Congratulations to the Ryan Horrell and Fraser Ditchfield who received a Youth Mark Award. Well done boys! We look forward to seeing what your future brings. Ryan Horrell Ryan Horrell’s attitude embodies his club’s motto perfectly: If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you; if you are determined to learn, no one can stop you. Ryan’s humble nature belies the power behind his unique talent. He is a highly accomplished karateka, having begun karate as an eight-year-old and by the age of thirteen, had risen to become one of New Zealand’s youngest black belts in Goju Ryu Karate. In 2016, Ryan was selected to attend the prodigious World Budosai in Japan where he trained alongside the world’s top instructors. Ryan currently trains every second day and makes time to share his skills with the juniors at the West Otago Karate Club. Ryan’s dedication and dexterity have led to him winning both the kata (formal exercises) and kumite (fighting) events at recent South Island karate tournaments. However, his finest achievement to date is placing second in the intermediate kata and kumite at the 2018 New Zealand Open Karate Championships. Ryan also enjoys rugby, having played age-group rugby for Eastern Southland and Southland Country. Ryan is an essential member of the St Peter’s College 1st XV that won the 2017 Southland Under-18 competition, in addition to finishing second in the South Island Co-Ed Cup. Ryan’s love of learning will see him take on the Bachelor of Product Design at Otago Polytechnic. Here, Ryan is determined to begin his dream of running a design firm that creates quality outdoor gear.
Fraser Ditchfield Sweat, determination and plenty of hard work. That sums up Fraser Ditchfield who, in all his endeavours, demonstrates that rare blend of natural talent and unwavering commitment. Fraser’s goal is to be the best rugby player he can, while positively influencing as many people as possible on his journey to the top. Fraser has long played representative rugby for Eastern, Southland Country and Southland. In 2016, Fraser was a member of the Southland U16 that placed second at the South Island Tournament. Last year, Fraser was the co-captain of the triumphant St Peter’s College 1st XV that won the 2017 Southland U18 Competition. He was also selected for the Southland U18 side and having played in every game, his outstanding efforts were rewarded with the coveted ‘Player of the Year’ title. Fraser devotes much of his time and energy to rugby training, including extra sessions with the Eastern Southland Stags Academy. Unsurprisingly, Fraser applies the same drive and discipline to his academic pursuits. In NCEA, Fraser has accumulated over 100 Excellence credits in both Level 1 and Level 2. He demonstrates strengths across the Sciences and, understandably, Physical Education. Fraser’s outstanding commitment, leadership and character made him the obvious choice for the position of St Peter’s College Head Boy. Next year, Fraser’s characteristic determination will shift to studying Sport and Recreation, majoring in Sport and Exercise Science, at the Auckland University of Technology.