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 Mitre 10 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.
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 semifinalists in the national basketball league competition 2017 after winning the National title in 2015 and 2016.
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. The Southern Steel has had an amazing season in 2017 with an unbeaten record to take out the inaugural ANZ Netball National League Competition, to top off their perfect season the Southern Steel also won the Super Club final!
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.