Inside the US Olympic Training Centre, Colorado Springs USA

Inside the US Olympic Training Centre, Colorado Springs USA


Three days of talks and discussions throughout this symposium which were provoking, challenging and interesting. The great part about this was we all go to know each and every one of the 100 coaches throughout the conference with multiple breakout discussions and interactions both in the conference rooms and around the campus.

The Head US Olympic sports psychologist kicked things off with a fantastic ice breaker to get us all acquainted. After a series of ‘challenges’ we were paired up with a complete stranger and had three minutes to tell them about our role within sport, while they sat there in complete silence.

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Green Room Transformation

Our purpose built Indoor Green Room recently underwent a complete transformation.

Over the space of a week, the floor surface was removed and replaced with a brand new surface, made from the highest specification product, installed with a shock pad underfoot which will meet the current World Rugby Regulation 22.

Made from Melos EPDM Bionic Fibre, it is virtually odourless in comparison to the SBR rubber we previously had.

The infill is the first time a green coloured product has been used in New Zealand with Polytan having installed 19 of the last 25 fields in Australia with EPDM Bionic Fibre.

One of our most sought after spaces, the Green Room is a unique space that our clients love to use, and no doubt they'll be making of the most of transformation.


Howdy y'all from the US of A

Howdy y'all from the US of A

After a good night sleep in LA I caught the 7am flight to Colorado Springs. I was met by Shelly, a lovely lady who collects athletes and staff that stay at the USOC base. She proved to be a great tour guide and told me about the city and surround features.

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James' Blog: USA here I come

James' Blog: USA here I come

In just a few short days I jet off to the USA for the US Olympic Strength & Conditioning conference and my excitement levels are definitely rising! This excitement is also tinged with some nervous excitement as its quite intimidating  just who ill be rubbing shoulders with next week.  My trip will see me depart Auckland late on Tuesday night, arriving in Los Angeles 8 hours before I left.

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2017 Sir Gordon Tietjens Sevens Tournament

The fourth annual Sir Gordon Tietjens Sevens Tournament returned to our venue this weekend. The event saw 34 secondary schools from around New Zealand converge on our fields to take out the three titles on offer.

  • Open Boys Division: St Paul's Collegiate
  • Open Girls Division: St Mary's College Wellington
  • U15 Title: Home town school, Palmerston North Boys High School
  • Dawson Tamatea Memorial Award for the Open Boys' MVP: Taine Craig-Ranga from Tauranga Boys' College
  • Dawson Tamatea Memorial Award for the Open Girls MVP : Sydnee Wilkins from Motueka High School
Open Girls Division Champions, St Mary's College Wellington

Open Girls Division Champions, St Mary's College Wellington

Open Boys Division Champions, St Paul's Collegiate

Open Boys Division Champions, St Paul's Collegiate

U15 Division winners, Palmerston North Boys' High School

U15 Division winners, Palmerston North Boys' High School

Dawson Tamatea Memorial Award for the Open Boys' MVP: Taine Craig-Ranga from Tauranga Boys' College

Dawson Tamatea Memorial Award for the Open Boys' MVP: Taine Craig-Ranga from Tauranga Boys' College

Dawson Tamatea Memorial Award for the Open Girls MVP : Sydnee Wilkins from Motueka High School

Dawson Tamatea Memorial Award for the Open Girls MVP : Sydnee Wilkins from Motueka High School

 

Full Finals reporting via College Sport Media:

St. Paul's Collegiate Wins For the First Time

In a replay of the 2016 final, St. Paul's Collegiate reversed their defeat to Tauranga Boys' College, prevailing 24-14. Tauranga started briskly when Connor McLeod scored the first try after a stylish reverse pass from head prefect Flynn Kelly.

A telling difference between the two sides was St. Paul's ability to win kick-off possession. Starved of the ball, Tauranga fell behind 19-7 when tries were scored by Liam Allen, Fergus Burke and Jock Yarndley.

Despite losing a player to the sin bin Tauranga rallied and a try to Taylor Kite reduced the deficit to 19-14.
Valynce TeWhare was one of the standouts all weekend for St. Paul's. The tall and powerful presence had the final say when he charged 40-metres for the winning try after collecting a deflected pass.

Earlier Tauranga enjoyed a resounding win against Palmerston North BHS in the semi-finals. Kelly scored three tries and Leroy Carter impressed with his creativity. 

Palmerston North had made the semis at the expense of Scots College. In a sometime spiteful quarter final Captain Sam Stewart scored two twice for Palmerston North while Jaylen Tuapola scored a try with the last play for Scots, but the conversion from in front missed.

St. Paul's had no such dramas in a close 19-12 semi-final win over Condor runners-up  Feilding High School. St. Paul's led for the entire match and a 65-metre runaway try by Luke Donaldson was a highlight.

St Mary’s win competitive Girls tournament
St. Mary's College successfully defended their title overcoming a determined Motueka High School 28-12 in the final. Risaleaana Pouri-Lane opened the scoring for Motueka from a penalty tap, but St. Mary's abrasive defence soon caused repeat Motueka spillages. Two tries from past halfway by Ainsleyana Puleiata put St. Mary's in command. 

Ivana Samani scored the last two tries for St. Mary's after Sydnee Wilkins had threatened to spark a Motueka comeback with a solo effort of her own.

St. Mary's was otherwise untroubled in reaching the final. Motueka stunned Hamilton GHS in the other the semi-final. Motueka scored two quick tries and hung on grimly to their advantage. Pouri-Lane, Wilkins and Lyric Siaki were among the players who shined and crossed the chalk for Motueka.

Montessa Tairakena was outstanding for Hamilton GHS scoring a try after she bagged two in the quarter finals. Captain and Condors MVP Jazmin Hotham was shutdown effectively in the semi-finals, but still enjoyed a productive day scoring four tries in the quarter final.

Under-15 Final
Palmerston North BHS won for the title for the third time in four years edging Feilding High School 19-15 in an explosive decider. Feilding Captain Terrance Graham caught Palmerston North napping early when he scored a try from a quick tap. 

Palmerston North soon gained the ascendency when Kalis Mason and Lafo Takiari-Ah Ching scored successive tries to make it 14-7.

Zane Brooks scampered away from a tighthead to close the gap to four, but a length of the field try to Tavita Henare-Schuster extended Palmerston North's lead to 19-10.

Feilding refused to surrender and when Graham completed his double the score was 19-15.

Reif Dawson had the chance to settle the contest for Palmerston North when he dribbled a loose ball all the way to the goal line, but fumbled without a defender in site. 

Feilding threatened a breakout, but a thumping tackle forced a Feilding mistake.