SHC Senior Boys Cross Country Team to go to World Championships

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Given by 60 generous donors in around 10 months

Help the Sacred Heart College (Auckland) Senior Cross Country Team to win the World Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships – Budapest


We are a team of Y11 Distance runners, bringing back the glory days of NZ distance running and aiming to be the crowned best School team in the world.


In July the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletic Association (“NZSSAA”) announced that it had selected the Sacred Heart College six-man cross country team to represent New Zealand at the above event in April 2016.

This is a tremendous honour for the boys involved and indeed for the entire school community. The team is comprised of James Uhlenberg, Sean Paget, Liam Miller, James Matthews, Jacob Holmes and Jonathan Ansley. Dominic Grace is a reserve. Mr Rhys Taucher will also travel as the team coach.

The core of the team has been together since Year 9 when they were bronze medallists and Year 9, six-man team national title-holders at the 2013 National Secondary Schools Cross Country in Christchurch. In 2014 the team won the bronze medal (as juniors), and then in June of this year the 6-man team won GOLD and the National Senior Boys Cross Country title in Dunedin.

This achievement is all the more special as the team consists only of Year 11s and were competing against Year 12s & 13s. It is likely that this is the first time in NZSS history that a team of Year 11 students has won the Senior Boys team title. As such, all 6 boys from the winning National Senior Boys team will now travel to take on the best school teams from around the world in Budapest, Hungary next year.

The NZSSAA advises that the cost of the trip will be $6,500 per boy plus $3,000 for the teacher in charge; totalling $42,000. This is a significant total to raise (in little over eight months).

The team is comprised of boys who are well rounded young Marist Men in-the-making. As individuals they are doing well academically and are involved with other sports besides running, including representing SHC in rowing, football, cycling and triathlon. The boys are all fully committed to the task of aiming to be crowned “World Secondary School Cross Country Champions” in 2016.

We would appreciate any support that you can give us. We will keep the page up to date with training progress and milestones we reach along the way.

Sacred Heart College's involvement (page creator)

As parents, teachers, and fellow students of these 6 boys we are very proud of their achievements to date and we wish them well on this journey to the 2016 World Secondary School Championships in Hungary next year.

About us

Sacred Heart College is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading Catholic boys’ schools with a current roll of 1,260. Students of the College have contributed to a rich tradition of success and achievement.

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Sacred Heart Cross Country team win the SILVER medal   24 April 2016

Well today was simply one out of the box.... An incredible event in a fabulous city and a 'beyond belief' result for this fantastic team of 6 boys. Our Sacred Heart Cross Country team win the SILVER medal at the World Cross Country Championships in Budapest, Hungary and give the best ever performance by a NZ team at this event. This is an outstanding achievement! These 6 boys were quite simply AWESOME and as a coach I could not be more proud of every single aspect of their planning, preparation and ultimately their performance today. Well done boys, it has been a 3 year plan, a 3 year dream, and a performance that will be remembered for a very, very long time. It has been a pleasure to be there with you on the journey!! Kia kaha RT smile emoticon

Full Results (top 8):

1st Turkey

2nd New Zealand (SHC)

3rd France

4th China

5th Australia

6th Algeria

7th England

8th Belgium

Individual placings:

5th James Uhlenburg

7th Jacob Holmes

13th Jono Ansley

17th Sean paget

20th Liam Miller

24th James Matthews

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Latest donations

AB on 24 Apr 2016
Great Result Boys - 2nd in the World - It has been great to see all the hard work you have done training to get there.
Sacred Heart College

Thank you so very much for your donation. A fantastic result for a very dedicated, talented and determined group. Something they will always remember and treasure.

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Guest Donor on 16 Apr 2016
Sacred Heart College

Thank you very much for your donation and support of the team. It is very much appreciated by us all.

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Robin on 08 Apr 2016
Go Liam!!
Sacred Heart College

Thank you very much for your generous donation. It is very much appreciated.

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Evans family
Evans family on 07 Apr 2016
All the best boys. We hope it goes your way on the day.
Sacred Heart College

Thank you very much for your donation & support of the team. It is very much appreciated.

Sacred Heart College
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 06 Apr 2016
Good Luck
Sacred Heart College

Thank you very much for your very generous donation and support of our team. It is very much appreciated by us all.

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This campaign started on 3 Aug 2015 and ended on 31 May 2016.