THE BACKPAGE Term 1 Week 4

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the definition of success is “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.” Winning is defined as: “To achieve victory in a fight, contest, game, etc.” 

These definitions of success and winning have never sat well with me when used in the context of school sport. A key element of success seems to be missing and I have always felt it more important to separate the two terms.

Sport is a powerful teaching tool and for many boys an area of their life where they learn the importance of the relationship between their attitudes and efforts and outcomes. 

It may be healthier to teach boys that success is something that happens as a consequence - the outcome or result - while winning is the act of obtaining something, as in a medal or winning a championship.

By teaching boys that success is not just about obtaining a medal or winning a championship and that how we go about the process of achieving these goals is as important as the outcome, we are afforded an incredible teaching opportunity.

In 2016 we developed a new structure and coaching model for Scots Rowing. The model is strongly focused on process and a consistency of technique and coaching methods across all age groups. I would like to congratulate our Year 8 Rowers on an outstanding performance on the weekend with 100 percent of boats finishing in the top three and 70 percent finishing in the top two. This is a remarkable increase from where we were last year at this competition with only 30 percent of boats in this age group in this position. With an outstanding model in place, it will be exciting to watch this program develop in coming years.

At Scots we are committed to providing the best learning opportunities for boys to develop through sport. Boys, I cannot guarantee that you will always win but commit to your training and I guarantee that you will be a success.

From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster


A select group of Athletes travelled this weekend to compete at the ACT championships in Canberra. Trent Lindstrom was impressive with a 10.95 run in the 100m. Congratulations to Jack Lee who qualified for his first NSW team in the 400m hurdles.


Well done to the 1sts and 2nds who had very close wins against Grammar. The 1sts won 57-56 and the 2nds won 47-45. The 13A, B, C and D teams all had good wins.


A really close game in the 1sts with Joeys just coming away with the win by four runs. Good bowling by Max Patterson (4/21) and Thomas Arms (3/7 off six overs)

The 2nds had a great win on the weekend getting the bonus of an outright win.

There was great bowling by Harrison Conyngham (3/22) and Mathew Buchanan with (3/15), with Tom Miller again starring with the bat, scoring 48.

Special mentions to Ryan Tomlin on figures of 5/3 in the 5th XI, and Jack Richie taking 4/18 in the 16As.

Table Tennis

Some really good matches in Table Tennis on the weekend, with the 1sts team coming close to a big upset against The King’s School.


Outstanding results in Tennis on the weekend as all Opens teams won, with the 1sts and 2nds finishing with the amazing scores of 12-0 and 12-0. This puts the 2nds team in a really strong position going into the remaining games in the GPS.


The 1sts had a big win, 16-6, against St Aloysius. Well done to the 13As team who beat Waverley 22-2.

Volleyball and Shooting were training, and the Rowers had a few out which caused a few boat changes. Well done to the 2nd IV who won on the weekend.

This weekend we play The King’s School in most fixtures.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster


An excellent start to the season with the Junior Prep teams performing exceptionally well against Knox and, likewise, the Opens against St Pius. Congratulations to Remy Davis-Warrington on his selection in the IPHSA Team.


It was great to finally get the season underway after some record temperatures across Sydney for Round 1. There were plenty of positive individual performances across all Prep Cricket teams as well as some nail biting team results!


The fleet enjoyed their first Saturday competition and was well led by George Calligeros, the captain of Sailing.


This Friday we host seven schools at our Scots Invitational Swimming Carnival and this is the Swim Team's first interschool event of the year.


CIS Tennis Success! - Finley Dyer has been selected to be part of the CIS Tennis squad for 2017. He goes in as the third ranked player! Well done, Finley and Scots Tennis.

Water Polo

The Prep Water Polo season has started well with all teams playing at home this week. The new Year 3 boys have especially made a positive start.

Week ahead: In Round 4 fixtures we play Riverview, Redlands and Newington.

From David Todd, Director of Athlete Development and Pathways

It has been exciting period for the Thinking Sportsman Pathway, as interviews continue to roll on, profiling both the athletic development needs, coupled with the academic tracking and goal setting for a student's senior year.

Students have significant demands on their time and energy in modern day schooling. It’s imperative as school leaders that we provide a framework to support students in their on- and off-field ambitions, whilst educating them on the best use of their time.

The Basketball Program welcomes a new coach to the program, Shane Heal. Shane is a former Olympian, NBA Player and NBL Championship Player. Shane currently is the lead Fox Sports NBL Commentator. Shane will make a significant contribution to the coaching staff, in particular as a former professional player at the highest of international levels.

Story of The Week - Jack Lee (Athletics)

Jack Lee joined The Scots College halfway through last year, in Year 10, from Sydney Boys Grammar. From day one he was committed to Athletics and turned up to every session and did what was asked of him. 

At the start of the Athletics season in Term 4, he ran his first ever 400m hurdles race at ES Marks in a time of 63.07. Jack noticed that the national qualifying time to represent NSW was 61.14 and set about achieving that goal. His commitment to training and effort in the sessions to obtain that goal have been fantastic.

Last weekend Jack travelled down to Canberra for one last chance to achieve the national qualifying standard. He was rewarded for all his efforts, when he ran a superb 59.08s in only his fourth ever 400m hurdles race.

We wish Jack the very best of luck when he represents NSW for the first time at the end of March. He deserves everything he has achieved, well done Jack.

Mr Matthew Williams
Director of Athletics and Cross Country.

That’s a wrap for this week. Looking forward to another great week of Scots Sport.

Scots to the fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport