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Sport at Rangi Ruru

Rangi Ruru is one of New Zealand’s highest achieving schools in sport and consistently has the highest rate of sport participation in New Zealand.


We have a proud History of sporting success at local, regional and national levels for both team and individuals, and across a very wide range of codes.

Local and national champions in: Basketball | Cycling | Hockey | Multisport | Rowing | Volleyball

  • Athletics – our Athletics team achieved many top placings at both the Canterbury and South Island SS Athletics Champs. SISS 3 Titles, 1 Record in ParaEvent.
  • Basketball – Winners Bill Whelan Trophy, Canterbury Secondary School Champions 3rd SISS; 2nd SI school at Nationals.
  • Cross Country – Yr 9 team Canterbury Champions; Silver medal in 3 and 6 person team event at NZSS Cross Country Champs.
  • Cycling – Gold Medal U14 Team Time trial; Silver Medal U17 Individual Road Race at the SI Road Champs; Bronze medals– U17 & U15 ITT, U15 Road Race
    Cudon Tour Queen of the Mountain in two age groups; Silver Overall in U20 Age Group; Bronze Overall in U14 Age Group plus additional individual medals.
  • Hockey – 1st XI winners Canterbury SSPL Champions, 7th Federation Cup 2nd XI 6th at Chris Arthur Cup.
  • Multisport – Canterbury Duathlon/Triathlon – Medals for all individuals/teams that entered; NZSS Duathlon – Gold U19 & U13 Individual; Gold U19 Team; Silver U16 Team & U13 Individual. Rogaine – NZSS U19 Girls Champions.
  • Netball – Junior SISS Tournament – Year 9 team, 4th. Senior A – SuperNet; Senior B – Semi Finals 2A Saturday competition.
  • Road Race – Yr 9 team Canterbury Champions. Junior and Senior teams – 2nd Canterbury Secondary Schools event.
  • Rowing – our rowing team competed strongly at the Maadi Cup. Maadi 2019: Gold – U15 coxed four; U15 coxed eight; Silver – Novice U188+; Bronze – U178, U17 Coxed Four.
  • Skiing – 2nd Girls School Canterbury.
  • Tennis – NZSS Tennis Champs – 5th; NZ Cup – 3rd (Yr 9s).
  • Touch – SuperTouch – 3rd Canty SS comp; 5th SISS; Yr 7/8 – Koru Games Champions.
  • Volleyball – Senr A Winners Canterbury Satellite Tournament.
  • Waterpolo – Senior A – 2nd SISS tournament & Canterbury weekly competition; Junior A – SISS Champions, 2nd Chch weekly competition.

All girls participate in physical education as part of the curriculum and many belong to one or more sports teams. The school offers 30 sporting codes under the guidance of more than 75 coaches catering for a wide variety of interests and abilities.


We believe our investment in top quality coaches is of significant benefit to the girls’ success and wellbeing. Our coaches include a mix of current and former New Zealand representatives. We also boast a current National Junior Road coach for Cycling, former USA University National Champion Assistant Basketball coach and specialist strength and conditioning coach as part of our team.


Excellent on-campus sports facilities including the school gymnasium, pool, new water-based hockey turf, hard courts and the specialist fitness centre are used during physical education classes as well as for team training to help girls maintain their skills and fitness.

As part of Rangi Ruru’s commitment to sport, a new purpose built facility named the Wide Sky Centre is planned and will house a full size gym, fitness centre and teaching spaces.

Specialist SOAR Programme

SOAR (Supporting Outstanding Athletes at Rangi) is a specialist sports programme for athletes who demonstrate exceptional talent, potential and determination to reach the top level in their sport or sports of choice. The majority of these athletes will be local or representatives in their discipline. They may compete as an individual or as a member of a sports team.

The SOAR Programme provides these students with additional support, information and guidance to help them achieve their goals. Through SOAR, the Rangi Ruru Sports Director and her team offer these students access to information, speakers and resources which help them to be the best performers they can be, inside and outside the classroom. This includes expert support in nutrition, exercise physiology, physical conditioning and managing their busy lives.

There are limited spaces in the programme each year and girls apply for a place at the beginning of the year with priority given to senior students.

If you have any queries relating to the programme, contact Mandy Anderson, Director of Sport at

Sports Codes

Rangi Ruru offers many sporting opportunities to cater for the varied interests of students. These are represented at most levels and include:

Aerobics  Athletics  Badminton
Basketball Cricket Cross Country
Cycling Equestrian* Fencing
Football Gymnastics Hockey
Indoor Netball Kickboxing Lawn Bowls
Lifesaving Multisport Netball
Rowing Rugby Snowsports
Surfing Swimming Tennis
Touch Trampolining Volleyball

* polo, dressage, eventing and showjumping.

Rowing Sponsors

Rangi Ruru would like to thank the following sponsors for their ongoing support of rowing:

Rangi Rowing Sponsors

Sports staff

Mandy Anderson
Mandy Anderson

Director of Sport

BPhysEd and M.PR&TM
P: 03 983 3731 or 021 272 4263

Pippa Young

Director of Equestrian

M.Ed., B.A., TTC., Dip.Tchg.

Mark Cotham

English Teacher, Head of Rowing

Anna Waghorn - Sports Coordinator
Anna Waghorn

Sports Co-ordinator


Our Sports Coaches Make the Difference

We believe our investment in top quality coaches is of significant benefit to our girls’ success and wellbeing. Our expert coaching staff include:

  • Athletics: Kathryn Camp: Athletics NZ Middle Distance Runner
  • Basketball: Lori McDaniel: NZ U15. Head Coach, Former Wildcat Coach
  • Cricket: Kristy Havill: Canterbury Magician
  • Futsal: Hannah Hegarty: NZ Futsal
    Fern, Canterbury Pride Futsal Rep
  • Hockey: Aaron Ford: Canterbury Cats Coach, Hockey NZ Network Performance Coach, NZ U18 Mens Assistant Coach
  • Hockey: Sian Fremaux: Former NZ Blacksticks and Canterbury Cats player
  • Netball: Anna Kennedy: Former Silver Fern and Mainland Tactix player
  • Netball: Anna Waghorn: Former Canterbury Netball Representative
  • Rowing: Fiona Paterson: NZ Olympic & World Championship Rower
  • Andrew Potter: NZ World University Rowing team & Southern Regional Performance Rowing team
  • Julia Newman: Southern Regional Performance Rowing
  • Mark Cotham: NZ South Island U18 Rowing team coach
  • Olivia Ling: NZ North Island U18 Rowing team manager
  • Rugby: Brad Hemopo: Crusaders Rugby development squad player
  • Tennis: Remi Feneon: former French junior Tennis champion and Canterbury regional coach for seven years
  • Volleyball: Sam Cording: NZ Women’s Volleyball player & current NZ Ultimate representative
  • Waterpolo: Zoli Borus: Former NZ and Hungarian Player, Current NZWP Men’s Coach
  • Strength & Conditioning: Ross Kennedy: Specialist Coach
  • Mental Performance: Paula Rule