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Ross Preece - Principal of Ashburton College
Ross Preece - Principal of Ashburton College

Consideration of our Alumni - As a newcomer to our school and town I was delighted to discover a fledgling Alumni organisation . Like many new organisations  this has been founded by a groundswel [ ... ]

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Liam Kennedy-Clark - Former Student
Liam Kennedy-Clark - Former Student

My years at Ashburton College were ones to remember. I was surrounded by plenty of like-minded people, and many of whom, I am still in contact with today. Along with a lot of the students, I got on we [ ... ]

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Kate Lloyd - Former Student
Kate Lloyd - Former Student

Being a very recent pupil at Ashburton College (2011-2015) I have great memories of my years there, especially my Senior years. This journey began for me playing netball for Ashburton College and the  [ ... ]

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The history of Ashburton College is comparatively short when viewed next to the histories of other Canterbury secondary schools.  However, in the half century since Ashburton College’s inception in 1965, thousands of students, teachers, parents and other supporters have shaped Ashburton College into the highly successful co-educational school it is today.

Although it may seem that Ashburton College is the school that was and, always has been Ashburton’s sole secondary school. Those that attended Ashburton College in the early days know that Ashburton College was hard fought for and rose out of the ashes of Ashburton’s two former schools; Ashburton High School and Hakatere College (formerly Ashburton Technical School).

Thus the Latin maxim underneath the College insignia, the Phoenix, chosen by Brian Dr. Ronald Baker –

‘Resurgamus’: “Let us go forward”, or “Rise”.

  • Out top whistleblower - Sheena Tyrrell

    120517 JP 020 Sheena Tyrrell NetballSheena TyrrellIf you sit down next weekend, flick on the television to watch the Fast5 Netball World Series and think, “That is some top-drawer umpiring,” well you have one of Mid Canterbury’s own to thank for that.

    Sheena Tyrrell will be a member of the Umpire Appointment Panel at the tournament, a role that will not only see her work with the umpires, but the teams as well.

    “The tournament starts on the Saturday but we go in on the Wednesday, and there is quite a bit that happens, a lot of meetings and practice games,” she said.

    “There are the practice games for everybody to get their eyes in to what they are looking for, and then there is the rehearsal for the opening ceremony.”

    While currently working on the International Test Panel as well as helping to assess and coach umpires on the New Zealand Umpire Development Group, Tyrrell expects the Fast Fives to throw up their own different challenges.

    “It is very different to the other types of umpiring, as it is a different game, the approach for umpires and our own techniques have to be different,” she said.

    “Normally the defence would look to push the shoots further out more, but in Fast Fives the further you shoot from, the more points you get, so that affects how the umpire advantages as you don’t want to give someone the chance at two points, when it should only be one.”

    While it is a major international event, Tyrrell said she is looking forward to the experience.

    “It should all be great fun and very challenging.

    “It is a festive occasion and should be interesting as something different to what we normally do,” she said.

    The Ashburton College employee has plenty of experience around the netball courts, taking up umpiring when she was still playing late in the 1960s, and gave away playing after making her first national tournament as an umpire.

    “I have been to 19 national tournaments and was top 10 on five of those, and I also spent five years umpiring in the national league,” she said.

    “After I stopped that I moved in to solely the NZUDG work with the theoretical and physical assessment of umpires at local, regional and national level, as well as being heavily involved with the admin side of things.”

    Tyrrell said she was very pleased with how the game has progressed, with umpires working as “a team” with the teams, as opposed to being there to pick on the teams.

    “I have also had a bit of luck this year with going overseas with the ITP as well as doing work for the Constellation Cup, which is all great fun,” she said.

    By Jaime Pitt-MacKay © The Ashburton Guardian - 20 October 2017