Ten New Additions to the College Sport Wellington Hall of Fame
This year was the 30th College Sport Wellington Awards dinner. To mark this occasion, and in recognition of the many outstanding former Wellington students who have progressed to be leading athletes on the world stage, College Sport has inducted its second cohort to the College Sport Wellington Hall of Fame.
This year, 10 former Wellington secondary school students have been inducted, joining our 12 current Hall of Famers; Jonathon Wyatt, Nick Willis, Kate McIlroy, Kiri Shaw, Jodi TeHuna, Jerry Collins, Christian Cullen, Tana Umaga, Anna O’Leary, Olivia Baker, James Franklin and Tania Brunton.
COLLEGE SPORT WELLINGTON HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES 2019
MARY FISHER, HERETAUNGA COLLEGE – PARA SWIMMING
Attending Heretaunga College between 2006 and 2010, Mary won the College Sport Wellington Disabled Sportsperson award every year in her code of swimming. From there she went on to represent New Zealand and medal at Para Pan Pacs and World Para Championships. She raced at two Summer Paralympic Games – London 2012 and Rio de Janiero 2016, winning a combined total of two gold medals, two silver medals and a bronze. Mary swam in the S11 classification for totally blind athletes and her golds – 200m Individual Medley in London and 100m backstroke in Rio set World Records. Mary is a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and was named 2014’s Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the Halberg Awards.
PHIL BURROWS, NEWLANDS COLLEGE – HOCKEY
Phil Burrows name has become synonymous with New Zealand Hockey. The former Newlands College student has played a record 343 times for New Zealand over an international career that spans 15 years. During that time he scored a record 150 goals for his country, attended three Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2008) and three Commonwealth Games (2002, 2006 and 2010). The Blacksticks claimed silver at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth games and bronze at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth games. His efforts at Manchester were rewarded with being named the 2003 New Zealand Hockey Player of the Year. Phil was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2016.
KYLE PONTIFEX, NEWLANDS COLLEGE – HOCKEY
There must have been something in the water at Newlands College during the 90’s, with Kyle joining his friend and fellow Newlands College student Phil Burrows in this illustrious group. In an international career spanning 15 years starting in 2001, Kyle pulled on the national uniform 176 times as Goalkeeper for the Blacksticks. Within that period, he attended three Olympic games (2004, 2008 and 2012), two Commonwealth games and numerous World Cups and Champions Trophies. His keeping prowess came to the fore in the Bronze medal match at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth games. With scores locked up 3-3 after extra time against England, it was Kyle’s work during penalty strokes that saw the Blackcaps clinch Bronze.
TASH HIND, WELLINGTON EAST GIRLS’ COLLEGE – SWIMMING
A former Wellington East Girls College Student, Tash won the College Sport Wellington award for swimming in 2007. The next year she represented New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the NZ Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team. Building upon this early experience, Tash then joined Lauren Boyle, Amaka Gessler and Penelope Marshall at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, claiming the silver medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay and the bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Tash went on to represent New Zealand again at the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the same events.
LEO BERTOS, WELLINGTON COLLEGE – FOOTBALL
A name that is dear to all Wellington Phoenix and All White supporters, Leo began his career at Wellington College and the Wellington Olympic football club. Having won the College Sport Wellington Football award in 1999, Leo made his way into the English youth system with Barnsley, before plying his trade with a number of English clubs. Returning to Australasia in 2006, Leo made an immediate impact with Perth Glory in the A-League before a move back to his hometown and the Wellington Phoenix. His tenure at the Phoenix marks the most successful years for the club, which coincided with his success at the international level. The highlight of his 56 cap international career was undoubtedly delivering the cross that would put the All Whites into the 2010 World Cup. Leo would go on to play all three games at the World Cup, earning draws against Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay.
NINIWA ROBERTS, WAINUIOMATA COLLEGE – HOCKEY
A product of Wainuiomata College, Nin notched an impressive 141 appearances and 47 goals for the Black Sticks, over an international career that spanned 8 years. During that time, Nin appeared at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics, alongside a number of Champions Trophy and World Cup events. At a domestic level, Nin was voted the most valuable women’s player in the 2007 New Zealand Hockey League. Post career, Nin continues to give back to the sport she loves, and is an active President of the Hutt Hockey Club.
TIM BROWN, WELLINGTON COLLEGE – FOOTBALL
Rising up through the football ranks at the same time as his fellow Wellington College student, Leo Bertos, Tim’s professional career took an alternative route after leaving school. His footballing ability earned a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati and thereafter a spot in the USL Second Division. Tim’s big break came through some standout performances for the All White, particularly against English Premier League side Charlton Athletic. This saw him quickly picked up by the Newcastle Jets in the A-League and then as a foundation member of the Wellington Phoenix in 2007. Early on Tim was earmarked for leadership responsibilities and on many occasions he has captained the All Whites. His work rate in the midfield was crucial to the All Whites beating Bahrain in the 2009 World Cup Qualifier, but a serious injury sustained shortly before the World Cup curtailed his opportunities there. Tim has since gone on to commercial success as co-founder of the Allbirds shoe company.
SAMANTHA LEE, WELLINGTON EAST GIRLS’ COLLEGE – SWIMMING
In a career that spanned both swimming and lifesaving, Samantha is a proud Wellington East girl who claimed the College Sport Wellington Supreme Award in 2008 and 2009. Joining her friend Tash Hind at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Samantha was a member of both the 4x100m and 4x200m Women’s freestyle relay teams, claiming 4th in both events. Samantha backed that up with appearances in both the 100m and 200m butterfly at the same games. Samantha was the first woman to break the one minute barrier for the 100m butterfly in a short course. Two years later, it was Sam’s Lifesaving achievements that really put her on the sporting map. At the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships in the Netherlands, Samantha claimed five golds in the pool, the greatest single best performance by any New Zealander at a world championship event. Sam finished her career with eight world titles at the national level, surpassing lifesaving legends such as Cory Hutchings and Anna Ballara. She also holds the current world record in surf life saving for the 100m rescue medley event, something she broke in 2013 and held onto for the last six years.
BETH SMITH nee JUGERLEIT, WELLINGTON GIRLS’COLLEGE – HOCKEY
Going one better than the men at the 2010 Delhi Games, Beth and the Women’s Blacksticks team came agonisingly close to claiming gold, only to fall to Australia through Penalty strokes in a tense and exciting finish. A product of Wellington Girls College, Beth’s goal keeping was instrumental in the hot run of form for the Blacksticks throughout the 2010 games, conceding just five goals in the entire tournament. Beth’s 105 international caps also spanned two Olympics – 2004 in Athens and 2008 in Beijing. Retiring in 2010, Beth is now a successful lawyer in Auckland, with Gaze Burt.
CORY JANE, HERETAUNGA COLLEGE – RUGBY
Cory will forever be All Black #1080 and a proud Rugby World Cup winner. After leaving Heretaunga College, Cory worked his way through the rugby system in both the 15 and 7 man games. He enjoyed early success with the New Zealand Sevens side, earning gold at the 2006 Commonwealth games before focussing his talents on the Wellington and Hurricanes teams. His clinical finishing and positional play saw him called up for the All Blacks in 2008, eventually earning 55 caps and scoring 18 tries in the process. As a member of the 2011 Rugby World Champions, Cory helped heal 24 years of anguish for New Zealanders. Of Ngati Kahungunu descent, Cory proudly played for the NZ Maori in 2006, earning three caps. Following his retirement in 2017, Cory has stayed heavily involved in Wellington rugby, and is currently assistant coach for the Wellington Mitre 10 Cup side.