Elite Sports Mentoring

Our Elite Sports Mentoring Programme offers students mentoring for their sporting pursuits as well as mentoring for academic purposes. It was introduced in 2017 to enable students to perform equally well in both academic and sporting arenas.

On the sporting side, King’s College seeks to complement the existing sporting programmes supporting students with conditioning, nutritional and specific sport-related advice. This is provided by the sporting staff at the College who have a wide range of sporting experience and capability.

In terms of students’ academic progress, we also offer an academic mentor to the student who can assist with this. An academic staff member will be appointed to each student and will offer one-to-one advice and support to assist students with the demands of their academic programmes, enabling them to maintain optimum levels of preparation and performance.

With support on the sporting side and support on the academic side, students will be assisted to perform in both arenas. There will be occasions where the school programme can be altered to accommodate the sporting commitments a student may need to deliver on. In this way, we anticipate that students will be able to manage the expectations both for their sporting pursuit as well as their academic aspirations.

This is a very different offering to a sports academy in that the offer is a personalised, tailored programme to assist the individual needs of each student enlisted in the mentoring programme.

For more information about our Elite Sports Mentoring programme please contact Head of Sport, Jim Potts at j.potts@kingscollege.school.nz.


Case study: Elite sportsman, William Cashmore

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Elite sportsman William Cashmore.

William Cashmore (Selwyn, Year 12) is a talented skier and a King’s high performance athlete involved in our Elite Sports Mentoring programme.

Will has received numerous accolades over his time at King’s College, competing around the world in various events. Most recently, Will represented New Zealand internationally in Andorra, Trofeu Borrufa, where he gained a 3rd place on the international stage.

Will’s parents, Jen and Grant, are incredibly proud of his achievements on the national and international stage and are keen on ensuring sure his academic results are not comprimised by his involvement in Elite Sport.

 “We set a non-negotiable rule where acceptable academic results are the number one priority,” says Jen. “The support by the College for Will is outstanding and truly revolutionary and both Grant and I are very grateful to our Headmaster Simon Lamb for bringing this awesome initiative to the College.”

With Will now in Year 12 the academic workload is so much greater and with the intense support from the College on a daily basis, Will can travel, train and compete while keeping up to date with his course workload.”

Will admits that the most difficult thing about being a high performance athlete, while being a student at the same time is balancing training and school work.

“When I am away, King’s has provided me with a structure for my school work and have catered to my needs brilliantly when I have to take time away,” says Will.

“This has allowed me to build routines and keep up to date with schoolwork whilst I am training/racing.”

Read more about Will Cashmore here.