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Jenna Borthwick – Y9

This is the speech Jenna gave at the Cranmer Lunch in Term 2, 2017.

“Hello, my name is Jenna Borthwick and I’m a fourth generation St Margaret’s girl. My great grandmother, Dorothy Judd, attended St Margaret’s when it was at Cranmer Square, my grandmother Diana Reid attended St Margaret’s while Jean Crosher was the principal and I know that Jean Crusher was responsible for moving the school to where it is now.

Then my mother Anna Rainey attended St Margaret’s in the 1980s. I sadly lost my mum while I was still at primary school, but I have always wanted to follow in her footsteps and attend St Margaret’s College.

I was at Longbeach School and most of my friends were going to Ashburton College but I convinced my dad to let me go to St Margaret’s if I could get a scholarship. So we went through the process of writing an application and I sat some exams. I was lucky enough to be awarded the Jean Crosher Scholarship and here I am today. I’m also a boarder which has helped me make some really good friends, kinda like sisters really.

I am so very grateful to receive this scholarship and it means more to me than just following in my mum’s footsteps, because I really wanted to attend an all girls school. I am determined to get the best education I can get. I love learning new things and I find the facilities at St Margarets are amazing. I really love english at school, because I love to write stories and reading books is a good hobby of mine. I love the arts and all the different sports that St Margaret’s offers as well.

St Margaret’s has really encouraged me with my sporting career. As I said I really want to get a good education but I have a big ambition to be a professional sports person. While I was at primary school I loved athletics, especially running, and I was lucky enough to represent Canterbury at athletics and cross country. This not only gave me a taste of representative sport but how to train hard and achieve my goals. I can remember every personal best I ran in the 1500m and the 800m, which were my two favourite events. I was also training and competing in karate at this time and would sometimes train five times a week. After attending nationals and performing well I was selected into the New Zealand karate team, going to India for the Commonwealth Karate Champs. I ended up getting 5th which was gutting as I was just out of the medals. This was an all-round amazing trip. The culture and way things were done was so different to New Zealand. I think this gave me a great taste of international competition. I would love to represent New Zealand again. Shortly after this I decided cycling was the sport for me and I gave up karate as I was getting injured a lot and needed more time to train for track cycling.

I have always been cycling, as it was something my mum and dad did. Mum even won a national title for road cycling. We have a velodrome in Tinwald and I have raced there for years where the likes of Hayden Roulston and Lauren Ellis started out. They have both been to the Olympics. The Olympics is my dream goal in cycling  and I would love to go and bring back gold for New Zealand! In March last year I went to my first track cycling nationals as a 12-year-old in the Under 15 Girls. I won two national titles in my two favourite events, the 750m derby and the 1500m scratch race. I also got bronze in the 500m time trial.

I went back in March this year and my goal was to get four golds which I didn’t quite achieve but I was close enough with three golds and a silver, which I was very chuffed with!

St Margaret’s was very supportive and gave me a week off no questions asked to go to nationals, which I know wasn’t as easy for my team mates. I was very excited to receive a cycling badge for my efforts at the Summer Sports Assembly. Now I’m representing St Margaret’s in the schools’ road racing for Term 2 and 3 before track gets under way again in summer.

Thank you for the opportunity to come and talk to you today, I’m very proud to be attending St Margaret’s which some days I still can’t believe as it was always a goal to come. Thank you very much.”