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The Scots College exists to inspire boys to learn, lead and serve as they strive for "excellence" together.

One of my favourite debates in Sport is the difference between "excellence" and "winning". We can all think of examples, like Lance Armstrong for example, where someone has won but we can hardly define them or their performance as excellent.

Aristotle said "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." I tend to agree with this viewpoint of excellence, winning is more about our repeated daily habits than just the total points on the board on the weekend.   

At Scots, Sport is an integrated learning pathway. Sport can be used as a powerful tool to teach boys that the habits they develop in training will ultimately lead to success on the sporting field. It is no surprise then, that more often than not, our top Athletes also perform well in the classroom, taking the habits that they have learned in Sport and applying them to their study. 

Weekend Roundup

It was a great weekend of Sport with boys in action across our Prep and Senior programs.  I would like to thank Brent Wilsmore and his team in the Prep School for hosting an outstanding swimming carnival on Wednesday at Des Renford pool in Maroubra.

I would also like to highlight the outstanding performance by George Finlayson, placing second at the NSW Rowing Championships on Saturday.

From, Kurtis Thomas, Opens Rowing coach 

On Friday 11 February, George Finlayson competed in the NSW State Champs in the Mens Under 19 Single Scull. In a new boat and having never competed in the class before, George had an exceptional Heat. After a slow start, George came through the field to finish 1st in his Heat. 

The final was held on Saturday morning. Starting well, George maintained a good position, but was not able to hold a quick finishing West Australian Sculler. Finishing in 2nd Place, George will now compete at the Australian Rowing Championships at the end of March, where he is sure to be one of the favourites. 

From Ed White, Acting Senior Sportsmaster

What an exciting weekend of Sport. The sun was shining and we were playing Riverview in most sports. In cricket, we were playing Shore in the last day of the 2 day games. Three highlights for the College during the weekend were Max Bonic bowling beautifully taking 6/20 off 12 overs in the 2nds Cricket. Max has really worked hard on his cricket and this was a great reward for time spent in the nets. On the ground next to the main, Shahan Simmetamby bowled very well, taking 6/15 in the 14A's.  Also Zack Hersov scoring his first century for the 1st X1. Not only was it a century but a big one. Finishing on 150*.  Basketball had a great weekend with solid wins in the First and Seconds and Waterpolo also had exciting wins across all age groups.  The 2nds Tennis also had a great weekend defeating Riverview and keeping their hopes of a premiership alive.

Coming up this weekend we will be playing Kings in most Sports at Scots. Please join us and cheer on the 1sts Basketball in the Lions Den, 1sts Cricket on the Main Oval and the 1sts Tennis at Macintyre Courts.The most exciting matches this weekend are in the Waterpolo competition where we are playing Newington at Newington pool. The 1sts, 2nds and 16As are in the contention for a premiership this year, so we wish them luck in the pool.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Prep Sport Round 2 - in the Prep last weekend, there was some great progress across the Sports and grades. In particular all of our A teams in all Sports recorded excellent wins.

The House Swim Carnival went well last Wednesday at the Des Renford Pool, with the most entries on record. A very strong Swim Team was selected and they started training three mornings per week. The first carnival is our Invitational at the College Pool this Friday 19 February.

This Week in Sport

We are looking forward to a great weekend of sport with most of our Senior teams playing against Kings.  Our Water Polo players have matches that will define their season against Newington in their home pool and our Rowers continue with their final preparations for the upcoming head of the River.

The expectation for all senior boys at the College is to be involved in a minimum of a summer sport and a winter sport each year.  If they are selected, they are expected to compete as part of the Scots team in Swimming and Athletics.

All boys are expected to be involved in a minimum of one training session and one fixture each week. Can staff please be diligent in sending this as the message to our tutor groups.  

If you have any concerns that a boy is struggling with their academic, co-curricular and sporting requirements, please contact me so that we can be proactive in helping our boys to achieve "excellence" in all areas.

Old Boy News

From the Newcastle Times:

Taking on World in True Scots Fashion

SHINING LIGHT: Henry Kamp, pictured far right with his Australian teammates at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Brazil, 2015, has been accepted to Yale.

Staff Wellbeing Program

Final Preparations are being put in place as we speak.  More info coming soon....

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

Kind regards

Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

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