THE BACKPAGE Term 2 Week 6

Ex-professional footballer and high performance scientist, Rasmus Ankersen quit his job and travelled the world for six months, visiting what he described as "gold mines" of sport talent; living and training with the planet's best athletes from a range of sports in an attempt to figure out if there was common trends across different sports and different countries that were producing top athletes.  He then used what he learned from his travels to write a book about the trends he found in these “gold mines,” and how they could potentially be applied to business context.

Before his travels, he predicted that what he would find in each “gold mine” was outstanding facilities and large investments of money to support the athletes.  It mirrors, in a lot of ways, the trend that we see in schools across Australia (and the rest of the world) where it is commonly believed that huge investments in ensuring the best facilities or elite programs from a select few make a great sport program.

At the conclusion of the book Ankersen struggles to find a common trait amongst the best sports programs in the world.  Rarely did he find great facilities or anything that appeared particularly special at first sight. The only commonality that he could draw was that each “gold mine” had a strong focus on a culture of commitment, hard work and excellence across and that their culture was valued over everything else.

So, what should a school value in sport?  Don’t get me wrong, we most certainly wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to improve facilities and just at the chance to lead the way in sport with cutting edge technologies and innovative programs, but, what needs to be value above all else is a great culture that is inclusive and focuses on character development as boys at all levels are challenged to achieve “excellence.”

Over the past two weeks I have had the opportunity to work with a pilot group of year seven students on the implementation of our new Mind Body Heart goal-setting platform.  The platform, that uses artificial intelligence technology and live attendance tracking, to direct boys on what workouts to attend based on their chosen sport and their own strengths and weaknesses will, in the near future, be available to the entire College and live on our academic dashboard.

Today we had the opportunity to spend time with every boy in year 8, running them through a training session and initiating the development of training programs for any boy who has not yet attended Mind Body Heart sessions.

Both initiatives bring me back to what we should value.  A strong inclusive sport culture where every boy is challenged and supported to grow and achieve their best on their own quest for excellence.  A culture that promotes leadership through teams, allowing boys to display these qualities as they train together across all age groups and ability levels and a culture that is based on our Faith and tradition promoting hard work and commitment.   We look forward to continuing to forge the way in the development of initiatives designed to achieve these goals. I have no doubt as we continue to motivate more and more boys in their quest for excellence that we will be achieving our own “gold mine”

I would like to congratulate all of our boys on an outstanding Saturday of sport with some great performances across all ages and programs.  A huge thank you to our sport team for continuing to drive this culture of excellence. Enjoy a well-deserved break this weekend.

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

The weather last weekend was not great with wet and windy conditions. Although the good news was that no games were cancelled.

Really well done to Volleyball who had a great result vs Knox with all Opens teams having winning. The 1sts winning an epic battle against a very good Knox team. Well done also to the 15A and 14A teams who also had good wins.

Rugby had some good results against Kings. The 1sts and 2nds XV both winning in close games. The 3rd XV also had a good win with a score of 34-0 over Armidale 1st XV. Well done also to the 16A and B teams with good wins against Kings and Armidale. Good to see the 13E team with a close 37-35 victory.

Football results have been slowly getting better over recent times. The 1st XI losing a close game 1-0 against Newington. Well done to the 13D team with a 5-3 victory.

Well done to Cross Country with one of the best Opens results in almost 3 years. This keeps the Premiership race alive.

This weekend there is no sport due to the Queens birthday long weekend. Next weekend we take on St Joseph’s and Sydney Grammar in Rugby and Sydney Grammar in Football.

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

There have been some very impressive performances over the trial weeks of the winter sport season. The Scots athletes across the board are looking bigger, faster, fitter and stronger than their competitors. This is a testament to all the hard work and dedication that they are putting in behind the scenes. There is no short cut to success. You need to know what you want, where you are going and create a blueprint to help you achieve your goals. The Mind Body Heart Pathway helps boys set goals and gives them the data so that they can make evidence based decisions. The framework allows boys to unlock their unique athletic potential.

The next MBH testing will be occurring this week. This is another opportunity for boys to measure themselves against their previous performances and aim to set new PB’s. It is critical that boys continue to reflect on their performances and set new goals each term.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to remind all boys to register for sessions using the MBH app. If you are having any difficulty with registering, please come and see one of the MBH staff for assistance.

As always come and get ‘the STRONG advantage!’

Senior Sports News

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Prep News

From Mr Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Hard work is the key to succeed in sports. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up” - Vince Lombardi. Watching our teams in the first half of the season, what stood out to me was their commitment. What was obvious was the determination of our boys, who were clearly putting their heart and soul into all they did. To reach your potential you need to have a strong work ethic. High achievers are dedicated to work hard, because they are committed to the efforts necessary to succeed. I believe it is this dedication and commitment that is central in our sporting success and transfers into other domains. I encourage all boys to commit to achieving a dream and dedicate yourself to working hard to achieve your goals!

No Prep fixtures on Saturday 9 June due to the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

Rugby - NSWCIS Primary Rugby   

Across Tuesday and Wednesday of last week six boys from the Prep 1st XV attended the NSWCIS Primary Boys Rugby trials at David Phillips Field. The trials were held across both days with the squad being cut from 100 to 45 from Day 1 to Day 2, five of the six boys from Scots got selected to return to Day 2 of the trials with all five boys, a record number for Scots making the final squad of 22.

Congratulations to Finnlay Bartlett, Leo Jaques, Jay McKenzie, Thomas Norgard and Charlie Ulcoq who will form part of the NSWCIS team to compete at the PSSA Championships held in Coffs Harbour later in the year.

Mr James Bruce, Preparatory Rugby Coordinator

Stories of the Week -

Story 1 - Volleyball NSW Squad Selection

Congratulations to the following boys who are members of the Scots Volleyball program, as they have been selected into the NSW Volleyball squads: Kevin Yu (U14), Harry Hawksley (U15), Tyler Egan (U19), Emlyn Evans (U19 Championship Team) to compete at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships on the Gold Coast 30 September to 6 October 2018.

Along with this, Angus Henricks (U17) was identified by both SVNSW and Volleyball Australia as a potential talented athlete for involvement in the VA Junior Beach Volleyball Development Program.

As such, he has been invited to the July Development Camp to be held in Brisbane, Queensland. Congratulations to all boys.

Angus Henricks (pictured above) at U17 Nationals in WA for beach Volleyball

Kevin Yu (pictured above)

Emlyn Evans (pictured above)

Tyler Egan (pictured above) in front court

Story 2 - Water Polo - Hugh O’Neill selected for Australian Mens Squad

Congratulations to Hugh O'Neill who has made the Australian Men’s Born 2001 squad that will compete at the Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival in Auckland, New Zealand from July 7-11.

The squad members were selected following performances at the U18 National Aged Championships in Canberra during early April.

Ahead of their tour to New Zealand, the 15-man squad will be put through an intensive training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport from June 29 – July 6.