Year 7 to 13 Catholic Boys School, Auckland New Zealand

Liston College U19A Basketball team promoted to Premier Grade

assets/Uploads/Achievements/1017019_623926054305192_1697590139_n.jpgComing off a Western Zone Championship winning season in 2012, the Liston College U19A Basketball team, coached by Doe Williams Basketball had an impressive 2013 season.

As the second seed from West Auckland for the Greater Auckland Champs, meant that the Liston College team faced the top seed teams from the other Auckland Regions. Beating Massey High School (56-48), meant that the Liston College U19A Basketball team would have a place in the Auckland Premier Grade basketball competition for 2014.

The U19A Basketball team also competed at the Auckland Regional Basketball Tournament held at the North Shore Events Centre. This tournament provided the opportunity for Liston College to match up against all the teams within Auckland and compete at the National High School Basketball Competition at the end of September. History was made in 2013 as it was the first time a Liston College basketball team attended this tournament. The U19A Basketball team finished with 5 wins and 3 losses, placing 9th and within the top 10 teams in Auckland.

Liston College 1st XI Cricket team promoted to Premier Grade

Liston College’s 1st XI Cricket team has been promoted to the Premier A Grade competition for 2014.  It is the first time in almost a decade that any of the College’s first teams  has been promoted to the A Grade, demonstrating not only how difficult it is, but also what a great job the team has done in the Premier B Grade in 2013 and what a great job their coach Steve Paul  has done.

Special mention must be made of the Year 13 students who have played particularly well. Ethan Hunt, captain and a fine left-arm opening bowler and   Nathan Fletcher whose batting in Term 4 took the matches away from the other contenders for the title. Ben Lister, ably supporting Nathan in run-making, as well as his ability to field and bowl at critical times while not forgetting our U18 Western Districts spin bowler, Saumani Tiai, who tied up the opposition at times.

Three other players also deserving of special mention are: Luke Devereaux, who bowled so economically as 1st change bowler, Damian Stephen as spinner and low order batsman and Thomas Ngatai, who as a Year 10 wicketkeeper/batsman  performed superbly in his first year in the 1st XI.


Benedict Chong Wong New Zealand Under 18 Shot-put Champion


Benedict Chong Wong

Benedict Chong Wong competed in the National Athletics Championships in Auckland and won the U18 Shot Put title with a throw of 19.14m. This throw qualified him for the World U18 Championships in Moscow in July 2013.


  • 1st Liston College Athletics
  • 1st Auckland Secondary Schools Western Zone Championships
  • 3rd Auckland Under18’s Club Championships
  • 1st Greater Auckland Secondary Schools Championships
  • 1st New Zealand Under18’s Athletics Club Championships 
  • Achieved Rank #3 in New Zealand History
  • European 2013 campaign:
    • 1st in Under18 and Under20 Men’s Shot put at Alsace France Regional Champs in France.
    • 1st in Under18 Men’s Shot put at Meeting de l'IBAL, LINGOLSHEIM, France, Winning this competition 4 times.
    • 1st in Under20 Men’s Shot put at Meeting de l'IBAL, LINGOLSHEIM, France, Winning in this age group twice.
    • 2nd at the 2013 Rhein Main Cup, in Niederrodenbach, Germany.
    • 3rd at the 2013 International Jugend meeting in Schweinfurt, Germany.
    • 8th Under20 men’s 6kg shot-put In BAUHAUS Junioren-Gala, Manheim, Germany.
    • Represented New Zealand IAAF World Youth Championships Under18 Men’s Shot put, Donetsk, Ukraine came 24th.

Michael Kulene: Para-rowing National Champion


Michael Kulene

Liston College student, Michael lost his leg below the knee after being hit by a car in Kiribati, when he was 7 years old. While this was a major trauma, Michael maintained his keen interest in sports playing soccer, rugby, basketball, cricket and hockey after suffering his injury.

By chance when Michael was visiting the Artificial Limb Centre, he picked up a booklet containing a list of sports activities a young person with a disability could participate in. As a result, Michael’s father decided to send him to a sport academy for people who have a disability. In June 2013, under the guidance of his coach at the West End Rowing Club, Michael began his rowing career. 

In his first regatta, Michael competed in the novice double, against able bodied rowers, coming fourth in the heats. Not to be deterred, Michael’s coach switched him to row in an adaptive single scull. This move bought Michael success: 

North Island National Championship 2014

Open single scull: 1st  - gold medal.

New Zealand National Championship 2014

Open single scull: 1st  - gold medal.

Michael aspires to be like Mahe Drysdale. Despite his disability he does not allow this to be a handicap to him as he participates in both open and adaptive classes in rowing.

In the near future, Michael wants to represent New Zealand at the Paralympics. The West End Rowing Club is looking for a female rower to partner Michael so that he will be a candidate for the next Paralympic Games.

Joshua Bieshaar – 3rd in New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Competition (Maadi Cup) 2013


Joshua Bieshaar

In 2013 Joshua Bieshaar represented Liston College in a number of secondary school rowing regattas. He is coached by a past Olympic rowing coach at the Waitemata Rowing Club, which rows out of the Taipara Stand on the Te Atatu Peninsula.
The many hours on the water and in the gym paid off for Joshua during the season, culminating in him winning a bronze medal in the Under 16 single sculls event, at the Maadi Cup in 2013 – placing him in the top three New Zealand school rowers by age.

2013 Results

Head of the Harbour Regatta  2013

Under 17 single scull:      4th  in the A final.
Under 16 single scull:      1st  in the A final - gold medal.

North Island Secondary School Rowing 2013

Under 17 single scull:      6th  in the A final.
Under 16 single scull:      1st  in the A final - gold medal.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Competition (Maadi Cup) 2013

Under 16 single scull:      3rd  in the A final - bronze medal.

2014 Results

Head of the Harbour Regatta  2014

Under 18 single scull:      3rd  in the A final.
Under 17 single scull:      1st  in the A final - gold medal.

George Smith – wins 6 medals at the NZ Swimming Nationals


George Smith - centre

George Smith, a Year 8 student at Liston College has had some remarkable success in the swimming pool. George, swimming for the Mt Roskill Swimming Club, has only been swimming competitively for 4 years and has gained six medals (two gold, two silver and two bronze) at the recent Swimming Nationals held in Wellington in mid February.

Like many sports people, George’s talent in the pool was recognised very early when he was having swimming lessons. His Swimming Coach at the time signed George up to Auckland Swimming League for Juniors (ASL) where he was provided with specialised coaching and access to competitive swimming. George started in the junior squad at the ASL and progressed to the senior squad, the highest level for age group swimming – 12 years and under.

George started with back stroke and then progressed to butterfly stroke under the direction of his coach, a discipline where he showed a real natural aptitude
Having done so well at the NZ Swimming Nationals, George has now qualified for six events in April at the NZ National Seniors (age group) Swimming. These include butterfly, freestyle and medley events.
George credits his motivation and success to Gabrielle Fa'amausili, a 14 year old swimming sensation, who through her dedication and drive to succeed, will see her certainly gain qualification to the 2016 Commonwealth Games.

NZ National Swimming Competition – Wellington  2013

Gold medals

  • 50m Butterfly        
  • Auckland squad relay 4 x 50m medley 

Silver medals

  • 100 freestyle
  • 100 butterfly                            

Bronze medals

  • 50 metres freestyle:
  • Auckland squad relay 4 x 50m freestyle