Sport Blue

This is the most prestigious award that we give in recognition of outstanding excellence in individual or team sport.  The applications are collated towards the end of Term 3 and a group of staff and members of the Senior Leadership Team come together to decide the awards.

Sport Blue Criteria

Team Sport - gained selection into the highest possible Otago age grade team (must play at tournament).

Individual Sport - either obtain 1st place at Otago Championships or obtain top three placing at South Island/National event or higher.

NB: Athletes receiving a Sport Blue in an individual or team sport must be performing at a senior level eg. U16 age group minimum.  Athletes who achieve at this standard in a team or individual sport at U15 level or lower are eligible for a Junior Sport Blue.

If a student can represent Taieri College they should do so.  It a student chooses not to be part of the college team without suitable reason (eg. would unduly limit their personal progress) it may not be looked on favourably by the committee.  For all sports, the committee will investigate the following with their sporting body:

  • How big was the field?
  • How big is the sport in Dunedin/Otago/nationwide?
  • What commitment/sacrifice did the athlete show to get to the competition?
  • Could the athlete have gone to the next tier of competition?
  • Under consultation the committee reserve the right to amend the criteria.

For major sports, clearer guidelines are itemised below.  Blues are generally not awarded to teams.

In the instance where a small team (eg. triathlon) was to reach an exceptionally high level (eg. top three in New Zealand), it may be appropriate for the Blues Committee to award a Blue to all members of the team.  This is at the committee's discretion and recognises that each member of the team would need to be performing at a very high level for the team to achieve this.

Where an individual does not have a pathway to reach a higher level as it does not practically exist without leaving the college then a Blue may be either awarded at the discretion of the committee or other guidelines may be put in place.

Points prizes will not be considered.

Under consultation, the committee reserves the right to amend the criteria.

Guidelines for Specific Sports

Athletics/Cross Country
Attain first placing at Otago Secondary Schools or higher championships or top five placing at a NZSSS national sanctioned event

Basketball 
Otago age group A team (need to travel to the tournament)          

Cricket
Full Otago age group A team travels to tournament against legitimate opposition (eg. Canterbury, not North Otago)     

Netball 
Otago age group A team Dunedin Netball Centre representative team

Rugby
U14, U16 or U18 representative team (need to travel to the tournament)

Football
Football South A team representative

Hockey
Otago age group A team representative 

Swimming
Top three placing at SISS or national secondary school qualifier or top three Division 2

Tennis
Otago age group representative to travel to the tournament

Touch
Otago age group (need to travel to the tournament)

Application for 2024

Click HERE for the nomination form for the 2024 Sports Blue.  These close Friday 8 September 2024.

 

Top Sports Awards

2023

Taieri College Sportsman of the year - Josh Munro

Taieri College Sportswoman of the year- Neve Beattie

Team of the year- Snr Mixed Touch

2022
Taieri College Sportsman of the Year - Ollie MacKenzie
Taieri College Sportswoman of the Year- Ella MacKenzie
Team of the Year – 1st XI Cricket Team

2021
No awards due to COVID.

2020
Taieri College Sportsman of the Year - Ethan Walker
Taieri College Sportswoman of the Year- Zharna Bettie
Team of the Year – Taieri College Softball Team

2019
Taieri College Sportsman of the Year - Trey Russell
Taieri College Sportswoman of the Year- Zharna Bettie
Team of the Year – 10A Netball Team