Last year, I presented my vision for the future of Sport at a Professional Development Day.  In that vision, I spoke about the significance of the relationship between a boy and his sports coach and how important it is for the culture of school sport to have teachers as coaches working with teams. 

Having a vision is great but putting this into practice is were you see the impact.  I would like to highlight the philosophy and action of Brian Smith, our Director of Rugby, in ensuring that more teachers are working with teams this season.  Brian has increased the number of teacher coaches by 20% and has assigned a number of other key roles within the program to teaching staff. 

"Scots Teachers will play a pivotal role in the Rugby Program in 2016 with each age group managed by one of our talented Teacher Coaches.  These key Teacher Coaches will be supported by Assistant Coaches (professionals), Old Boys and a Coordinator to ensure each age group receives the very best coaching"

-Brian Smith 

Thank you to all the teachers getting involved in coaching.  If you have specific goals as a coach and we can support you with Professional Development, please speak to either the Director/MIC of your sport or myself.

It's great to see so many staff involved in the first week of the Staff Wellbeing Program.  The program is now fully up and running. Don't forget to sign up again to join us this week. 

Weekend Roundup

From Ed White - Acting Senior Sportsmaster

We had some outstanding results this weekend.

Tennis is growing from strength to strength with only 2 losses across the 22 fixtures. The Opens teams won all games, highlighted by an impressive 12-0 win by the 2nds who are in with a chance of a Premiership in the GPS 2nds competition. 

Our 2nds basketball had an outstanding win against Joey's putting themselves in a position to go after a Premiership this weekend. Junior basketball was outstanding with 80% wins.  A highlight of the day was the 49-19 win by the 14b's with a great performance by Walker Emerson.

Both the 1sts and 2nds cricket had great days. The 1sts setting a very quick fire 9/256 leaving Kings 202. Scots then bowled Kings out for 86 to complete the win. The 2nds were in all sorts of trouble at 6/39 chasing 213 out at Kings. Then a 100 run partnership between Angus McGrath 75 and Henry Hickson 39 put Scots in with a chance. The final pairing of Charles Hooke and Max Bonic scoring 48 for a remarkable victory. Some other highlights were James Clemesha taking 5/36 in the 16A's and Richard Lowery taking 5/45 in the 15A's.

Congratulations to Gary Faulkner in leading our sailing team to victory at our home regatta at Woollahra Sailing Club.

From Brent Wilsmore - Prep Sportsmaster

It was great to see the improvement in skill development in our teams this weekend. This is particularly evident in our lower teams. We are utilising an online learning platform for training that allows coaches to see the sessions that have been designed by our MIC. This ensures a consistent approach to skill development.  It also enables the coach and students to observe video of the drills and skills and enables the coach to provide online video analysis for individual students. The quality of our training sessions and the commitment of the boys to these sessions as well as the additional skills morning sessions has been excellent and is showing in their weekend performances.

This week our Swim Team have their major meet the IPSHA Carnival at SOPAC on Wednesday 2 March.

This Week in Sport

As the Senior School moves into the final round of Summer Sport we have a number of pivotal games being played this weekend.  Our 1sts cricket sitting second overall in the table need a win this weekend against High to remain in contention for the Premiership. 2nds basketball are in a position where they need a win for the Premiership and 2nds tennis who have been gaining momentum all season are still in running for a Premiership.

Our rowers are now in their final preparations for the Head of the River.  They will be competing this Saturday at the Scots Regatta.  The boys are working hard in training to represent our College with pride.  Anything that you can do to help support these boys over the next two weeks is very much appreciated.

Old Boy News

Horwitz Scores in Waratahs Debut

That's a wrap, looking forward to another great week of Scots Sport.

Kind Regards

Graham Pattison
Director of Sport