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Silken Laumann is the most famous rower in Canadian history. Two months prior to the start of the 1992 summer Olympics she was involved in a crash with another boat that tore her quadriceps muscle from her leg. As clear favourite to win the gold medal in single skulls she made a heroic decision to postpone surgery and compete at the Olympics using just one leg. Silken won the bronze medal at that Olympics and then, following five surgeries and two years off the sport she went on to win the silver at the 1996 games.

The lead up to the Head of the River (HOR) for Scots Rowing was anything but smooth. The team crashed a boat in New Zealand and dealt with constant team changes due to sickness and injury. 

At Scots, Sport is an integrated learning pathway designed to activate character in every Scots boy, for now and in his future. 

Although no one had to row on a single leg, our boys should be commended for the outstanding resilience they have shown in overcoming adversity throughout the season and the courage they demonstrated in the way they competed on the day.  I am especially proud of the way our boys raced, going out hard from the start, hunting for the win, taking on the rest of the GPS.

Scots to the Fore!

It's been great to see so many staff involved in this program. There has been an impressive uptake so far. Don't forget to sign up again to join us this week. 

Weekend Roundup

From Ed White, Acting Senior Sportsmaster

Congratulations to all of our Rowers this week for their performance at the Head of the River.

I would also like to highlight the performance of the Athletes competing at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Perth.  Darcy Clifton won the bronze medal in the discus throw.  An outstanding achievement against the rest of the country. 

We now move into internal trials for the winter season.  Could I please remind staff that it is an expectation as coach or manager of any team in the school that you remind the boys to wear their Scots sports uniform at every training session.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

In round six many of our Prep boys were able to play on the Senior School venues and thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity. This was the last round of Summer Sport for Term 1 with Rounds 7-12 continuing in Term 4. Last week, a number of boys trialled for the NSWCIS AFL team and two of our boys were selected to represent at the NSWPSSA Championships. This week, we have our House Cross Country Carnival at Queens Park for all boys in Years 2-6. Winter Sport trials and practice commences next week for Years 3-6.


This Week in Sport

We now move fully into the winter sport season. This weekend is our internal trials weekend.  All boys should now be trialling for their chosen sports. 

House Athletics -  The House Athletics carnival takes place on Thursday throughout the day at Sydney Olympic Park.  This year sees a new format with involvement for all boys in the College.  We look forward to a great Competition.

AAGPS Swimming -  The AAGPS swimming finals takes place on Friday evening.  Good luck to Michelle Ferguson and all of the Scots boys competing.  

That's a wrap. 

Kind Regards

Graham Pattison
Director of Sport