Who will be Waikato’s top performing secondary school athletes?

Cambridge High School student, Hinewai Knowles won top female athlete in Wintec’s 2018 Champion of the Codes competition.

Cambridge High School student, Hinewai Knowles was the winning female athlete in Wintec’s 2018 Champion of the Codes competition.

Wintec’s Sport Science and Human Performance team is once again on a mission to find the most agile, powerful and fastest Waikato athletes to claim the Champion of the Codes title for their school.

Last year, two Cambridge students beat close to 100 Waikato athletes to win Wintec’s Champion of the Codes. Hinewai Knowles from Cambridge High School won the women’s category and the men’s winner was Matthew Pollock of St Peter’s School Cambridge.

This year, 15 Waikato secondary schools have been invited to take part in Wintec’s Champion of the Codes where students get to win bragging rights for their sport and their school. The competition starts on 19 June and ends on 30 August when the overall winners will be announced.

The challenge will see Wintec’s  Sport Science and Human Performance  post-graduate students, Dani Temm and Holly Hucker visit each school to use their performance testing skills and equipment to test some of the region’s best athletes. Results are added to an online leader board throughout the competition

Wintec Director, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Greg Smith says this year will see some heightened competition among Waikato secondary schools.

“We had some amazing results last year and a great result for this competition.

“Champion of the Codes enables our post-graduate students to put their skills into practise with our up and coming sports stars, who in turn, can really benefit from the mentoring this opportunity provides them.”

Winners will be announced in September. The ultimate Champion of the Codes male and female winners will be rewarded with the opportunity to have a VO2 max assessment with a personalised report at the Waikato Human Performance Hub. There will also be a winner from each school. All winners will be invited to a personalised tour through Wintec’s Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance and get the opportunity to try the state-of-the-art equipment.

Matthew Pollock of St Peter's School Cambridge is a 2018 Champion of the Codes winnerSt Peter’s School student, Matthew Pollock won top male athlete in the 2018 Wintec Champion of the Codes.

Find out more about Wintec’s Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance and the Waikato Human Performance Hub.

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