THE BACKPAGE Term 1 Week 2

Welcome back to another year of Scots Sport and our first Back Page of the new year.  It is an exciting time to be part of Sport at Scots with the entire team of Directors and Coordinators focused on providing boys with the best development opportunities in their chosen sports. 

In 2017 you will be introduced to the new structure of Sport at Scots. The structure is designed to ensure that we have strong leaders and that we are focused on a cohesive Sport curriculum and the development of boys across all age groups and ability levels.

Scots Sport Structure 2017

Group 1 Sports - Basketball, Cricket, Rowing, Rugby, Tennis

Director - Responsible for the vision and direction of the Sport.

Prep Coordinator - Responsible for administration and curriculum of Prep Sport.

Junior Development Coordinator (JDC) - Responsible for administration and curriculum of Year 7 to 10 Sport.

Senior Coordinator - Responsible for administration of Year 11 to 12 Sport.


Group 2 Sports - Athletics, Water Polo 

Director - Responsible for the vision and direction of the Sport.

Prep Coordinator - Responsible for administration and curriculum of Prep Sport.

Coordinator - Responsible for the administration of Year 7 to 12 Sport.


Group 3 Sports - Cross Country, Sailing, Shooting, Snowsports, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball

Coordinator - Responsible for the administration of Year 7 to 12 Sport.

Prep Coordinator (Cross Country, Sailing, Snowsports, Swimming) - Responsible for administration and curriculum of Prep Sport.


Contact details for all coordinators can be found on Schoolbox HERE


Key Appointments for 2017 

I am pleased to announce a number of new staff members to the Sport team for 2017.  As Scots continues to grow it’s Sport development programs, we continue to attract some of the best professionals in the country.

Mr Maxim Grischenkov - Joins our Mind Body Heart team and will be implementing a biomechanics component as part of our four stage plan. Maxim is a former member of the Russian Athletics team and comes to us with experience working with athletes at Maribyrnong High School in Melbourne.

Mr John Quinn - John will be working in the Thinking Sportsman team with our newly appointed Director of Athlete Development and Pathways, Mr David Todd. It would be impossible for me to write a bio of John's entire background here. It is worth having a read HERE. Please make John feel a welcome part of our team.

Mr Lachlan Wylie - Joins our Mind Body Heart team with the responsibility of athlete testing and tracking. Lachlan looks forward to bringing sport testing and tracking into individual Sport programs.

Mr Kevin Brennan - Kevin has been appointed as the Housemaster of Aspinall House. Kevin comes to the College with an outstanding background in Rugby and will be a part of our PDHPE team.

Mr Matthew Williams - Matthew has been a key member of our Mind Body Heart team and an outstanding coach working with our 400m runners in Athletics. Congratulations to Matthew who takes on the role of Director of Athletics and Cross Country this year.

Mr Andrew Goldrick - We look forward to having Andrew as part of the Senior PDHPE and Sport team this year. Andrew takes on the role of Football Junior Development Coordinator and will be working in the Senior School on Mondays and Tuesdays.


New and Exciting for 2017

The Mind Body Heart Pathway program, now in it’s second year, was a huge success in 2017, doubling our gym attendance. The Pathway provides our boys with a training system unmatched anywhere. New to the program this year is the introduction of biomechanics training starting in Year 7. This is an essential step in the development of young athletes that will allow our boys to move with the proper mechanics and ultimately reach a higher level of performance.

The Thinking Sportsman program will make it’s debut this year under the direction of our Director of Athlete Development and Pathways, Mr David Todd. The program is designed to give boys looking to continue their sport career post Scots, both domestically and internationally, the assistance they need in achieving their goals.

We have an outstanding team of people leading are programs this year with a keen interest on the development of boys. We are all looking forward to another outstanding year of Scots Sport.

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways 

In coming weeks, there will be further announcements to Scots boys (Class of 2016) who are interested in committing to furthering their athletic and academic pursuits, both domestically and abroad post Scots.

Scots Sport is pleased to announce that two students from the Class of 2016 have committed to Universities in the USA for 2017. Parker Dale, 2016 Captain of Basketball and former Captain of Prep Basketball has committed to Grand Canyon University, Arizona (NCAA Division 1). Parker will be joining Old Boy Gerard Martin (‘13) in Phoenix later this year. NSW Representative, Brennan Rymer, has committed to the University of Alaska, Anchorage (NCAA Division 2), the same University Old Boys Steven White (‘08) and Kevin White (‘05) attended.

In other news, Mr John Quinn (Current Greater Western Sydney AFL High Performance Manager) has joined the sports team as a consultant with the Thinking Sportsmans program. Mr Quinn will assist in the physical development programs of our Senior athletes, whilst partnering with the Sports team in establishing more specific pathways for Scots boys once they have graduated.

Mr David Todd

Director of Athlete Development and Pathways


From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

A great start to 2017 with some fantastic results across all fixtures.


Well done to Tom Yassmin in the Shot Put who won the event by quite a large margin with a throw of 14.10 metres. Also well done to Trent Lindstrom who ran a PB in the 200m, beating his best time by some two seconds with a time of 22.69 seconds. Maddison Weekes in the 1500m ran a very fast 4:11. 


Well done to the 1sts and 2nds on the weekend with victories in both. The 1sts won 90 to 57 and the 2nds won 52 to 40. The 3rds also had a good win, 32 to 20. The 2nds are on top of the GPS table, tied with Riverview.


Well done to the 1sts and 2nds who had good victories on the weekend leaving them both on top of the GPS competition. The 1sts batted first scoring 220 with Zack Hersov (60), Ryan O’Beirne (43) starring. Sydney Boys High were bowled out for 142.

The 2nds got the outright victory with Scots batting first and scoring 189, with Tom Miller (67) and Mitchell Sciberas (33) leading with the bat. In reply, SBH were all out for 68 thanks to great bowling from Tom Griffin 5/8 and Harrison Conyngham 3/6.

Other notable scores on the weekend:

3rd XI - Ripley Atkinson 69

U16As - Henry Wilkinson Gill 5/12

U14As - Oliver White 58*

U14Bs - Rory Dalton 82*

Shooting and Volleyball

Our shooters were at Malabar getting ready for the GPS competition and our Volleyball team were in the Gym training.

This week we host St Josephs College. We look forward to seeing the new Year 7 students play their first fixture vs another school.


We played Sydney Boys High in Tennis on the weekend. Scots had 12 wins, seven losses and one draw. Great results in the 1sts and 2nds with them both winning 6 to 3.


They had training in the Scots pool and are looking good for the rest of the GPS season.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Sport Trials were conducted in Week 1 in preparation for first round fixtures commencing on Saturday 11 February. Round One Fixtures are primarily against Waverley, Cranbrook and Newington. We also had Swim Trials in Week 1 to seed boys for the House Swimming Carnival at Des Renford Aquatic Centre on Wednesday 8 February. Good luck to Finley Dyer (Year 5) and Daniel Jensen (Year 6) who will be trialling for the IPHSA Tennis team this week. Summer Sport Additional Skills sessions commence this week. Scots Sport Extra Activities (SEA) commence next week.

Story of the Week

Congratulations to Year 12 student Thomas Yassmin who competed on Friday at the NSW Athletics Championships in the Shot Put. Thomas, throwing the Shot Put for the first time since placing second in the Open event at last year’s AAGPS Athletics Championships won the Under 20 competition with his first throw of 14.10m. Thomas led an outstanding team of athletes over the weekend and will join a record 17 boys as part of the NSW Athletics team that competes at the National Athletics Championships in March.  

That’s a wrap for this week. Looking forward to a great week of training and competing.

Scots to the fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport