23 Mar 2015

Court allows students to row at Maadi Cup

9:03 pm on 23 March 2015

Two rowers from Christchurch school St Bedes who jumped onto a baggage conveyor at Auckland Airport have not been stopped from rowing in the Maadi Cup today.

Jack Bell

Jack Bell Photo: Facebook

The school told Jordan Kennedy and Jack Bell they would not be allowed to compete in the inter-school competition at Lake Karapiro due to their actions, but their parents disputed the decision and took the matter to court.

The High Court prevented St Bede's from implementing its decision.

A request was made for name suppression for the two students but it was dismissed by the court.

In a statement through lawyers, on behalf of the boys and their families, the group said the only reason for court action was their concern about the school's decisions.

Jordan Kennedy

Jordan Kennedy Photo: Facebook

They wanted to establish whether the decision was fair compared to the pair's actions.

The lawyer for the school, Andrew McCormick, said even though the boys have competed, it was important the matter was put to rest later.

He said the school maintained it was in the right, and that that would be the subject of a full hearing down the track.

The boys' parents said they would support the school in relation to disciplining the boys as and when appropriate.

In the same statement, the boys said that they meant no harm when they rode the baggage carrier, and intended it as nothing more than a prank.

They said they were very remorseful for their actions at the airport.

Jordan Kennedy's father Shane Kennedy told Radio New Zealand he had resigned as the chairperson of the school's rowing squad.