoln’s mixed touch rugby team which won the Canterbury and South Island championships and her efforts earned her a call-up to the Canterbury under-16 girls touch team.

She was also included in the West Coast under-18 girls hockey team for the inter-regional competition.

Millie was second in Lincoln’s intermediate girls athletics champion this year.

TIRELESS EFFORTS: Sophie Hill was named sports volunteer of the year for her commitment to the sport of netball. PHOTO: Supplied

•Sports volunteer of the year – Sophie Hill

Sophie has given a significant amount of time to netball, including coaching, officiating and managing.

Sophie managed the year 10 netball team at the junior secondary schools South Island tournament and ​has also given a large amount of time to refereeing netball games for Lincoln High.

•Sports Values Cup – Mason Stearn

Mason has played for the school’s first XI football team for the past four years, and was captain for two.

He is fiercely competitive and combines this with being extremely respectful of all players on the field. His talents were recognised by being named captain of the Canterbury youth football team.

•James Shield for sports team of the year – Lincoln High A shooting team (Lincoln Roper, Jared Haylock, Ethan Kempthorne, Logan Howe and Charlie Jessep)

The team came first at the Canterbury secondary shooting championships and was named top team in the competition.

They won the North Island competition and came fourth at the South Island championships.

At the national tournament, they were only two points behind the winner.

KEEN CRICKETER: Emma Kench was awarded the King Cup for general excellence in girls sport. PHOTO: Supplied

•King Cup for general excellence in girls sport – Emma Kench

Emma is a talented football and cricket player. She represented Canterbury in the Magicians cricket team. She also played for the Canterbury United Pride football team, where she was named player of the year and won the top striker award.

She has also captained the school’s first XI cricket and football teams.

•Brown Cup for excellence in boys sport – Reece Rush

The year 10 student competed in both road cycling and mountain biking.

He has achieved placings at Canterbury and South Island competitions in sprint, hill climb, criterium and time trial races.

He was the quickest boy in the school’s cross-country event out of all age groups. In athletics, he is the school’s junior boys champion.

JOINT WINNERS: Henrietta Christie and Maia Broughton were both awarded the Williams Cup for sports performance of the year. PHOTO: Supplied

Williams Cup for sports performance of the year – joint winners Henrietta Christie and Maia Broughton.

Henrietta is a talented cyclist and has competed in numerous competitions at the Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand level.

She won the under-16 girls section at the recent national road championships, which earned her the joint award with Maia.

Maia’s is a talented runner.

In the national track and field championships in March, she won three gold medals in the under-18 grade as a 15-year-old. In the 200m, she broke her own Canterbury record.