The Backpage Term 3 Week 9

It was an exceptional Principal’s assembly this week. One that introduced this year’s AAGPS Athletics team, honoured those year 12 boys who have predicted ATARS greater than 95 and congratulated our year 12 leavers and student leadership team on the exceptional year that they have had.

There were a number of moving speeches, with all of them touching in different ways on the same theme – service leadership.

High School sport is a unique experience in that it has a definite start and a definite end. All boys, have a limited period of time to make the most of their experiences and at Scots we have the advantage of being provided with every possible opportunity to succeed. Our Captain of Athletics, Madison Weekes, spoke of the importance of competing as a team for his College. Throughout life, you can always get involved in sport on various levels and in recent times many of our boys have left Scots to do great things, but, you only get a few chances to represent your College.

I would like to thank all of the year 12 boys who will be leaving us this week for their outstanding contribution to Scots Sport. This is a group of boys who have bought into the idea of representing something greater than themselves, and as a result have come together to produce one of the most successful years of sport in College history.

Last week our College Snowsports team under the guidance of our long-standing director of Snowsports, Mr. Andy Kovari won their 10th consecutive national title a feat that may never be equaled.

As our Athletics team completes their final preparation for this week’s AAGPS Athletics carnival, I would like to thank all boys who have been a part of the athletics team this season for helping to create the training environment required for great results on the track. For those boys who have the honour of representing us this Saturday, compete with the confidence that you have an entire College community behind you, believe in the magic of the day and you will be met with great success.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport

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From Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

This weekend our GPS athletics team competes out at Sydney Olympic Park. The last few years we have finished 2nd overall to Kings. This years team has worked very hard in its preparation for the carnival. We wish every athlete the best of luck as they look to do their personal best on Saturday and represent the College.

Next Monday and Tuesday we have Mind, Body, Heart testing for years 7-10 during their timetabled sports periods. This is a good opportunity to see where the boys are at both physically and mentally. Boys are asked to bring their PE gear and runners to school for their testing.

Next week will be the last week before holidays. Have a great holiday and come ready for Summer Sport to officially start in Term 4.

From Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Summer sports practice has commenced and we are fortunate to have an exceptional line up of coaches. This includes: level 3 coaches, National coaches, NSWCIS coaches; Coaches who have played at National and International level and Old Boys who have come through our athlete pathway and understand the culture that we have for sport at Scots. These practice sessions are the critical time when we focus on the development of skills. This is where we have a high coaching to athlete ratio so that we can provide feedback at this time that is critical to the development of skills. We encourage boys to make the most of these development opportunities including: Additional Skills (mornings), SEA Sports and Holiday Clinics.

Our Snowsports team return from the Nationals in Bulla after the heaviest snow falls for decades and with it some of the most challenging weather conditions. I am very pleased to reflect on the tremendous character of our boys, who represented the College with distinction. Amongst the many other schools in attendance, Scots set the benchmark other schools strive for in terms of our professionalism. After finishing second overall in Australia (an amazing achievement), this can feel disappointing after having such high expectations and after many years of finishing first. This however creates an excellent challenge to see how we can further develop to win back the title of National Champions next year.

This week we also have the largest number of boys attending the NSWCIS Athletics Championships at SOPAC. Amongst the many individuals we also have our Junior and Senior 4 x 100m Relay teams competing, all with a great chance of progressing through to the NSWPSSA Championships.

On Saturday we are hosting a number of Schools First Teams in the Annual Scots Hoops Invitational with Scots going for their 3rd successive title.

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

The annual GPS athletics carnival has finally arrived for 2017. This is a tremendous showcase event of pure athleticism and a wonderful opportunity for our boys to put all their hard work on display. It has been inspiring to see the number of students regularly attending and training hard in the MBH sessions, with some of the speed sessions virtually reaching capacity! I wish all the athletes representing our college the best of luck but would also like to remind them that ‘the harder you work, the luckier you get’!

As we approach the final weeks of term 3, I would like to remind all students that the MBH sessions will run throughout the Holiday break and are a great opportunity to make serious progress before the official Summer season starts in term 4.

Any student serious about their training also needs to get serious about their nutrition. The up coming Performance nutrition seminar is a must see event! I look forward to seeing our biggest ever attendance this Friday in the Coote Theatre. Please book using the MBH App.

Story of The Week - Australian Interschool Snowsports Champions for the tenth consecutive year!

235 schools, comprising of over 3340 entries from NSW, Victoria, South Australia, WA, Tasmania and ACT qualified through their regional and state finals to compete in the Australian Interschool Snowsports Championships.

Scots emerged victorious after 5 days of grueling competition: Scots 199, Melbourne Grammar 130, Scotch College 102

Scots teams won 5 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze medals.

James Huon was crowned individual Australian Champion in Division 3 alpine after a brilliant performance against quality opposition. Also individually, Oliver Logan, Marcus Howes and Ben Matsumoto (Moguls), James Huon (Skiercross) and Tom Davies (Alpine) achieved silver medals in their age groups.

On the podium in the bronze medal position in their respective age divisions were Hugh McAdam, Marcus Mead and Oliver Logan (Alpine) Jordan Thompson (Skiercross), Matthew Wright and Hugo Hinckfuss (Cross Country).

Congratulations to the boys on their performances and excellent conduct during the Australian Championships.

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Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison

Director of Sport