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On behalf of the Sports Department, I would like to thank all Senior School Staff for making Thursday's house athletics carnival such a success. In particular, I would like to thank Tenzing Tsewang, the main organiser of the event, Phil Cooney and Val Zele for all of their hard work in communication and organisation of buses and Peter Young and the team of Housemasters for organising their boys on the day. My sincerest apologies for the late returning buses, this is the first whole Senior School Athletics event in years and we are still perfecting the timings for the day.

Saturday was a day of internal trials in the Senior School. Thank you to Tony Canning, Brian Smith and Claudia Brin for organising fair and productive days for the boys. Friday evening, was the AAGPS swimming carnival. Congratulations to Michelle Ferguson and our Swimmers for their efforts in the pool on Friday.

The Staff Wellbeing Program is still going strong. Don't forget to sign up again to join us this week. 

Thank you once again to everyone who has helped during the past week, inspiring excellence through sport in our boys.

Weekend Roundup
From Ed White, Acting Senior Sportsmaster
We were fortunate on Saturday to have great weather for our internal trials.  Tony and his team did a great job hosting a fantastic day at St.George oval. Our Rugby program under the guidance of Brian Smith has also swung into full gear with large numbers across all age groups. Claudia Brin has a great group of boys trialling for Volleyball and our Cross Country and Shooting teams kicked into full team mode ready to take on the GPS.

I would also like to highlight the performance of our Open boys 4x100m team, who were invited to compete at the prestigious Sydney Track Classic at SOPAC.  The team consisting of Angus Chadwick, Ryan, Jack Kerry and Dwayne Koroka raced well to finish second overall.
 
From Michelle Ferguson, MIC of Swimming
The final GPS Swimming Carnival was held last Friday night at SOPAC. With the fantastic support from the Year 11 spectators and staff, the Scots Swimming team continued to perform solidly in the water. Of particular note were the efforts of Joshua Stevens. Joshua, the 2016 team Captain, lead by example. He placed first in the 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle and had a podium finish in his other races. In fact all the Senior boys lifted and swam well, inspiring the junior boys on the night with many achieving PB's. The 6 x 50m All Age Freestyle relay team consisting of Thomas Unger, Louis Grossemy, Ilan Ronen, Hugo Podgornik, Jack Chenoweth and Joshua Stevens swam brilliantly to place third in the final event for the evening - a true indication of commitment and determination.

Members of our Rowing team competed throughout the week at the Australian Rowing Championships at SIRC. Congratulations to Robbie Williams and Kurtis Thomas for their efforts over the week.

From Robbie Williams, Director of Rowing
George Finlayson competed early in the week in the Men’s Under 19 Single Scull finishing 4th in the A final. He later joined members from Sydney Rowing Club, Corowa Rowing Club and Swan River (WA) in a Men’s Under 19 Quadruple Scull, claiming Gold and being crowned a National Champion. To finish the week, he raced in the School Boy Single Scull placing 3rd and winning the Bronze medal. Congratulations to George on a huge week at the Championships. 

Scots also proudly raced members from the 1st VIII - Matthew Grant, Campbell Moore, Flyn Kilby, Joe Skuse and James Lloyd in the School Boy Coxed Four. After a tough heat the boys improved with each race winning the repechage and a place in the A Final on Sunday. In some hard racing the crew moved into 2nd position through the 500m mark and with a blanket across the field coming through the 1500m mark the boys were unable to hang onto a medal finishing 5th overall. 

This was a similar race profile and result for the Year 10 VIII who competed in the School Boy Under 17 VIII again finishing 5th in the A Final. However, the highlight for these boys was racing against 1st VIII's on Saturday in the School Boy VIII 500m Sprint Championships, they defeated crews in the Heat to gain entry into the A final and in a dash for the line they finished 5th overall.

This Week in Sport

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

This week we have our IPSHA representatives competing at NSWCIS Swimming Carnival at SOPAC. Our Prep Open Rugby 7's compete on Wednesday in the Eastern Suburbs Division. On Wednesday our House Cross Country Championships for Year 2 - 6 will be at Queens Park. On Saturday our Prep Opens Rugby 7's will compete at the Easter 7's on the Main Oval. 

For all other Scots Students we have a sport free weekend this week.  I would like to take the opportunity to invite you to the Scots College Easter 7's. This is always a great event for the whole family.  We hope to see you there.

Old Boy News

Henry Kamp (2015) was a member of the Gold Medal winning NSW Under 21 VIII in the Interstate Regatta on Sunday afternoon. And, was crowned National Champion in the U21 Men’s Coxed 4 winning Gold earlier in the week. 

That's a wrap for this week. 

Graham Pattison

Director of Sport