THE BACKPAGE Term 1 Week 3

Sir Edmund Hillary said “You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”

I had the opportunity to speak to our new Year 7 boys and parents this week. It was great to have the opportunity to speak about the highlight of my start to 2017. On the first day of classes, I walked into our gym to be met very enthusiastically by five slightly nervous and enthusiastic boys.

The development of our Mind Body Heart Pathway, and the opportunity it gives all of our boys regardless of age or level of sport, is unique to us here at Scots and allows us to challenge all boys and give them the opportunity to commit to a high level training program.

By the end of the first full week of classes we had more than 60 Year 7 boys attend the gym on a single day. Never have we seen this level of commitment so early from a Year 7 group.

Our Sport department is fully committed to providing our boys with the best development programs of any school anywhere. It has been exciting to witness our first interview for the new Thinking Sportsman Pathway, a program designed to support and challenge boys who are serious about taking their sport careers to the next level upon graduating from Scots.

Parents and boys, the challenge I have for you is to set yourself a goal. As Hillary said,  you don’t need to be a hero or anything special to do amazing things. Set a high goal and commit to our programs and you will be amazed at how far you will go. 

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Due to a huge heatwave that hit Sydney this past weekend, most of the GPS Sport was cancelled. Even 1st and 2nd GPS teams didn't play on the weekend.

1sts and 2nds Cricket will play a one day game this week vs Joeys, 1sts and 2nds Basketball will play a catch up game, 1sts and 2nds Tennis share the points with the other schools and Waterpolo will play a catch up game.

Rowing crews still raced on Saturday even with the heat. Well done to the Year 10 VIII on a good win. The crews out at Penrith didn't get the results they were after but it was a day for indoors as the mercury reached 46 degrees at Penrith.

Congratulations to the Athletics boys who competed at SOPAC. Our distance runners all had good performances.

This week we play St Joseph’s and Sydney Grammar.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

On Wednesday 8 February we conducted our House Swimming Carnival at the College Pool due to wet weather. The carnival went well with Edyvean emerging as House Champions for 2017. The Swim team for 2017 is: Conrad Blackwell-Smith, Thomas Ellison, Charlie Hatton, Michael Jenkins, Edward Johnstone, Harry Kyle, Oscar Levy, Angus McKenzie, Lucas Mitchelmore, Felix Pal, Jake Scotts, Will Sork, Harper Stewart, Archie Taylor, Joshua Taylor (Captain), William Twomey, Charles Ulcoq, Ben Wilsmore, and Tom Wilsmore.

Congratulations to the Captains of the Summer Sports who will lead their Sports for 2017:

  • Basketball – Remy Davis Warrington;

  • Cricket – Hudson Weir;

  • Sailing – George Calligeros;

  • Swimming – Joshua Taylor;

  • Tennis – Nicholas O’Dea;

  • Water Polo – Harper Stewart

Congratulations to Fin Dyer on his selection in the IPSHA Tennis team.

Good luck to Remy David-Warrington and Will Robson who will attend the IPSHA Basketball trials on Thursday.

This week in Round 2 fixtures we play St Pius, St Patrick’s and Knox. 

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways

The Thinking Sportsman Pathway has commenced its initial phase of interviews with students who were recommended by their Sports Directors. It’s an exciting process, building academic, athletic and wellbeing profiles, and building a plan for future pathway development.

It’s essential that students feel supported and encouraged during, what can be, exhaustive Senior years of study and demanding training schedules. This program will work closely with Housemasters and Head of Departments in the ongoing tracking and welfare of each of the students.

In Basketball news, congratulations to Ted Ferguson who was selected in the NSW U18 Team for the U18 National Championships in the Term 1 holidays. 

Story of The Week - Fin Dyer (Tennis)

Last week Finley Dyer (Year 5) represented The Scots College at the 2017 CIS Primary Tennis Trails. Against mainly Year 6 players, Finley demonstrated great sportsmanship and play to gain selection into the CIS Primary teams as the second ranked player (best result ever from a Scots player)

That's a wrap for this week!