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Westlake Boys: Dan Hoy - Youth Olympics Double Medallist

Westlake Boys High School Fifth Form student Dan Hoy secured the first New Zealand medal at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games finishing second in a heart-stopping photo finish in the triathlon. In a “textbook” race, Dan left his soul out on the course performing consistently throughout the race.

The 16 year old athlete came out from the 750m swim in 5th place and conserved his energy settling into riding with the bunch in the cycling leg. This tactical move in the cycling paid off in the 5km run where the young athlete backed himself for a sprint finish. 

Eventual winner, British teen Ben Dijkstra, kept pace with Dan and the pair surged away from the rest of the field coming into the final 250 metres for a sprint finish and both crossing the line in 54min 43seconds. It took a photo finish to award gold to the young man from Great Britain and silver

to Dan Hoy.

More success followed two days later when Dan teamed up with his Team Oceania mates to take on the world in the Mixed Team Relay Triathlon. The team of Brittany Dutton (AUS), Jack van Stekelenburg (AUS) and Elizabeth Stannard and Dan Hoy (both New Zealand) took out the bronze medal. 

Westlake Musicians Excel On Home Turf

Westlake Boys High School and Westlake Girls High School hosted the annual KBB Music Festival, a week long musical festival showcasing the best in Auckland secondary school orchestras, concert bands and stage bands. 

With the original festival venue, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, undergoing extensive renovations, the Westlake schools accommodated a large number of Symphony Orchestras, Concert Bands, Chamber Orchestras and Jazz Bands throughout the week. Westlake’s talented musicians won Gold in every category and the groups managed to win five from the eight top awards on offer.

Concert Band: Gold Award and Most Outstanding Performance Award

Big Band: Gold Award and Best New Zealand Work by a Jazz Band:  - Coolin’ Off by Doug Caldwell

Symphony Orchestra: Gold Award and Best New Zealand Work: - Aotearoa Overture by Douglas Lilburn

Chamber Orchestra: Gold Award, Most Outstanding Performance Award and Best New Zealand Work by a Chamber Orchestra  - Tiaho Mai by Alex Taylor 

Nigel Latta Public Event – 10 Sept

Nigel Latta’s Politically Incorrect Guide to Success, Wednesday 10th September, 7.30pm at Westlake Boys High School. Tickets $25 - book online at All proceeds to Kenzie’s Gift Charity.

This is the first time Nigel will be presenting this topic to the public and, as the Ambassador for Kenzie's Gift Charity, all of the proceeds will support the emotional well-being and mental health of young people affected by serious illness or bereavement. With his typical politically incorrect perspective, Nigel will be talking about success, what it means, and how to get there. This is the kind of talk that would be suitable for parents, people in business, and anyone generally interested in interesting ideas. It would also be suitable, and even fun, for older kids and teenagers. 

by Channel Magazine