Hillary Scholars achieve more sporting success

23 July 2010

Oliver Leydon-Davis

New Zealand selection: Oliver Leydon-Davis will head to New Delhi for the Commonwealth Games.

Two University of Waikato students achieved sporting success earlier this week, by gaining national and international honours. Oliver Leydon-Davis and Angela Simpson are both Sir Edmund Hillary scholars and have been recognised for achievements in badminton and orienteering.

Waikato badminton representative Oliver Leydon-Davis has been selected to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi later this year. The Bachelor of Management student is part of an eight-player team which will travel to India in October.

The 20-year-old told the Waikato Times he was “nervous” ahead of the Games, but looked forward to New Delhi. "I'll find out when I get there. I'm a little bit apprehensive I suppose but I'm quietly confident that we can do alright over there. Obviously if we prepare well then things should be fine.”

Leydon-Davis began playing competitively when he was 14, and was first selected to play for New Zealand in the 2009 Whyte Trophy series win against Australia. Next month he will compete at the New Zealand championships, before heading to Asia and Tahiti to prepare with the Games team.  

He joins fellow Hillary Scholar and Waikato University student Myles-Browne Cole who will compete at the Games for the New Zealand shooting team.

Angela Simpson

New Zealand benchmark: Angela Simpson placed sixth at the World University Orienteering Championships.

Meanwhile in Europe, Angela Simpson placed sixth at the World University Orienteering Championships sprint in Borlänge, Sweden, setting a new benchmark for New Zealand.

The Environmental Science student finished 36 seconds behind French winner Amelie Chataing and registered the best performance by a New Zealand woman at the event. A total of 309 participants from 31countries competed.

Simpson’s sixth placing equals coach Alistair Landel’s 6th place at the 1992 World University Orienteering Championships in Scotland. Simpson also placed 17th at the Junior World Championships earlier this month.

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