The Backpage Term 3 Week 7

The quote that always runs through my mind while planning for sport is Muhammad Ali’s “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses…in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” Last week I sent out information about a number of key changes to the way that we are operating in sport.  This moves us away from the traditional model of sport in a GPS model, allowing us to align our philosophy of long-term “whole-of-boy” development with a number of key national sporting bodies.

Some of the key debates in youth sport are centered on the age-appropriateness of certain activities, types of training, single sport focus and focus on development vs. performance and competition.

Breaking down our sport leadership structure into key development ages - with very specific sport philosophy’s for each age group – allows us to ensure that we are providing the best opportunities for our boys to reach their full potential.

Sport Leadership at Scots

Prep Coordinator (T-6) – Discovery to Skill Acquisition

Responsible for curriculum, coordination of coaches, communication and operations. The prep coordinator works closely with the sports director and prep sport leadership team.

Junior Development Coordinator (7-10) Skill Acquisition to Physical and Mental Development to Competition

Responsible for curriculum, coordination of coaches, communication and operations. The junior development coordinator works closely with the sports director and senior sport leadership team.

Senior Coordinator (11+12) Physical and Mental Development to Competition to Performance

Responsible for the pastoral care of the boys in the senior program.

Sport Director (T-12)

Responsible for the direction, philosophy, curriculum and operations of a College sport pathway.

I would like to congratulate Andy Kovari and Clive Tanner on another successful NSW Interschools Snowsports Championship with both the Prep and Senior Teams winning the state title.  The team now move into final preparation for the upcoming National Championships.

Congratulations as well to Andrew Goldrick who has led our Prep Athletics team to another successful IPSHAA championships with an impressive 13 individual athletes and two relay teams qualifying for the CIS championships.

Good luck to our senior athletics team who are away this weekend at our GPS team camp as they prepare for the upcoming AAGPS Championships.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend Scots hosted the athletics carnival out at ES Marks. The weather was perfect and the day ran very smoothly. GPS schools Kings, St Joseph’s and St Ignatius joined Cranbrook, Chevalier, St Andrews and a few other girl schools athletes attending as well.

Scots had a big team present and some really good results across all age groups. This weekend the Athletics team heads off to Narrabeen for its annual training camp. This camp is the cornerstone of the Scots GPS Athletics campaign.

All other sports are busy preparing for Term 4 when the GPS trials will start.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

It was a great opportunity for our boys to host The Southport School. This culmiated with rugby and football fixtures between the schools. Both of our teams played well and with both our teams winning we retain the TSS/TSC Tour Shield for another year. This week we finish with House AFL competition before returning to summer sports practice next week.


NSWPSSA Rugby Carnival

Last week two members of the Prep 1st XV in Charlie Dixon and Finnlay Bartlett took part in the NSWPSSA Rugby Carnival as part of the CIS team. After 4 very tough victories the CIS team found themselves in the final against a very formidable Sydney West side, finding themselves 19-0 down at halftime the CIS side managed to lift in the second half to end up winning 24-19 and be crowned State Champions for 2017.

Both Charlie and Finnlay played crucial roles in the team's performances across the Carnival with Charlie being rewarded for his performances with selection in the NSW team to compete at the National Championships during the upcoming holidays.

Mr James Bruce

Preparatory Rugby Coordinator


2017 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships TSC Teams

TSC Preparatory School teams have been finalised for the 2017 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships to be held next week at Mt Buller in Victoria (details below).

Congratulations and good luck to the boys that have qualified for the National Championships. 

2017 TSCSA Nationals Hoodies Presentation

Tuesday 5th September


ABOM Bistro, Mt Buller

Snowsports Races - On-Snow Preparation

The Scots College recommends that all students have at least one day of on-snow preparation prior to participating in Snowsports races.

Parent/Guardian On-Snow Supervision

On-snow supervision and care of TSC Preparatory School Snowsports Team members is the responsibility of each athlete's respective parent(s)/guardian(s) at all times on race and event days.

2017 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships Dates: Mt Buller (Victoria)

Monday 4 September: Training

Tuesday 5 September: Training

Wednesday 6 September: Interschools: Cross-Country (Div 4, 5)

Thursday 7 September: Interschools: Snowboard GS & Snowboard Cross (Div 4, 5)

Friday 8 September: Interschools: Alpine GS (Div 6), Ski Cross (Div 4)

Saturday 9 September: Interschools: Alpine GS (Div 5), Moguls (Div 4)

Sunday 10 September: Interschools: Alpine GS (Div 4)

Mr Clive Tanner

Preparatory Snowsports Coordinator

From Daniel Markham, Director of The Mind Body Heart Pathway & Head of PDHPE

The Mind Body Heart reports have been released and in order to capitalise on the program, I would highly recommend completing the MBH goal setting survey. This survey helps students identify areas of strength and weakness in their personal profile as well as create a plan to make progress. Identifying goals and creating an action plan are critical components to improvement. Goal setting surveys can be found on the MBH schoolbox page.

The MBH team are also excited to announce the next installment of the Performance Series workshops. This seminar will be focused on Performance nutrition and cover the following content areas:

  • Role of Macro & Micronutrients

  • Nutritional goal categories: Increasing lean muscle, Losing Body fat & Weight maintenance

  • Strategies to achieve nutritional goals

  • Performance hydration protocols

  • Supplements: Myth vs Fact

This seminar is a must for all aspiring athletes and will increase knowledge and upskill athletes to better prepare for performance outcomes. The seminar will be run as follows:

WHEN: Friday 15th of September (Week 9) 3.30pm-4.45pm

WHERE: Coote Theatre

WHO: All senior students years 7-12

WHAT TO BRING: Note pad (Questions you may have about nutrition)

Finally please make sure you have downloaded the Mind Body Heart Pathway App and or created a user profile. This is essential for booking into all MBH sessions and performance series workshops. If you are experiencing any difficulty with this please come and see one of the MBH team.

Story of The Week - The Scots College 2017 NSW Interschools Snowsports Champion School

2017 NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships

Congratulations to the Scots Preparatory School athletes who represented The College at the 2017 NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships last week in Perisher. The team retained the NSW Interschools Snowsports Champion Primary School trophy against some very strong opposition. Congratulations also to our Senior School Snowsports team for winning the NSW Champion Secondary School trophy. Thank you to all of the parents who assisted athletes and staff during the Championship events. Thank you also to Mr Spencer and Mr Wilsmore for their assistance with the boys during the Championships.

Congratulations to the following TSC Preparatory School teams that achieved podium results at the 2017 NSW Interschools Championships:

Div 4A Cross-Country Freestyle 1st  (Julian Podgornik, Phoenix Johnston, Oscar Hallis)

Div 5A Cross-Country Freestyle 2nd(Edward Johnstone, Robert Jones-Hennessy Angus McKenzie)

Div 4A Cross-Country Relay    1st    (Julian Podgornik, Oscar Hallis, Phoenix Johnston)

Div 5A Cross-Country Relay    2nd   (Edward Johnstone, Angus McKenzie, Robert Jones-Hennessy)

Div 4A Snowboard GS        2nd   (Phoenix Johnston, Michael Jenkins, Julian Podgornik)

Div 4A Snowboard Cross     2nd   (Phoenix Johnston, Michael Jenkins, Julian Podgornik)

Div 4A Skier Cross              3rd    (Oscar Hallis, Julian Podgornik, Harper Stewart)

Div 4A Alpine GS                2nd   (Ruben Mead, Jack Walker, Julian Podgornik, Oscar Hallis)

Special congratulations to the following boys who achieved individual placings in their respective NSW Championships events:

Div 4 Snowboard GS           2nd   Phoenix Johnston

Div 4A Cross-Country Freestyle 2ndJulian Podgornik

Div 4 Snowboard Cross       3rd    Phoenix Johnston



Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport