Education: Westlake Boys High School
Salt Named Westlake Sportsman of the Year
Westlake Boys High School recently celebrated the outstanding achievements of its sports teams and the individual sporting highlights of many talented young men at the school’s annual Sportsmen’s Dinner. The event also presents an opportunity to thank the many volunteers who dedicate huge personal effort into coaching, managing and supporting Westlake’s sports programme.
The highlight of the night was an address by guest speakers, Kiwi sailing legend and Westlaker Dean Barker and his Emirates Team New Zealand right-hand man and long-time friend Ray Davies. The pair gave the captive audience a fascinating insight into the recent America’s Cup campaign and thanked their many fans for the dedicated support that Team New Zealand received throughout the campaign and beyond. The passionate haka that Westlake students performed afterwards for Dean and Ray sent shivers down the spines of everyone in the room.
Westlake’s Sports Captain Jack Salt shared his memories of his time at school and thanked all parents and Westlake staff for their on-going support to students to help them achieve their dreams and goals. With all prizes and Westlake sports colours awarded, the most prestigious trophy of the night was announced. Nominees Sion Wiggin (squash), Cameron Webster (rowing), Marty Davenport (rowing), Jack Salt (basketball), Mitchell Goff (water polo), Josh Howe (basketball) and Victor Pollett (table tennis) shared the stage one more time before Jack Salt was crowned 2013 Westlake Boys’ Sportsman of the Year. Team of the Year went to Westlake’s National Secondary Schools Champion Table Tennis team of Victor Pollett, Victor Ma, Roger Wang and Wilfred Lan.
2013 Westlake Boys’ Sports Awards Winners
Sportsman of the Year: Jack Salt (Basketball)
Team of the Year: Table Tennis (Victor Pollett, Victor Ma, Roger Wang and Wilfred Lan)
Jubilee Trophy: NZ representatives at World Junior Championships: Sion Wiggin (Squash), Victor Ma (Table Tennis), Cameron Webster (Rowing), Marty Davenport (Rowing), Mitchell Goff (Water Polo), Josh Howe (Basketball)
Alf Butt Trophy: “tenacity and determination”: Sean and Callum Law (Rugby and Touch)
Pascoe Cup: “positive attitude”: Josh Howe (Basketball)
Simon Bryan Shield: “outstanding achievement”: Marty Davenport (Rowing)
Staff Commitment Recognition: Mr James McIntyre (Rugby & Touch), Mr Steve McCracken (Hockey), Mr Charles Meredith (Hockey & Cricket) and Ms Keryn Wright (Water Polo)
Westlake 50th Jubilee Trophy – NZ Representatives at U19 Junior World Championships: Mitchell Goff – Water Polo; Cameron Webster – Rowing; Marty Davenport – Rowing; Josh Howe – Basketball; Sion Wiggin – Squash; Victor Ma – Table Tennis
Sir Ray Avery Entertains Westlake Graduates
Westlake Boys Annual Graduation Dinner was held in late November providing 2013 Year 13 school leavers with the opportunity to celebrate the culmination of their school years with their schoolmates, families and teachers. 500 guests were treated to an inspiring address by scientist, inventor and medical philanthropist Sir Ray Avery who told the story of his challenging journey from poverty-striken orphan to award-winning social entrepreneur responsible for changing the lives of tens of thousands of medically disadvantaged people living in third world countries. Sir Ray was named New Zealander of the Year in 2010 and awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership medal in the same year. He has published two books – his autobiography ‘Rebel With a Cause’ and the stunning photographic coffee table book ‘The Power of Us’ featuring portraits of ‘New Zealanders who dare to dream’.
Prior to the official graduation ceremony, Headmaster David Ferguson addressed the leavers leaving them with the message to follow their passion and live by their school motto of Virtute Experiamur – ‘Let Courage Be Thy Test’. Westlakers (Old Boys Association) President Rick Stevens toasted the 2013 Leavers before presenting a lifetime membership award to longstanding staff member, former Deputy Headmaster Don Johnson. The 2013 Westlakers Red Blooded Award for Westlake passion and spirit was presented to John Lee who displayed an incredible attitude towards facing challenges throughout his Westlake years. John’s fellow students showed their utmost respect for him by performing the school haka in his honour. 2013 Head Boy Jesse Medcalf gave a Valedictory Speech noting the memorable highlights of his Westlake years before Voicemale choir member and MC George Aitken lead the school song. Slowly it dawned on the leavers present that this occasion did indeed mark the end of their school years.