Old Boys' Achievements 2016

CBHS celebrates Old Boys' successes, locally, nationally, and internationally


James Addington a 23 year old student will oversee the $25 million rebuild project for the University of Canterbury Students' Association.  James attended CBHS 2000-06.

Former Christchurch Boys’ student, Ethan Thomson, has been awarded a Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award. These awards are for promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in fields targeted to support growth and innovation in New Zealand. Ethan will use this award to research ground motion simulation at Stanford University, as part of his PhD in Earthquake Engineering at the University of Canterbury. Ethan graduated with a BE (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in 2014.


Jorgen Ellis, 20, creates multi-million dollar business DIY-ers hatred of assembling flat-packs. Jorgen says he's created a million dollar business by assembling the problematic kitsets at customer's homes. Jorgen says his Kitset Assembly Services business has proved so successful that he's offering franchises. Read more


Clarence Beeby and Old Boy educationalist has re-emerged in the international education spotlight. Dr Beeby was the first Director of New Zealand's Council of Educational Research and finished his career lecturing at Harvard. 50 years after undertaking work on education in developing countries Beeby's 1965 book was the subject of a panel at a Vancouver Education Conference and his ideas are proving enduring.


Stewart Alexander will once again be competing in his third year of Univesity Challenge, however this will be his first time as captain of the University of Canterbury (UC) team. A PhD student in Chemistry, Stewart Alexander also competed in the relaunched Mastermind TV quiz show earlier this year and says the team has been working hard to prepare for the challenge.



The Old Boys below were recognised in the 2016 New Years' Honours list :

To be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) - Daniel William Carter for services to Rugby

To be a recipient of the Queen's Service Medal (QSM) - Ian Frank Warren, for services to Health and the Community


Pilot Officer Flynn Cribb joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in January 2014. Flynn graduated from the No 243 RAAF Advanced Pilots' Course in June 2016 receiving two medals - the Highest Aggregate of Academic Marks (awarded the BP (Australia) Ltd Trophy) and the Most Proficient Pilot at Instrument Flying (awarded the G Scutt/E Davey Memorial Trophy).  Flynn has been posted to 42 Squadron to fly the B200 Super King Air Aircraft at RNZAF Base Ohakea.



Trent Jones has been selected to compete at Rio Olympics 2016 for NZ elite men BMX. He is the only BMX athlete that will be competing for NZ at Rio.


Steve Orton achieves professional dream in six days.  Read more


Brad Riddell
has come away with a unanimous decision victory over Aussie Muay Thai Legend John Wayne Parr in the Caged Muay Thai 8 main event.  Read more

Sam Watt has just won his third national boxing title in a row.  Read more


Neil Broom
 - one of New Zealand's new breed of one-day international cricketers, Broom fondly recalls playing 1st XI cricket and 1st XV rugby alongside Dan Carter at Christchurch Boys' High School, that production line for sporting internationals.  Broom rolled out his third century of the Ford Trophy season to become the Volts' new record holder for the most runs in one summer (508).  Read more

Alex Ross has been awarded the 2016 Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year at the Allan Border Medal ceremony in Melbourne click here to read more.

Jeremy Benton a spinner has secured a Canterbury’s domestic cricket contract. The 21-year-old’s long-term potential and left-arm variation has helped him gain a spot on the association’s 15-player list for the first time. Read more


Michael Vink
(Old Boy) was placed 1st in the NBS Around Brunner Cycle Ride on the 30th January

Keagan Girdlestone has just competed in the World champs yesterday 22 September (Richmond, USA) in the ITT. He covered 30km in 38min 58sec to place 4th. He was 1min 7sec behind the winner from Germany. That's an average of 46.2km/hr. 

Keagen back on the road 5 months after suffering life threatening injuries read more


Tom Fraser, national representative in the New Zealand Ultimate Frisbee team, talks to Tony Veitch ahead of the World Champs in London.


Jack Leslie has made history in Italy. The 18 year old became the first New Zealander to record a pdoum finish in an international race when he won a junior World Cup race in Italy in January 2016.


Declan Dempster has been selected in the NZ SUP and Prone paddleboard team to represent New Zealand at the ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboarding Championships in Fiji 12-20 November.


Alistair Bond
is representing New Zealand at the Rio Olympics as a rower in the men's LW Four - Alistair is an ex Adams House resident.  Hamish only turned his attention fully to rowing after completing his studies at Otago University. He has a Bachelor of Surveying and a post grad diploma in Environment Management. Alistair's brother Hamish who attended OBHS is also an Olympian rowing at Rio in the men's coxless pairs with Eric Murray. For more information click here


Josh McKay was selected (due to injury) into the NZU20 side who travelled to the Gold Coast.  The team had a resounding win 30-10 over Australia.  The second game was very tight with NZ losing 25-24 however retaining the Oceania Cup.

Anton Leinert-Brown was been called into the All Blacks to replace Sonny Bill Williams. Anton was a student here in 2008-2012, playing for the 1st XV in 2011-2012. He represented New Zealand Under 20 at World Cups in 2014-2015, is currently a Chiefs player in Super Rugby and has played for Waikato since 2013 in the Mitre 10 Cup.  Read more

Fletcher Smith is one of a bunch of players from the Christchurch Boys' first XV classes of 2011 and 2012 who have gone on to play NPC, Super Rugby or even international rugby. With the help of a deadly accurate right foot, Otago No 10 Fletcher Smith is making a name for himself on the national rugby scene. Midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown might be the biggest name from the Christchurch Boys' High School 2011 and 2012 first XVs, but Smith, the Nelson-born 21-year-old, continues to impress in the No 10 jersey for Otago in the Mitre 10 Cup.

Glasgow sign Ruaridh Mackenzie - Mackenzie attended Christchurch Boys High School, following the likes of Dan Carter, Sir Graham Henry and Steve Hansen in playing for its rugby team, before moving to Queensland Reds' academy click here to read more.

Tim Bateman to rejoin Crusaders for 2017 season. Bateman, a West Coaster who captained the Christchurch Boy's High School first XV after moving to Canterbury with his family, played 38 games for Canterbury between 2006 and 2009 and appeared 35 times for the Crusaders from 2007 to 2010. Read more


Kiwi squash player Paul Coll caps giantkilling run in style by winning Channel VAS Championship in England New Zealand's top men's squash player, Paul Coll, has claimed the biggest tournament win of his career, completing a stunning giantkilling run to claim the Channel VAS Championship in England on Tuesday (NZ time).  Read more