Sport at St Paul’s

Sport is an essential part of student development with participation in both summer and winter sport a compulsory part of school life.

Participation in sport at St Paul’s, allows students to experience individual success, the power of teamwork, personal discipline and healthy competitiveness.

Students have the opportunity to participate in approximately 34 different sports at St Paul’s. To ensure balance, physically and socially, students are encouraged to participate in at least one of our Gold options over the course of the school year.

Gold sports options

  • Athletics, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rowing, rugby, squash, swimming and tennis.

White sports options

  • Adventure racing, badminton, basketball, bowls, clay bird shooting, climbing, cross-country, cycling, futsal, girls fitness, golf, Lacrosse, mountain biking, sevens rugby, St Paul’s Fit, table tennis, touch rugby, triathlon, volleyball, and Waterpolo.

Sports coaches

Most sports are coached or managed by academic staff with significant sporting backgrounds. This co-curricular interaction helps foster positive relationships between teacher and student, resulting in a number of benefits in the classroom. St Paul’s also employs several sports directors to oversee our flagship sports: cricket, rugby, hockey, rowing, netball and football. The sports directors provide additional training to students who have their sights set on regional and national representative selection.

Students are provided with individualised programmes covering skills, endurance, mental game and strategic play. This specialised training is also provided to St Paul’s first teams. St Paul’s offers students the opportunity to excel in their chosen sport through the St Paul’s high-performance sports programme. The programme lifts the performance of individual athletes and flagship teams by building the whole athlete: the physical, mental, emotional and team unity characteristics.

Students are provided with one-on-one and group training sessions to help them reach their age-group potential and increase the overall performance of flagship teams. Students, coaches and teams work closely with specialist coaches multiple times per week in group and one-on-one training sessions. The St Paul’s strength and conditioning coach works on their functional movement to improve individual performance.

To read more about our coaching staff, click here

Athlete development programme

All Year 9 students take part in the junior high performance sports programme. Students receive expert training with junior development coaches and the strength and conditioning coach twice during the six-day academic rotation. These lessons aim to enhance students’ fitness and strength levels, develop skills, teach students about nutrition to enhance performance and improve recovery, and prepare students for their senior years as members of St Paul’s first teams.

High Performance Teams

  • Athletics, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rowing and rugby.

High Performance Individual sports

  • Athletics, tennis, squash and swimming.


Director of Sport – Brad Emslie Email

Sports Administrator – Sandra Ardern Email