Sport at Columba College

Columba College recognises that sporting activities play an important part in helping students reach their full potential and in nurturing their overall well-being.

That is part of the mission of Columba College and, in association with the Sports Council, the College’s aim is to provide the best possible coaching, resources and facilities, and give students the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports and sporting activities. As well its reputation for academic excellence, Columba College is achieving sporting excellence and is recognised for its high achievements in many sports, with the added distinction of having eleven present students representing New Zealand.

There is something for everyone, from the high achiever in sport who becomes an Otago representative, or who is awarded a South Island or national distinction, to the girl who enjoys playing social sport.  Personal fitness and healthy activity for students while at Columba College is strongly encouraged, coupled with a longer-term focus of developing leisure activities and pursuits for the years beyond school. 

Annual Inter-House sporting competitions are held, and all Year 7 to 13 students participate in the Athletics and Swimming Sports. Columba College joins with John McGlashan College in annual Summer and Winter Tournaments with St. Andrew's College, along with the annual Winter Quadrangular Tournament with Craighead Diocesan School, St. Hilda's Collegiate School and St. Margaret's College.

A key objective is to provide maximum participation and achievement, and with over 90 per cent participation the College has achieved and maintained considerable success in many of the sports it offers, both on the regional and national level. 



Columba College now has a Facebook page to cover their Sporting successes. Like and follow the page to keep up to date with sports results, highlights, achievements and upcoming events here at Columba College.


Columba College Sports Council Sports Scholarships 2018

Click here to read about the Columba College Sports Council Sports Scholarships 2018 on Facebook.


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Sports Staff





Mrs Christie Sinclair

Head of Physical Education and Health

Miss Dayna Turnbull

Director of Sport

Mrs Megan Graamans

Sports Co-ordinator Years 3-8


Sports Prefects

Columba College Sports Prefects for 2017 are Caitlin Deans and Clora Quinlan-Thompson. Caitlin represents New Zealand in Swimming and captains our school swimming team; she also enjoys competing in Athletics and Social Basketball for Columba, and has previously been a part of the waterpolo and cross-country teams. Clora was selected to trial for the New Zealand Rowing Team after a successful Maadi Cup campaign where she captained our rowing team to some incredible achievements. Clora is a member of the Columba Senior A Netball team and also took part in basketball, touch and athletics when she was younger. Both students are daygirls and live by the motto “She’ll be right!”