By Mick Jensen
Sporting achievement has been recognised at a Summer Blues ceremony at Ashburton College.
The whole school sat down on the college chessboard to acknowledge excellence across a variety of sports.
College head of sport Ron Carlson said it had been a busy and successful first half year, with students competing at school, inter-school, regional and national level.
There had been some outstanding performances and the Blues ceremony was held to recognise them.
He said Blues were awarded for a high level of sporting achievement and usually to senior students, although juniors could achieve the award if they performed well at senior level.
Performance awards were just below the level of a Blue and Colours were the highest award given to students who performed at national level.
Twelve Colours were presented at the ceremony, including two to Matthew Clough, one for mountain running and another for multisport.
Clough won the individual short course race at the New Zealand Xterra Championships and was second in the individual Mountain Run event at this year’s Kathmandu Coast to Coast event.
Others gaining Colours included top rower Veronica Wall, who is currently training with the New Zealand rowing team in Cambridge, waterski brothers George and Hugh Donaldson, basketballers Ashlee Strawbridge and Sophie Adams and other members of the talented college rowing team.
Twelve Blues awards were presented, alongside a number of Performance awards that included an award for the all-conquering Special Olympics football team. Sporting awards for winter sports are presented towards the end of the school year.