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Inaugural College Colours winners unveiled

Thursday 29 September 2016 2:48pm

Colours Studholme
Studholme College took home the Men's Basketball trophy and third place in the overall sport competition at the inaugural College Colours Awards last Friday. Awards ceremony photos: Sharron Bennett.

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Over 160 students and staff as well as VIP guests, assembled in the Union Main Common room for Friday’s awards ceremony.

The University of Otago presented the College Colours Awards last Friday at a ceremony recognising the top colleges and supporters who excelled in the inaugural Inter-College Sporting and Cultural Competition.

The competition began at the start of the year with students from each of Otago’s 15 residential colleges, UniFlats, and the Locals programme competing to earn their colleges either participation points or points for placing in each event category.

Over 160 students and staff as well as VIP guests, assembled in the Union Main Common room for Friday’s awards ceremony where, after months of fierce competition and friendly rivalry in the eight competitive cultural events, six participation-only cultural events, and 13 sporting events, Arana College and City College were announced as the inaugural Inter-College Sporting Champions and Inter-College Cultural Champions respectively.

For an event designed to bring the colleges together in the spirit of collegiality, the Inter-College competition was an overwhelming success with some events having to be moved to bigger venues in order to accommodate the larger-than-expected crowds.

Though he’s not fond of reliving his college’s tragic defeat in the rowing competition (they were pipped at the post by Selwyn College), Ziggy Lesa, Head of Studholme College and one of the competition organisers, says there was a particular competition highlight for him: “The uptake – bar none.”

“Though still ‘fun’ in nature, the added value of buy in by colleges into the collegiality philosophy has added more meaning, and purposeful competition that can cater for those wanting to be social and those wanting a more competitive edge.”

Head of Te Rangi Hiroa College, Ashley Day says: “Before this, colleges played sports with others that they had played with over the years but there was never any real overall collegiality between the colleges.

“It has been tremendous in really bringing the colleges together.”

Friday’s ceremony also included awards for each competition event.

Carrington College Warden Peter Walker kicked off the celebrations with the presentation of the cultural colours to the winners of each of the competitive cultural events: quiz night, gaming, photography competition, chess tournament, poster competition, debating, the 48-hour film competition, and the pool competition.

Mr Walker also acknowledged the success of the participation-only cultural events including the Instrumental Jam, international performance night, charity concert supporting the OUSA student support food bank, Māori and Pacific performance evening, and poetry slam night. He also recognised one final participation event, the Big Sing, which was to be held that weekend.

Mr Ziggy Lesa presented the sports colours to each of the winners in the sporting events: cricket, rowing, men’s rugby, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, mixed netball, women’s netball, volleyball, women’s rugby, men’s futsal, women’s futsal, men’s basketball, and mixed basketball.

The final awards of the evening were presented by Director of Accommodation Services James Lindsay, who had the honour of awarding the competition’s top prizes as well as the inaugural Collegiate Award.

In presenting the Collegiate Award, Mr Lindsay said the prestigious award was intended to recognise those that have “demonstrated an understanding of the ‘collegiate way’ at Otago University and have been an effective supporter or partner that has contributed to the collegiate nature of our institution”.

Unipol – represented by Recreation Services Manager Dan Porter, Sports and Facilities Officer Sam Sinclair, and Inter-College Sports Co-ordinator Sophie Ehlers – took home the inaugural Collegiate Award for their efforts in organising the sports competitions.

The full standings are listed below.

Colours sports winner
Inter-College Sporting Champions – Arana College

Colours culture winner
Inter-College Cultural Champions – City College

Collegiate Award & overall winners:

Inter-College Sporting Champions – Arana College
First runner-up – Hayward College
Second runner-up – Studholme College

Inter-College Cultural Champions – City College
First runner-up – Toroa College
Second runner-up – Aquinas College

Collegiate Award – Unipol

Sport Competition winners:

Cricket – Selwyn College
Rowing – Selwyn College
Men’s Rugby – Arana College
Men’s Soccer – Carrington College
Women’s Soccer – Arana College
Mixed Netball – Salmond College
Women’s Netball – UniCol
Volleyball – Cumberland College
Women’s Rugby – Arana College
Men’s Futsal – Carrington College
Women’s Futsal – Arana College
Men’s Basketball – Studholme College
Mixed Basketball – Toroa College

Cultural Competition winners:

Quiz – Te Rangi Hiroa College
Gaming – Toroa College
Photography competition – Aquinas College
Chess – Abbey College
Poster competition – Knox College
Debating – Arana College
48-hour Film competition – Hayward College
Pool competition - UniCol

Highlights from the sporting and cultural competitions:

Colours rowing

Colours maori performance

Colours rugby