Cannington School boasts some top young sportswomen.
Tennis player Isla Crawford (10) was part of the South Canterbury under-10 team that came second in the Southern junior teams event in Dunedin on February 18, while schoolmate Jamie George (11) claimed a “massive” personal best at an Otago swimming meet that weekend, taking 16.35sec off her time for the 400m individual medley.
And Molly Smith (9) is riding up a storm around the South Island in the show hunter circuit before she heads north to make her debut at the Horse of the Year Show in Hastings this month.
Isla said she had another South Canterbury tennis match in Ashburton in the coming months, as well as a Queen’s Birthday match.
She was the sole Carrington pupil in the South Canterbury under-10 team, competing alongside pupils from Bluestone, Geraldine Primary, Fairlie Primary, Beaconsfield and Waihi schools.
Isla had been playing tennis since age 4 and enjoyed going to all the lessons and practices.
Jamie said she had been swimming since age 3 and competing with Swim Timaru since age 8.
She enjoyed her one-hour training sessions three times a week, as well as travelling to different locations to compete.
“The training is fun.”
Meanwhile, Molly was preparing for her debut at the biggest equestrian event in New Zealand – which she had attended once before as a spectator.
She would be travelling from Cannington to Hastings with her family and pony Tinks (Bexley Lodge Tinkabella) on March 8, to start competing on March 13.
Show hunter competitions focus on horses clearing rails as well as the horse’s jumping style, both trained and natural.
Molly came first in the category A show hunter class at the National Show Jumping and Show Hunter Championships in Christchurch earlier this month and was to compete in the Southland series at Gore at the weekend.