Former Gold Medal Olympian Cuts the Ribbon at Gym 2 Opening Celebrations

A long history sporting traditions at St Andrew’s was celebrated at the opening of the College’s outstanding new gymnasium on Thursday 24 March 2016. Former Rector and gold medal winning Black Stick Olympian, Barry Maister, gave a moving address to the large crowd of parents, Old Collegians, staff and students.

Barry shared stories from his time serving on the International Olympics Committee and encouraged students to make the most of the opportunities on offer at St Andrew’s. He said being back at the College, “tears at your heart strings”.

Gym 2 has been built to support an expanding roll, which has reached 1450 students. It also supports the College’s most promising young athletes from the Elite Sports Studies and High Performance programmes. St Andrew’s extensive co-curricular programme offers more than 30 different sports and students will enjoy the new facility from early morning until night.

Architects Wilkie and Bruce designed the spacious new gymnasium, which accommodates a generous competition standard, sprung beech main floor. Other features include team bench alcoves, staff offices and meeting room, student and staff changing rooms, and four classrooms. The upstairs rooms are accessed from a gallery running the full length of the main court space, which doubles as spectator viewing.

Centenary Sports Wall

The magnificent Centenary Sports Wall has been erected in the spectator gallery of Gym 2. This impressive visual display honours the 88 students and staff from St Andrew’s who have achieved national and international recognition at the highest level in sport over the last 100 years.

Of the talented sportspeople to appear on the Centenary Sports Wall, 66 are Old Collegians, four are current students and 19 are ex or current staff. St Andrew’s is very proud of its 15 Olympians, including three gold medal winners: Athol Earl for rowing, Peter Mander for yachting, and Barry Maister for hockey. Five people on the Centenary Sports Wall have received honours from the Queen for Services to Sport.

The Centenary Sports Wall is the brainchild of Preparatory School Art teacher, Pip Dinsenbacher, and is the result of hours of research into the College’s sporting greats. Our thanks go to Pip, our graphic designer Craig Morgan, Museum Curator Alexandra Callaghan and Adgraphix for the printing and installation of the display.