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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.

Local and national champions in: Basketball | Equestrian | Hockey | Rowing | Tennis

  • Athletics – our Athletics team achieved many top placings at both the Canterbury and South Island SS Athletics Champs.
  • Basketball – The Senior A team won the Canterbury Champs and placed 2nd in the South Island. The team went to Nationals for the first time in several years – as one of the top 12 teams in the country.
  • Cross Country – teams continue to dominate in most grades and at Canterbury level.
  • Cycling – 2nd girls’ school at South Island Championships and many top individual female cyclists in South Island and NZ
  • Duathlon Champs (Canterbury), Rangi took out the U14, U16 and U19 titles. We also took many top placings in the Triathlon.
  • Equestrian – Winners of the Canterbury Interschools Show jumping championships, and One Day Horse Trial championships.
  • Hockey – 5th Federation Cup (1st XI), from 32 teams, 1st Chris Arthur Cup (2nd XI) in national NZ Secondary Schools tournaments.
  • Netball – the senior A team won the Supernet Reserve title.
  • Road Race – top three placings in Canterbury.
  • Rowing – our rowing team competed strongly at the Maadi Cup and were named top girls’ school, finishing an overall 4th.
  • Tennis – Premier team came 1st at the Canterbury Secondary Schools tournament, 2nd in South Island, 5th in NZ Secondary Schools competitions. Also, we won the Senior and Intermediate Singles and Doubles champs at the Canterbury SS Tennis Champs.
  • Touch – our Super Touch team won the weekly Canterbury senior competition and placed 5th at the South Island champs.
    Waterpolo – our senior team continues to hold their 3rd place spot at Canterbury level, and this year they were 4th in South Island competitions

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

Joe Piggot

Sport Coordinator, Head Year 7/8 Sport


Pippa Young

Director of Equestrian

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

Mark Cotham

English Teacher, Head of Rowing

Coaching staff

Aaron Ford – former Canterbury Cats coach and Canterbury representative

Remi Feneon – former French junior Tennis champion and Canterbury regional coach for seven years

Paul Foster – former New Zealand Volleyball captain

Grace Fursdon – understudy to Maria Hassen (Athletics NZ middle distance running coach)

Caleb Harrison – Canterbury Basketball Development Academy head coach and former USA University National Champion assistant coach

Brad Hemopo – Crusaders Rugby development squad player

Ross Kennedy – specialist strength and conditioning coach

Frances Mackay – current Canterbury Magicians player

John Mills – former All Black, Canterbury and Auckland rep

Fiona Paterson – former Olympic and World Championship Rower

Marc Prutton – current national junior Road Cycling coach

Darcy Rose – Canterbury Wildcats player and former coach

Anna Thompson – current Mainland Tactix player and former Silver Fern

Hapi Tohiariki-Lines – former New Zealand U19 Touch player and Canterbury U17 Touch coach

Shane Verman – current assistant coach to the Mainland Pride

Ashleigh Ward – former New Zealand U20 women’s Football squad

George Williams – Canterbury age group Waterpolo coach

Anna Wruck – New Zealand women’s Beach Volleyball team