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It was a great weekend of sport with our Prep School back in action and our Year 7's now up and running.  Thank you to Michelle Ferguson and her team, who ran an outstanding House Swimming Championship on Tuesday evening at North Sydney Olympic Pool.

Weekend Roundup

Last week, I highlighted the fact that our focus in Sport is on building integrated pathways for boys to develop character for now and in the future. Sport is a powerful tool for teaching boys that they are in control of their environment and that the work ethic they display in training ultimately leads to improvements and success.

In saying this, I would like to highlight the outstanding work by Ryan Fowler and his team in the Tennis program.  Ryan has developed a "team culture" in what is traditionally seen as an "individual sport".  He has challenged boys to work harder and to dedicate themselves through the off season and holidays.  As a result, the tennis program nearly went undefeated from prep through to Opens this weekend.  The highlight being an outstanding performance by Christian Della-Cioppa holding his composure to win against Shores number 1, leading both the Opens team to a strong win.

In the Prep School, the boys were in fine form with a number of outstanding performances across the board.  The highlight being a strong performance in Cricket against Knox.

Our Senior Water Polo program took on Trinity at their pool.  With wins across the entire program and an outstanding victory from the Open boys, the Water Polo team is looking to be the team to beat this season.

We had a number of boys competing this weekend at the NSW Athletics Championship. We had some outstanding performances, with boys qualifying to compete at the National Championships in Perth later this term.  Billy Ryan displayed the grit that has defined Athletics and Cross Country at Scots with the top performance over the weekend in the 800m.  Billy has been sidelined over the past two years with a dislocated hip and fractured radius.  Billy has only returned to training over the last 4 weeks after taking a 6 week break having pins removed from his arm.  Billy's performance this weekend puts him amongst the top performers in the country.  

Finally, we should all feel proud of a Scots community moment that occurred this weekend at the Cole Classic in Manly. A group of Scots boys from the swimming team, a few parents and Kim Hasko the Scots swimming coach swam the Cole Classic together from Shelly Beach to Manly Beach. Not an easy feat, especially for Kim of course. It was incredibly inspirational for the boys, the parents and in fact the whole crowd at Manly to see Kim do the swim. She got a huge round of applause from the crowd as she came out of the water at Manly and made her way on her crutches up the sand and across the finish line. She was interviewed over the PA system with the boys surrounding her and then again on TV. She mentioned several times “I wouldn’t have made it without my Scots boys.” A fantastic example of determination and just participating and simply finishing. Importantly, they also raised money for a great cause - beach wheel chairs for the disabled.

This Week in Sport

We have a great week of sport ahead, with most of our teams playing away at Riverview.  Our opens cricket are in a strong position sitting on 3 for 135, chasing 198 against Shore leading into the second weekend.

Our Rowers once again have a big week of training.  With only 4 weeks remaining to the Head of the River, please keep an eye on these boys as they may be a little more tired than usual.  As I mentioned last week,  this should not be an excuse for not doing set work.

We are looking forward to a great Prep Swimming Carnival this week at Des Renford pool in Maroubra.  Thank you in advance to Brent Wilsmore and his team for their work on this.

Old Boy News 

Congratulations to Old Boy Max Hendrie who has scored a full scholarship in American Football at the University of Hawaii. The article below, which appeared on Foxsports, can be accessed via the link below. 

College Football Sydney Cup: Max Hendrie scores scholarship to top US school

Staff Wellbeing Program 

Work on this is still underway. We hope to communicate more information on the program in the near future. Watch this space. 

That's a wrap for this week.  Looking forward to another great week of sport at Scots. 

Kind Regards

Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

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