THE BACKPAGE #29

Our sports team had the opportunity this week to spend a morning in a workshop learning from Leeroy Gray, Usain Bolt’s strength coach.  Leeroy is part of the Racer’s Track Club in Jamaica and works alongside Glen Mills, Jamaica’s national sprint coach.  He has that opportunity to work with Bolt from the time he was a teenage and was able to give us some invaluable insight into Usain’s development and the Jamaican training program.  As part of the morning each sport’s director had the opportunity to present and discuss the training program that they are currently using with our boys.  Gray’s insight and advice was outstanding and left our team keen to incorporate some of his ideas into the Scots program.

At Scots we are committed to providing the best sport development programs for our students. As part of our development program it is essential that we have a clearly communicated team selection policy for each of our sports.  It is essential for the motivation of boys that they see that their commitment and hard work is being recognised and rewarded fairly.  At the start of this term I outlined our strategy to ensure a fairness of process across all sports and made the promise that selection dates and policies would be published on Schoolbox.  I also outlined our team strategy in selection of players and have been fortunate enough to sit in on all of our sports selection panels and have been impressed by the level of professionalism and detail displayed by our sport staff in making selections.

Good luck to our Tennis team who are currently competing at the Australian Championships and to our senior basketball teams competing this Saturday at the Rashke and Yeend Shields.  And to all of our boys across all age groups, we look forward to another great weekend of Scots Sport.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr. Graham Pattison, Director of Sport

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Unfortunately rain on Friday night and Saturday morning put a stop to a lot of fixtures on Saturday.

Cancellations to all Tennis except for the 1sts and 2nds. Well done to both teams who both won 11-1.

Cricket results were mixed across the school. 1sts fought back to have a close win. Well done to Tom Scribner 22* guiding the last wicket to victory. 2nds had a great outright win with James Clemesha scoring a fantastic 118. Also well done to Jack Willis 65 and Will Harris 37*. Tom Griffin having the figures of 5/23 in SGS 2nds innings.

Opens Basketball again were terrific with the top 4 teams all having good wins vs Grammar. The firsts winning 77-68 as well as the 14A's 34-25.

Good Rowing results out at SIRC with the 1st VII finishing 4th and the 2nd VIII 3rd. With all the fours finishing in the top 4 places in the GPS competition.

No Shooting as Malabar was shut down due to renovations. Both Volleyball and Table Tennis had some tough results with Barker dominating the Volleyball and Kings winning all the table Tennis.

This weekend we are up against SBHS and Newington.

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways

The Thinking Sportsman is a philosophy that encompasses the Student Athlete's pathway at Scots. The Scots Sport Team are reviewing and establishing a culture of academic, pastoral and athletic excellence. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently published the average allocation of a students time, while competing in varsity sports. In a typical year, students will divide their school/study time into 30% Class, 25% Sports Practice, 10% Physical Preparation Training, 11% Competitions, 15% Homework, 5% Tests. Whilst, such allocations of time may vary for each Scots Boy, the importance of sound planning academically and athletically is vital in the overall performance and student well being moving forward.

The Thinking Sportsman's Pathway will be a feature program in 2017. It will service a framework of physical preparation and planning for Sportsman with significant training loads across all sports, whilst advancing their academic ambitions. Another primary objective of the Pathway is to identify Graduate opportunities throughout the process. 
 
From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Prep Sport in Rd11 was cancelled except for the internal water polo. IPSHA sport competition concludes this week with Rd12 games against Waverley, Knox and Cranbrook. This will be a great test for a number of teams that remain undefeated.
 
This week during sports practice we will be running our House Sport Competition. We will also welcome Trinity from Melbourne who we are hosting as part of our bi-annual summer sports tour. This will concludeon Monday with games between our firsts teams on the Main, Lions Den, McIntyre and College Pool.
 
The Week Ahead 

With good weather on forecast, wee look forward to a great week of sport.
That's a wrap for this week.  Scots to the Fore!
 
Graham Pattison
Director of Sport