Sports Captains

Sports Captains

Sasha Sutherland, Captain of Athletics for 2021The 2021 Captain of Athletics is S. M. Sutherland 7G

Sutherland joined the Athletics team in Form 4 and has represented the School as a member of the Athletics programme since.

He is a young man of excellent character. This has been most visible through his personal dedication to training which has aided his significant progress throughout his athletics career at the School. He has a positive and selfless attitude, authentically supporting and showing interest in other athletes.

In 2020 Sutherland knocked 0.6s off his 200m time at the National Championships. He was also an integral part of the Senior 4x100m Relay team's success at the Central Western Zone Championships, qualifying for the Auckland Championships that were later cancelled.

In his leadership role as Captain of Athletics, he has a lot to offer the sport and other athletes. He is determined to positively influence the Athletics squad's achievements this year.

Jamal Todd, Captain of Cricket for 2021The 2021 Captain of Cricket is J. T. Todd 7E1

Todd has been a member of the 1st XI for the past three years, and in this time has already represented the School on 35 occasions.

A genuine all-rounder, Todd has been recognised for his ability through selection in the New Zealand Māori Schoolboys team the past two years.

His first-round 223 not-out batting performance against Rangitoto College, which is a school record, has set a high personal standard in which he must aspire to maintain as he leads.

Todd leads on the field with a strong voice, and with the backing of other seniors in the side has set lofty goals for 2021.


Hugo Swinson, Captain of the Distance Squad for 2021The 2021 Captain of the Distance Squad is H. M. Swinson 7B

Swinson has been a member of the Distance Squad at Auckland Grammar School since Form 3 and has proudly represented the squad at numerous events including the National Cross Country, the Auckland Championships and the New Zealand Secondary Schools Road Race.

He has had several successes as part of the six-man team with medal placings at national events, such as the National Road Race in Tauranga last year.

Swinson is a committed squad member who leads by example in his approach to his training. He has gone from strength to strength and continues to improve as a result of his commitment to training.

His positive attitude and enjoyment of the sport, along with his humility and integrity, is well regarded by his peers and staff, acknowledged by the fact he is a 2021 School Prefect. Swinson's enthusiasm and compassion makes him a positive role model and leader for the squad.

Matthew Griffiths, Captain of Golf for 2021The 2021 Captain of Golf is M. S. Griffiths 6A

Griffiths has represented the Grammar Golf team for the past three years and this year will be his second as Captain.

Griffiths has continued to work hard and show dedication to reduce his handicap, now playing in the number three position in the Premier team. After the success of 2020, the focus would be to maintain standards.

Griffiths is a mature head who applies the disciplines established in his academic life to the challenge of leading a young and talented golf team.




Ben Shortt, Captain of Rowing for 2021The 2021 Captain of Rowing is B. C. Shortt 7F

Shortt has been a member of the School's Rowing Squad since Form 5.

He has been an exemplary student and outstanding oarsman during this time. He has represented the School with distinction as a member of the rowing squad.

He is currently a member of the Senior Eight, the Under 18 Four, and the Under 18 Pair. In 2020, he was part of the Under 17 Eight, who was unbeaten in the North Island throughout the season.

Shortt is of an outstanding character. He leads by example and has a selfless attitude. He has an excellent work ethic and positive attitude which has earned the respect of his peers.

He started the season by setting a high standard and is well-supported by a strong team of senior rowers who are busy preparing for the next three regattas of the season.

Eric Li, Captain of Swimming for 2021The 2021 Captain of Swimming is E. Li 7D

Li has been a strong competitor representing the Grammar swim team since Form 3.

He has regularly featured in the top three in his age group at the annual School Swimming Championships and has won numerous medals at Zone, Regional and National competitions.

Li is a determined and dedicated young man who has shown real empathy in helping his teammates overcome difficulties and achieve to the best of their ability.

In 2021, his talent, experience and leadership will be vital to a team of younger swimmers as they look to win the National title last year's second place.



Jourdan Klink, Captain of Water Polo for 2021The 2021 Captain of Water Polo is J. C. G. Klink 7G1

Klink is in his fourth year as a member of the Premier Water polo team. He has been an integral part of the team ever since making his appearance as a Form 4 student in 2018.

He is a potent attacking threat on the right wing and is able to win kick-outs on a regular basis for the team, as well as score numerous goals. His approach to Water Polo is one of determination and dedication and he will lead by example.

Klink's skill and training ethos has seen him picked in National representation training camps, and in 2021 he will be ably assisted by Vice-captain F. G. McCall 7C.