by Greta Yeoman
Tennis, touch, athletics, rowing, basketball and bowls are among the sports on the calendar for South Canterbury secondary school athletes in term 1.
The first event of the year will be the Aoraki secondary schools tennis teams championship, to be held at the South Canterbury Tennis Centre on Thursday.
The second Aoraki secondary schools competition will be the Aoraki touch championships at Centennial Park in Oamaru on February 24.
This will be followed by the Aoraki lawn bowls event on March 1 at Timaru’s West End Bowling Club.
The Aoraki secondary schools athletics championships will be held on March 13 at Aorangi Park.
Entries are now open and close on March 8.
While not all who place at the competition will automatically make the regional team, selection for the Aoraki team for the South Island secondary schools championships will be held throughout the Aoraki event.
The South Island athletics event will be held in Nelson in late March.
Other Aoraki secondary events later on in term 1 include the Aoraki croquet event on March 27, Aoraki 3v3 basketball on March 29 and Aoraki senior volleyball competition on April 4.
Aoraki athletes will also have the chance to compete against their South Island and New Zealand-wide peers in a variety of events this term, including several on home soil.
Timaru will host the South Island secondary schools tennis tournament on March 1-3, while rowers from around the South Island will gather at Lake Ruataniwha, near Twizel, for the South Island secondary schools rowing championships on March 8-10.
The region will also host two events during the annual national secondary schools summer sports tournament week, which includes South Island and New Zealand events.
The nationwide sporting competitions week will run from March 25-29.
Timaru’s Alpine Energy Stadium will host the South Island secondary schools rugby 7s tournament on March 25-26, while the South Island secondary schools motocross championships will also be held in the town on March 29.