Over the years Feilding has had a number of athletes who have been successful at national level. In 2012, for example, Steph Dickins represented New Zealand at the Oceania games and was also the national Junior Women’s Heptathlon champion.
In 2014 we had unprecedented success at the Manawatu Secondary Schools’ championships: our athletes won 19 events and we were clearly the dominant co-educational school at the meet. As a result, we had 12 students (another FAHS record) selected to represent the province at the North Island Championships.
In 2015 our star was Intermediate 3000m runner Tessa Webb. At our school Athletics Sports Tessa smashed the existing record by 30.5 seconds, setting new figures of 10.34.5. At the Manawatu inter-school meet she improved her PB to 10.11.6, again destroying the meeting record by over 30 seconds.
At the school level, we have two days devoted to athletics. We begin with the traditional inter-house “Preliminaries” competition which all students take part in. A fortnight later we have a full Athletics Sports programme. Our top performers are then chosen to compete at the local inter-school meeting.
Athletes with Disabilities (AWD)
Feilding High School has a strong contingent of students who take part as Athletes with Disabilities (AWD) events organised by Special Olympics. These events are held in Palmerston North and Levin during the year.
In Term One athletics at the Massey Community Track provide opportunity for athletes to compete in traditional and adapted events; from shotput and sprints to wheelchair races and walking races. Indoor football, basketball and bocce events occur in Terms 2 and 3 at the indoor arena in Palmerston North. This provides opportunity to experience being part of a team in a supportive environment. A swim carnival is held in Levin during Term four. This offers a range of developmental and competitive events. This grand finale to the AWD calendar is always popular with the students.
These sporting events develop independence and self-esteem. Students are supported to give it a go and take on challenges with the encouragement and support of the Special Needs teaching staff and Teacher Aides.
There is an opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities to pursue various AWD/ Special Olympics sports activities as an individual basis out of school time. Please visit the Special Olympics website for more information about this.