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Read below to find out about some of our past students that have become national representatives.

Andy Haden - All Black Wanganui Technical College 1963-1967
Born 26th September 1950 at Wanganui. International debut 18th June 1950 v British Lions, aged 26. Final appearance 1986 v Argentina. Total caps 41

Andrew Haden attended Wanganui Technical College during the early 1960's. As well as rugby he also represented the school at tennis. A very tall player at 2.03m he was very mobile and always showed potential at school boy level rugby. In all he played 41 tests, winning 31, with 1 draw and 9 losses. He scored 2 tries

More information can be found on www.sporting-heroes.net

Richard 'Dick' Tonks - Rowing
Wanganui Technical College 1964-1968

Born 21st February 1951 in Wanganui. Dick represented New Zealand at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich in the mens coxless four. This crew won a silver medal but perhaps is not widely known because of the success of the gold medal winning mens 8 that same year. He has been the head coach of the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 rowing teams at these Olympic games and at the intervening world championships. His crews have achieved numerous world and Olympic medals. He has also been the FISA world rowing coach of the year and won the Halberg coach of the year award twice

More information can be found on the Rowing New Zealand website.

Peter Belliss - Lawn Bowls
Wanganui Technical College 1968-1972

Born in 1952 in Wanganui he was recently inducted into the Wanganui Sports Hall of fame. He is one of Wanganui's highest achievers on the sports field having won 6 world championship medals, 3 of them gold in the 20 years he has represented New Zealand. He also represented his country at the Commonwealth games in 1982 (3rd) and 1994 (3rd). He also represented Wanganui at rugby and was a regular member in the school 1st XV.

His profile can be found on www.wanganui.govt.nz link

Harry Mahon - Rowing
Wanganui Technical College 1955-1959

Born January 15th 1942, died May 19th 2001. Harry participated in rowing at the school and was often in the bow seat of the school 8. His success in the sport came at the highest level of coaching across New Zealand, Switzerland, South Africa and Great Britan. Mahon followed his grandfather and uncle into the sport after school years, joining the Wanganui Rowing Club. He was also involved with rugby and cricket but later took up teaching as a career having taught in Canada and Great Britan.

Sadly he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1997 but continued to coach successfully for a further 4 years before his death in 2001. He was awarded an OBE in 1982, inducted into the NZ sports hall of fame 1995 and was named New Zealander of the year in Britan 2001. His coaching achievements included silver 1977 world champs, gold 1982 and 83 world champs, bronze 1982 world champs, silver x 2 1988 Olympics (Swiss), bronze 1997 world champs (Britan), Gold x 2 2000 Olympics (Britan) and 1993-1999 and 2001, University boat races (Cambridge)

After his death the Harry Mahon Cancer Research Trust was established in his name.

Links can be found on www.wikpedia.org

Gary Anderson - Cycling
Wanganui Boys College 1981-1985

Born 1967, Gary was inducted into the Wanganui Sports Hall of fame in 2008 for his prolific achievements as a track cyclist. He competed for 16 years at the highest level his greatest achievement being his country's first ever Olympic cycling medal in Barcelona 1992. He also raced at Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. At the Auckland Commonwealth games in 1990 he was our most successful athlete winning 3 golds and a silver. At Edinburgh in 1986 he won 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.

In 1990 he was awarded an MBE for services to cycling and was inducted into the NZ sports hall of fame in 2007. At school he was a member of the successful Hope Gibbons cycling team and is still involved in coaching cycling at a local level in Wanganui.

Links can be found on www.wanganui.govt.nz website.

Ron Cheatley - Cycling
Wanganui Technical College 1961-1965

Born 1948, Ron is New Zealand most successful cycling coach having won 92 international medals including 32 victories and 85 national titles over a 21 year period. He was head coach at 4 Olympic games in 1984,88.92 and 2000. He was also head coach at four Commonwealth games between 1982 and 1998 with a record of 6 titles, and 10 3rd placings.

He was awarded an MBE in 1990 and 1998 as well as NZ Commemorative Medal. He is also a life member of Cycling NZ.

Further links can be found on www.wanganui.govt.nz website.

Ross Tong - Rowing
Wanganui Boys College 1974-1978

Born 21st April 1961 Ross was an accomplished rower at school level make his first representative crews at junior level to the world championships. Following in his fathers Allan's footsteps he represented New Zealand at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles winning a bronze medal in the coxed four. As a club member for the Waikato club he won numerous national titles at the elite level.

Further links can be found on www.olympic.org.nz website.

Chris Masoe - All Black
Wanganui City College 1994-95

Chris was born in Samoa on the 15th May 1979. Described as a solid and hard hitting player, he is capable of playing any of the 3 loose forward positions but played most of his games at openside flanker. He was a regular member of the NZ sevens rugby team up until 2003 from then on stepping up to the All Black side where he has played 15 caps. He has played senior representative rugby for Wanganui. Taranaki and the Hurricanes. He was a member of the 2002 gold medal winning 7's team at the Commonwealth games and also named 7's player of the year. He is currently based in France.

While at school he was an outstanding player for the first XV and showed promise from an early age with his dedication to training.