24 Aug Nayland celebrates student success

Mitsuko performs with flair

It all started when she was 5 years old and attended the Learn to Skate programme at Nelson Rollerskating Rink. Now Nayland College Year 12 artistic skater Mitsuko Nam has been selected for the NZ team to compete at the Oceania Championships in 2017. Mitsuko has already had some high-level competition experience this year after qualifying for the National Championships for Artistic Rollerskating in July and representing the Southern Area. The keen competitor says she ‘only’ spends 11.5 hours a week training and would like to do more. “It just makes me happy” she says. Mitsuko encourages both adults and children who are interested to come to a learn to skate class, just like she did. They are held from 10-11am on Saturdays for adults and children and from 1.30-2.30 for adults only at the Nelson Rollerskating Rink.

Kalani cross country

Kalani gives all to conquer cross-country

Kalani Sheridan, pictured here in green, white and black, says he gave everything he had to come 2nd in the recent NZ Under 18 Cross Country Championships in Auckland. The course was a tough one with plenty of mud and hills. “I ran too hard. I couldn’t do anything for one and a half hours after the race,” Kalani said.

The Year 12 Nayland College student represented Tasman at the championship where he was pitted against runners from all over the country. He trains locally with the National Academy of Distance Running where he clocks up 14-20 km runs 4-5 times a week.

Recently Kalani has found inspiration in watching the Olympic Games in Rio and would like the opportunity to be there himself one day. He has been watching the progress of NZ 1500m runner Julian Matthews particularly keenly, as he trains with Matthews’ younger brother. In the shorter term, Kalani will have to settle on Australia as his next destination as he represents NZ in Canberra at the Australian Championships this month.


Sophie Young Volleyball

Sophie’s off to Oz

Year 10 Nayland College student Sophie Young has plenty to be proud of. She has been selected for the South Island Youth Women’s Under 17 team yo play at the Australian State Championships at the end of next month. One of only two from the top of the south, the other team members come from Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.

Sophie has been playing volleyball since year seven. She was one of the talented junior players selected to be part of Nayland’s senior A team which went to nationals in Palmerston North in April. She plays the position of setter where she is responsible for setting the ball up for the hitters.

Sophie is looking forward to going to represent the South Island on the Gold Coast in Australia. “It’s exciting. We get to go to theme parks and have fun” she said.
Josh Ryan Cycling

Josh wins B grade

The Tasman Wheelers cycling club have just finished their Winter Race Series with 10 races held and four competiton grades per event. Riders receive points for where they finish, so 1st place getters receive 10 points. Nayland College student Josh had the most points by a large margin and he also won three races. As a result, he will probably be booted out of the B grade and go into the A grade where he will race against some high calibre riders such as former Olympian Robin Reid and his own dad, Seamus Ryan. He’s pictured here with B grade second place winner Russel Clementson.
Sophie Usui Joy

Artist depicts joy and dark

Nayland College Year 13 Art and Design student Sophie Usui made the top 20 finalists in the Light and Dark secondary school character design competition run by Animation College. The competition was open to high school students in years 11-13 nationwide. Entrants had to design a character depicting two contrasting emotions: one light and one dark. Her character representing joy is pictured here. Painting teacher Mike Friend says Sophie has an extraordinary talent in many aspects of art and design.