Welcome to the first edition of "The Back Page".

Each week I will keep you informed of all things Sport, Fitness and Wellbeing at the College. 

Weekend Roundup

At Scots, we view Sport as a "Learning Pathway" that develops character in boys for now and as they move into their future.

This weekend, the boys in the Prep School were involved in Sports trials. It was great to see the enthusiasm of the boys under the direction and leadership of Brent Wilsmore and his team.

The Senior School boys matched up against Newington. Although many Sports were involved in a trial round, the weekend saw big match-ups for our firsts and seconds Basketball and Cricket. 

I would like to commend David Todd and his team for displaying the work ethic and dedication that characterises sport at Scots.  Although they were not successful, the boys were outstanding sportsman and represented us with pride.

As the day closed and a thunderstorm rolled in across the Inner West our first Cricket showed a lot of class and composure in holding off Newington to win by 3 runs.  This puts our Cricket team in a position to still be in contention for the Premiership in the second half of the season.

Welcome Ed White  (Acting Senior Sportsmaster) 

I would like to welcome Ed White to the role of Acting Sportsmaster for Term 1. Ed moves into this role with experience at Scots as our MIC Rugby and seconds Cricket coach.

On behalf of the College, I would like to wish Andrew Cleverley all the best as he leaves the College and moves into the role of Director of Sport at Cranbrook School.  Andrew has been a committed member of the Sports department for the past 11 years in the role of MIC Rugby and Senior Sportsmaster.  

This Week in Sport

We have a big week of sport ahead.  Boys will move into their full training schedules in preparation for home fixtures against Shore this weekend.

House Swimming Finals 

The House Swimming Finals will take place tomorrow night at North Sydney Olympic Pool.  The evening runs from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.  We are still looking for a few volunteers to help with timing.  If you would like to volunteer,please email our Acting Sportsmaster Ed White.

Boys with heavy training loads

As we move into the key preparation phase of training for this years Head of the River, the common questions about managing Academics, Co-curricular and Sport are sure to arise.

Sport should never be an excuse for boys to not complete homework.  One of the valuable lessons that we can teach boys through Sport is the importance of time management.  It is natural for boys to to feel tired during an intense phase of training. To counteract this, the Rowing Program is providing Academic Tutors at the shed each evening.  The boys are assisted with their homework and expected to keep up with all set work.  

If you feel that any boy in your class may be falling behind or may not be managing, please contact the Director of that particular Sport early so that we can intervene at the earliest possible time. 

Staff Wellbeing Program

Our Strength and Conditioning and Sports Science team have combined forces with our Staff Services and College Improvement Teams with the goal of improving staff Wellbeing and happiness.  We will be offering staff access to training in the following areas:

  • · Strength Training
  • · Mobility and Flexibility
  • · Mindfulness
  • · Aerobic Conditioning

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Old Boys

We are committed to building "Pathways" in Sport, helping boys achieve their goals now and in their future.  Many of you may not be aware that a number of boys compete at the highest level of their sport after they leave Scots.  We have a number of Old Boys currently competing in the NCAA and with professional clubs.

I will be taking the time each week to update you on where our boys have gone after leaving the College.  I would like to start by highlighting one of our recent graduates Matthew Scott.  Matthew left the College with the GPS record for the 800m, 3 consecutive Cross Country Premierships and an ATAR of 96.

This weekend, Matthew represented the Scots College Athletics Club at the Hunter Track Classic running the 4th fastest time in Australia over 800m this year (1.50.53).  Matthew will be moving to Melbourne this year to train with Peter Fortune, who coached Cathy Freeman to Olympic gold in 2000. Matthew competes this weekend at the NSW Junior Athletics Championship where he will attempt to be the first Scots Athlete to qualify for the Australian team.  He needs to run 1.49.80 to qualify!

Video of Matthew's race HERE

Thats a wrap for this week, thank you for your commitment to the Scots Sport community.  We are looking forward to a great week of Sport.

Kind Regards

Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

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