Five St Margaret's College Old Girls in Rio Olympics.

Thursday 4 August 2016, 12:15PM

By St Margaret's College


Black sticks in Rio
Black sticks in Rio Credit: NZ Hockey


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Five St Margaret’s College Old Girls in Rio Olympics.

Black Sticks – Sophie Cocks, Pippa Hayward and Amelia Gibson
Rowing - Holly Greenslade and Olivia Loe

School holding breakfast to watch live coverage
Five Old Girls from St Margaret's College are in the 2016 Rio Olympics.  

Sophie Cocks and Pippa Hayward are playing for the Black Sticks women's hockey team, with Amelia Gibson in the reserves. 

Holly Greenslade and Olivia Loe have been selected in the reserve pair for the Rio Olympics. 

Executive principal Gillian Simpson says "the St Margaret's College community is right behind the five Old Girls selected for the Rio Olympics".  So much so, that they are holding an event at the school where supporters can watch live coverage of the Black Sticks women's hockey team playing China on Sunday, 14th August, complete with a full cooked buffet brunch. Simpson says "We are tremendously proud of Sophie, Pippa, Holly and Olivia and we wish them all the best for their preparations over the coming days."

The hockey fundraiser breakfast includes commentary from a panel of special guests including Old Girls who have also played hockey for New Zealand.

Backgrounds of girls:

Black Sticks – Hockey


Sophie Cocks

  • Finished SMC 2012 
  • Year 13 won Most Valuable Player (hockey 1st XI) 
  • Sophie was on the sports council 
  • Sophie was first selected for the black sticks in 2013 and has since played 107 caps. 
  • She played her first senior international test in 2013 against Australia as part of the 2013 Oceania Cup. She scored the winning goal in the 3-2 match with a field goal in the 60th minute. 
  • Sophie has represented Nz at the 2014 Women's Hockey World Cup and the women's hockey tournament at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
  • At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Sophie and the Black Sticks won a bronze medal. 
  • Sophie was in the 2015 Canterbury Cats training squad (as was Pippa)

Photo and more information:


Pippa Hayward

  • SMC 2004 - 2008 
  • 2008 won award for Leadership in and Dedication to Sport (joint)
  • 2008 won Most valuable Player (hockey)
  • 2008 1st XI won Best Performed Team (joint) 
  • 2008 won Outstanding Sporting Achievement (joint)
  • 2008 won Excellence in Sport - runner up Sportswomen of the year 
  • Pippa was first selected for St Margaret's 1st XI team when she was in year 9 (2004) and subsequently selected every year through to her final year at SMC (year 13, 2008)
  • She was in the fist St Margaret's team to win Federation Cup 
  • Pippa captained the Canterbury Cats in 2015
  • Pippa was first selected for the Black Sticks in 2012 and has since played 109 caps. 

Photo and more information:

Amelia Gibson

SMC 2007 - 2009 
SMC 1st XI 2007 - 2009
2009 Amelia won the award for outstanding sporting achievement she also received outstanding service to and excellence in sport and Hockey's most Valuable player in 2009
In 2008 and in 2009 Amelia received the Hockey Award for the Player who displayed the greatest commitment   
2009 NZ U18 Women's Team and Black sticks Development Squad
Black Stick since 2010 
57 Caps


“Getting the senior sports scholarship at St Margaret's College enabled me to pursue my lifetime ambition of becoming a Black Stick,” says Amelia Gibson.  “I got to participate in sporting activities with exposure to national competition as well as keeping excellence in my academic work.  I gained values around leadership, personal growth and made life long friendships within the St Margaret’s community.”




Holly Greenslade

·      Finished SMC in 2013

·      Started Rowing in 2010 (her year 10/U16 season)

·      In her U16 season won Most Promising Novice

·      In her both her U17 and U18 seasons at St Margaret’s Holly won ‘Rower of the Year’

·      In 2012 won both Outstanding Sports achievement and Sportswomen of the Year

·      In 2012 represented NZ

·      Holly won 3 silvers and 7 golds at Maadi Cup and 2 golds and 2 silvers at the NZ Championships.

·      Holly was awarded the Canterbury Jubliee Cup for Top Female School rower

·       In 2013 at the NZ Championships she won her first red coat (Premier Title).

·      Holly has represented NZ since 2012

·      She won bronze in the Juniors Women’s four (2012)

·      Selected for the Junior Women’s Four (2013)

·      2014 won gold in the Junior Women’s Four, Pair and Eight as part of the NZ U21 team.

·      In 2015 she was selected in the U23 Women’s Four

·      In 2016 she has been selected to join Olivia Loe in the reserve pair for the Rio Olympics.


Olivia Loe

·      SMC 2005 – 2009

·      2009 won colours for Rugby

·      2009 won Rower of the Year

·      2009 won Player of the Year for Rugby

·      NZ Junior quad

·      In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 she competed at the U23 World Champs.

·      In 2012 she won bronze in the U23 Women’s Quad

·      In 2014 she ones silver in U23 Women’s Four

·      In 2015 she was selected as the reserve sculler for the Elite Rowing team.

·      In 2016 she has been selected to join Holly Greenslade in the reserve pair for the Rio Olympics. 



Photo credit: NZ Hockey

In the photo Pippa Hayward is in the back row 1st on the left, Sophie Cocks is in the middle row second from the left, and Amelia Gibson is in the front row third from the right.


For more information please contact
Executive Principal, Gillian Simpson 027 296 4500
Director of Sport, Helen Belcher  027 430 7168