THE BACKPAGE Term 2 Week 9

The idea of 10,000, popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, has become a norm about how we think about training to become an elite athlete. For anyone who is not familiar with the concept, what Gladwell said was: that to become an elite performer in any field required a minimum of 10,000 hours of training. Matthew Syed, in his book Bounce, takes the concept one step forward, adding that the 10,000 hours needs to be very specific and goal-directed. Further, these concepts have been discussed recently in some of the most popular books, from Dweck’s Growth Mindset to Duckworth’s GRIT, that are having an influence on the way we think about education.

Last week, myself and Dan Markham (Director of Mind Body Heart) were invited to a conference that the NRL were holding on neuroplasticity and the role of training the brain on performance. We had the opportunity to meet some of the leading researchers in brain science from Australia and the United States. We invited the scientists from The Platypus Institute, who were attending to meet with us at the College the following day and were blown away with the ideas and technology being developed around how we train the brain.

Much of the Platypus Institute’s research centres around baseline measurements of the brain with the idea that we can then train the brain and measure improvements that have real world outcomes on performance, whether it be in sport, academics or the arts. It’s an interesting and exciting concept that suggests that we have learned about training the body in the gym prior to sport specific training can be applied as well to the mind.

The other idea that was discussed in this meeting was how potentially dangerous Gladwell or Syed’s ideas around 10,000 hours can be. To put it plainly, no amount of hours, regardless of how focused or goal-directed I am is ever going to make me an NBA Basketball player. It will certainly get me to a good level, but not to the NBA – if that’s my goal. One important feature is missing: that we must take into account our natural abilities and dispositions, identify them, before applying Gladwell’s or Syed’s concepts. The potential danger, if we don’t do this is that we lead boys in the wrong direction.

It has been a short but busy term, with some outstanding highlights for sport. I would like to thank our sports team and the entire community for continuing to support and ensure that all boys at the College have a positive sport experience. A big congratulations to Brian Smith and his team of coaches and to the 17 boys who have been nominated to GPS Rugby teams this week. Good luck to our Sailors who will be competing over the holiday at the National Championships and to our Rifle Shooters who will be at the NSW Championships in preparation for the GPS Championships in the first week of term 3.

It is important for boys to re-charge throughout the holiday, but it is also an opportunity for boys to work on their physical fitness. Scots Sport has a lot on offer throughout the three week break. Our Mind Body Heart program will be running throughout the holiday and a reminder that this program is open to all boys from year 7 to year 12, regardless of sport or level of play. Have a safe and productive break!

Scots to the Fore!

Mr Graham Pattison
Director of Sport

Below - June/July 2018 School Holiday Program - Trainings, Camps & Tours

SENIOR SPORT

Camp / Training

Age Group

Dates

Times

Venue

Contact

Email

Athletics

Training Sessions

Years 7-10

July 2,4,6,9,11,13,16,18,20,23

8:00am - 9:30am

Fairfax Oval

Matthew Williams

m.williams@tsc.nsw.edu.au

               

Cross Country

Training Sessions

Years 7-12

July 2,4,6,9,11,13,16,18,20,23

8:00am - 9:30am

Centennial Park (McKay Oval)

Matthew Williams

m.williams@tsc.nsw.edu.au

               

MBH Fitness

Mind Body Heart - S & C

Years 7-10

July 2,4,6,9,11,13,16,18,20,23

6:30am - 8:00am

John Solomon

Lachlan Wylie

l.wylie@tsc.nsw.edu.au

 

Mind Body Heart - Speed

Years 7-10

July 2,4,6,9,11,13,16,18,20,23

8:00am - 9:30am

Fairfax Oval

Matthew Williams

m.williams@tsc.nsw.edu.au

               

Football

Junior Holiday Training Sessions

Years 7-10

July 2 - 4

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Waverley Oval

Andrew Goldrick

a.goldrick@tsc.nsw.edu.au

 

1st/2nd XI Holiday Training Sessions

1st & 2nd XI

July 16, 18, 20

10:00am - 12:00pm

Woollahra Oval 1

Andrew Goldrick

a.goldrick@tsc.nsw.edu.au

               

Rugby

Gold Coast Rugby Tour

16s & 14s

July 7 - 13

 

Gold Coast

Dirk Hansen

d.hansen@tsc.nsw.edu.au

 

Senior Training Camp

Year 7 - 12

July 2 - 4

12:30pm - 3:30pm

Woollahra Oval 1

Dirk Hansen

d.hansen@tsc.nsw.edu.au

 

1st/2nd XV Training

1st/2nd XV

July 18 - 20

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Woollahra Oval 1

Brian Smith

b.smith@tsc.nsw.edu.au

               

Volleyball

Training Sessions

Gold & Blue Squad

July 19, 20

8:00am - 11:00am

Lions Den

Claudia Brin

c.brin@tsc.nsw.edu.au

 

Training Sessions

Juniors

July 19, 20

11:00am - 12:00pm

Lions Den

Claudia Brin

c.brin@tsc.nsw.edu.au

 

Come & try volleyball

Age 8-13

July 19, 20

12:30pm - 3:30pm

Lions Den

Claudia Brin

c.brin@tsc.nsw.edu.au

 

Training Sessions

Gold Squad

July 23

9:00am - 11:00am

Lions Den

Claudia Brin

c.brin@tsc.nsw.edu.au

 

Training Sessions

16s

July 23

11:00am - 12:00pm

Lions Den

Claudia Brin

c.brin@tsc.nsw.edu.au

 

Training Sessions

15s & 14s

July 23

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lions Den

Claudia Brin

c.brin@tsc.nsw.edu.au

 

Drop In Skills

All Years 7-12

July 23

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Lions Den

Claudia Brin

c.brin@tsc.nsw.edu.au

               

PREP SPORT

Camp / Training

Age Group

Dates

Times

Venue

Contact

Email

Prep - Football

Prep Football Holiday Clinic

Years 2 - 6

July 2 - 4

9:00am - 12:00pm

Waverley Oval

Greg Clarence

g.clarence@tsc.nsw.edu.au

               

Prep - Rugby

Prep Rugby Holiday Clinic

Years 2 - 6

July 2 - 4

9:00am - 12:00pm

Woollahra Oval 1

James Bruce

j.bruce@tsc.nsw.edu.au

From Mr Ed White, Senior Sportsmaster

Last weekend Football took on the top of the table Riverview out at Lane Cove. The 1st XI played some great football and found themselves up 2-1. Unfortunately Riverview came back and ended up winning 3-2. The 2nd XI also lost 1-0. The best age group was the U14s who won all their games. The 14As winning 1-0.

Rugby was at home with Newington. Well done to the 1st XV who won 66-26. The 2nd XV also won 25-15. The 3rd XV went down to Riverview so will need to win all remaining games and hope that Riverview loses. The 16As won 28-7. Well done the 14Bs who had a close win 10-7 and remain undefeated this season.

Cross Country had one of its best results with the Opens gaining considerably on Sydney Grammar and now are within 30 points with the season getting near the end.

Volleyball played Barker and had some good results across the program. Well done to the 2nd and 3rd teams who had good wins.

There is no sport this weekend with the end of term 2. Enjoy the break.

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

The Mind Body Heart team would like to extend an invitation to all senior students to continue their athletic development journey throughout the holiday period. An abbreviated MBH timetable will be available during the break. It is a great opportunity to make some significant progress that will pay big dividends in the Winter sport season next term. Please find timetable of sessions below:

WHAT: S&C Sessions & Speed Sessions

WHEN: 6.30am-8am (S&C) and 8am-9.30am (Speed)

WHERE: John Solomon Gym (S&C) and Main Oval (Speed)

WHO: All students years 7-12 (Senior school)

As always come and get ‘the STRONG advantage’!

Senior Sports News

Cross Country

Football

Rifle Shooting

Rugby

Snowsports

Volleyball

Prep News

From Mr Brent Wilsmore, Prep Sportsmaster

Good luck to the snowsports boys competing at the Sydney Interschools Championships over the coming school holidays.

As the holiday break approaches, I would encourage all players to consider attending the Prep Football and Prep Rugby Holiday Clinics. It is a great opportunity for boys to maintain skills and work ethic over the holidays and both clinics are run by some of our outstanding specialist coaches.

Please see details below for the clinics.

Prep Football Holiday Clinic

Date: Monday 2 July to Wednesday 4 July

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Waverley Oval. Park Parade, Bondi

Ages: Years 2 to 6

Cost: $45 for one day or $135 for three days

Booking: Pleaseclick here

Contact: Mr Greg Clarence -g.clarence@tsc.nsw.edu.au

Prep Rugby Holiday Clinic

Date: Monday 2 July to Wednesday 4 July

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Venue: Woollahra Oval #1. O’Sullivan Rd, Rose Bay

Ages: Years 2 to 6

Cost: $45 for one day or $135 for three days

Booking: Pleaseclick here

Contact: Mr James Bruce - j.bruce@tsc.nsw.edu.au

Story of the Week - GPS Rugby Selections

Congratulations to all of our Opens Rugby players named in the AAGPS combined representative teams for 2018. Well done boys!

1sts XV - Nicholas Wingrove, Jeremy Williams, Brett Wellington, Ben Robson, William Harris, Sebastian Strang, Charlie Savala, Jack Mossman

2nd XV - Hugo Patterson, Fred Tricks

GPS Blue S - Nathan Zylstra, Kobe Rugless, Tom Aveyard, Ben Zucchiatti

GPS White B - Daniel Botha, Toby Gavin

Reserve - Lachlan Mason