CSW Sportsperson of the Year – Throwback to 1989/1990

The 29th annual College Sport Wellington Sports awards will be staged at the Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua on Sunday night. The ceremony has grown hugely from its humble beginnings in the hall of Newlands College in 1990 which combined the best achievements of 1989 and 1990.

The first supreme award winner was mountain runner Jonathan Wyatt from Hutt Valley High School.  Wyatt would kick onto win six world mountain running championships. Many of the leading achievers in those inaugural years have become household names in New Zealand sport.

Aitken Stowers (Silverstream) before the 1989 McEvedy Shield.

The Best of 1989/1990

Aitken Stowers (St Pats Silverstream) wins the National Secondary Schools’ javelin title in 1989.

Dominic Wehner (Scots College) wins the 200m breaststroke at the North Island Secondary Schools’ Swimming championships in 1989. He established two Wellington records at the meet.

Rongotai College wins the 1989 McEvedy Shield by a record score which still stands today. Rongotai have been last 20 times in the last 21 years further reinforcing  the brilliance of the 1989 Rongotai team.

Rongotai College wins the 1989 National First XI Football title. Rongotai was the first and remains the only Wellington school to achieve this feat. St Pats Silverstream lost the final to Sacred Heart College in 2011.

Paraparaumu College wins the National Secondary Schools orienteering championship.

Rochelle Crocker (Wellington Girls’ College) is a member of the NZ gymnastics team that wins the Oceanic Cup against Australia.

St Bernard’s College and Scots College share the Premier One Rugby title. Earl Va’a, a future Samoan international was the captain of St Bernard’s and coached Scots College to the National Top Four First XV championship in 2014.  Bill Cavubati, a future Fijian international was a member of the 1989 Scots team. His son Caleb plays for Scots College and was selected for the New Zealand Barbarians Schools this year.

Filo Tiatia (Wellington College) playing for the Wellington Lions.

Wellington College First XV won the annual quadrangular rugby tournament in 1989. Future All Blacks, Marc Ellis and Filo Tiatia alongside English international Perry Freshwater represented Wellington.  Tiatia later coached Scots College to the National Top Four final in 2015 and recently coached Auckland to National Provincial Championship Premiership glory.

Tania Brunton (Aotea College) represents the NZ under-20 women’s basketball team. She would win College Sport basketballer of the year in 1990 and 1991 and represent the Tall Ferns at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

Mark Burton (Wellington College) earns a scholarship to represent German football club Werder Bremen. Burton would later play for the All Whites.

Hutt Valley High School wins the National Secondary Schools boys’ table tennis title in 1989 and 1990.

St Pats Town First XV wins 22 out of 25 games in 1990, including Wellington Under-19 title and all traditional games. In 1989 coach Father Mark Walls becomes the first coach to win the annual traditional rugby fixtures in the same season at both St Patrick’s College Silverstream (1988) and St Patrick’s College, Wellington (1989).