Formed in 1887, Rugby Southland has forged a very proud tradition of teams known for their tenacity, grit and strength. Despite our regions small population, more than 50 Southlanders have played for the All Blacks, including two double internationals. As one of the premier sports teams in the region, the Southland Stags represent Southland on the national stage in the ITM Cup, the country′s top-level professional provincial competition, and SIT is proud to have a long standing association as the title sponsor of the team.
SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks
The Zero Fees Southland Sharks are Southland's regional representative mens' basketball team competing in the New Zealand National Basketball League. SIT has sponsored the team since their inception in 2009. The Southland Sharks were the reigning 2015 NBL champions in a season that included an NBL record-breaking 16 win streak and were also the 2013 National Basketball League Champions.
With a focus on providing opportunities for students to learn in an elite international sporting environment, the Southern Institute of Technology has joined forces with the Southern Steel. Netball South Chief Executive Sue Clarke – herself an SIT graduate – said the tertiary institute was a natural fit for the franchise. “The environment we operate in provides an incredible array of opportunities for SIT students across such a vast range of subjects. Whether their chosen field of study is sport and recreation, film, massage therapy or even music, they can be involved with aspects of our team and wider franchise,” she said.
The Southern Institute of Technology are proud to sponsor SIT Bachelor of Sport and Exercise graduate Eddie Dawkins for his 2016 track cycling season. SIT has a proud history with Eddie and helping him to train and compete on the world stage since the beginning of his cycling career. Eddie credits his tutor Will Payne and the rest of the Sports and Exercise Faculty for their support, expertise and knowledge which has helped him to develop into the world-class athlete that he has become.
Brendon Leitch is completing his Automotive apprenticeship through the Southern Institute of Technology and is sponsored by SIT for the Toyota Racing (Motorsport) Series, with the short-term goal of placing in the top five this year, and the ultimate goal of an international career as a professional Indy Racing League driver.
Marshall Hall is the current and seven time New Zealand Discus Champion and part of the NZ High Performance Throwing squad working towards the Rio Olympics this year.
He is a National Diploma in Business (Level 5) student and chose SIT because the flexible mixed mode delivery learning options through SIT2LRN, SIT’s distance learning faculty, gave him the flexibility to work around both his training and employment.