Raro girls shine in Auckland school awards

Saturday October 17, 2015 Written by Published in Netball

The three Cook Islands girls on sports scholarship with the Auckland-based One Tree Hill College have been recognised for their grand effort at the school’s sports awards this week.


Anania Piri, Tiahuia Pittman and Rianna Pepe have enjoyed a successful year with the school in both academic and sports field.

Piri scooped the most valuable player (MVP) award at the Upper North Island Secondary Schools Netball (UNISS) competition as well as the MVP of the UNISS tournament.

She was also awarded the best overall shooter and the schools prestigious Blues Award for Upper North Island Tournament team and best overall shooter.

Pepe won the MVP in football along with the team award for Fair Play while Pittman was recently awarded the Physics and Art Award at the Pasifika prizegiving.

One Tree Hill College’s player development officer and mentor, Grant Hobbs said all three girls were thrilled with their awards, which they thoroughly deserved.

“A great night was held to celebrate the efforts of our three young women from Rarotonga at the One Tree Hill College Sports Awards on Thursday, October 15,” Hobbs told CI News.

“It has been a great year for the three girls, Anania Piri, Tiahuia Pittman and Rianna Pepe. All three girls have made their families so proud.”

Hobbs, who was in the country recently to recruit more youngsters on similar sports scholarship, said the names of those who succeeded would be confirmed soon.


“There are a number of students (from Rarotonga) likely to come to One Tree Hill College in 2016, and these will be confirmed as soon as parents have been contacted with the news.”

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