Mr Robert Egan – Prep Sportsmaster
The past few weeks have been all action, proving Term 4 really does finish the year with a crescendo.
Last Sunday the Numinbah Valley provided a perfect back drop to an exciting raw challenge. A wonderful family event saw a large number of our TSS prep and senior families make their way inland for a morning of fun, family and a lot of mud. Congratulations to all of our boys (and parents) who made it through either 4K or 9K of mud, obstacles and challenges, and well done to Mrs Zauner and here team of staff for hosting an excellent event.
We has a wonderful day and a half at the beach, which added another dimension to our HPE program this term. Here are a few words from one of our dedicated HPE Teachers Mr Silvera who coordinated the excursion.
I would like to thank the parents, Northcliffe Lifesaving Club, Mr Egan, Mrs Schroder, Mrs Goudy, Mrs McCleary and all the Prep Staff for their effort, hard work and professionalism that went into a very successful Nippers excursion.
We know what a huge effort it takes to make this event together successful.
The boys had so much fun from the beginning of the session to the end. The students can’t say enough about the location, the weather and the atmosphere. It was definitely a wonderful inspiring experience in a safe and fun environment for the students and teachers who participated in beach activities.
Nipper’s coaches did a remarkable job promoting fellowship, fair play and enjoyment while learning very valuable lifelong water and surf skills. The students had a memorable day filled with many different activities such as surf safety and awareness when visiting the beach.
We continue our aquatics program throughout term 4 in the pool and at the rowing sheds.
Nippers 2019 – Click HERE
House cricket wrapped up in Week 5, bringing the end to our formal house sport competitions for the year. It was another great example of our sporting spirit and level of competition, this event served up an excited three weeks of fixtures, involving boys from Year 3 to 6 in an A and B division. It was great to see house spirit is still alive and well, with spectators galore throughout the tournament, cheering on each delivery, run and wicket. Well done to Shepherd, who ran our overall winners this year, but the 2019 tournament will be remembered for much more than just the result, but the smaller moments in the game, be that an unexpected wicket or a superb shot for 4/6. Well done to all the houses and boys for their involvement, in providing a extravaganza of cricket to finish the House season. Now on to tallying up those points to see who will take the Howard-Smith cup.
Sailing has been in full flow since the start of term, with plenty of action out on the water on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Each week stories are shared about how the boys handle the conditions and adapt/change their approach, whilst learning new skills. Even this week, with heavy wind conditions on the water, that didn’t stop our team, who headed into the boat shed and put their head down with some land based activities. Thank you to Mr Massey, Mr Spout and Ms Gittens who’ve given up time to run the program and well done to the boys for how far they’ve progressed in an 8 week block of lessons.
This year our GPS Prep boys had the opportunity to not only train at the Prep school but also to train with Senior boys on the Senior Campus several times a week. A strong contingent of boys took advantage of this opportunity and the boys soared in their performance and ability because of this extra training and commitment.
This stood them in good stead for the lead up meet at Griffith University. The enthusiasm and excitement of the boys was evident as they were eager to participate in all the disciplines on offer, which provided them with invaluable experience headed towards the GPS Championships.
This year the GPS Athletics Carnival was held at the Nudgee School. This event first time this season the boys would really test themselves against all of the other GPS schools. It was a tough day of competition, but the boys can be so proud of their achievements and efforts taking out a credible 4th place overall.
All the boys showed grit and determination in each of their events and several boys recorded Personal Bests as the hard work and training started to pay dividends. There were a number of standout performances throughout the day, but special mention should be made to Leo Llewellyn who broke two GPS records… the 800m and the long jump for 11-year olds.
A big thank you to our Athletics Captain for 2019, Oscar Yared. He was inspirational in his commitment to training and the strong leadership he provided the boys.
Well done boys, its been a great season. The future of Track and Field looks very bright.
Most Inspirational: Leo Llewellyn
Most Improved: Claude Chabert, Jack Ahearn
Best Attitude: Jack Manton, Jack Stapleton
GPS Athletics Video Link – CLICK HERE
The Road To The Championships/Success
Staying with athletics, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what has been an exciting year on the track.
In sport here at TSS we certainly have an abundance of boys, with what could be called natural athleticism amongst, across the range of activities. Over the past 12 months we have had numerous individuals and teams show tremendous talent, drive and work ethic in different areas.
It is wonderful to see the combination of nature and nurture at work in the prep school. With our boys proving that hard work and talent are a powerful combination.
A number of our Prep Athletes this year have been prime examples of love, labour and longevity in their craft being a path to success.
Speaking with the boys throughout the season it was clear to see that their passion for Athletics was fostered early through events like our Inter House Carnival and Athletics clubs. These positive experiences in an inclusive, competitive environment, became the catalyst for success in higher levels of the sport. After an early tastes of success, the boys pursued many opportunities to train and improve their chosen fields of Athletics, finding focus in training resulted in improvements on the track.
Towards the end of Term 2 there were a number of Prep boys attending the Hinterland Athletics Championships, with team selection going to George K, Samuel R, Austin L, Leo L, Sean M, Jack S, Angus J and Oscar Y. At the South Coast Championship’s we had numerous places from Jack S, Austin L and Samuel, several of whom missed out by one position from competing at nationals this year, but I’m sure will be back for more over the next few seasons. Oscar Yared placed 1st in the 12yrs Tetrathlon, George Kakavas placed 3rd in the 10yrs 200m and 2nd in the 10yrs 800m. Leo Llewellyn placed 3rd in the 11yrs Long Jump and 2nd in the 11yrs Tetrathlon, all three boys heading to . Both boys kept their head down, focused in on their training and put in the hard yards. This hard work was again rewarded with a qualification for the National Championships in Darwin towards the end of Term 3, in the Tetrathlon for Leo and George in both the 200m and 800m.
Displaying talent (nature) in their own right, this was the moment where both boys showed their key to success, that a high level of focus, some level of sacrifice, but a ton of hard work really would nurture their performance on to the next level.
The boys explained how heading to Darwin was an amazing experience on a number of levels. Experience of another level of competition, a different environment and but also where hard work will get you.
Congratulations to all of our boys on a wonderful season, both special mention to both Leo and George for receiving National athletics placings in:
Leo Llewellyn Placing Nationally, 2nd Place in 11yrs Tetrathlon
George Kakavas placing Nationally, 3rd Place in 10yrs 800m and 2nd in 10yrs Medley Relay.
These boys are a great example of how having goals can help focus your attention, but that hard work makes things happen. They’ve shown how taking responsibility for your own actions, positive thoughts and practice, practice, practice takes care of business.
The take home message: “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” however we are looking for hard work to make the most of our talent.
Krissh Whala participated in a state Taekwondo competition held in Brisbane on the 27th October. He performed exceptionally well, winning a Gold medal in sparring, a bronze medal in Special technique and a bronze medal in patterns. Well done Krissh.
Hudson Sheehan just getting quicker and quicker in the pool. Bringing home medals in the 50m free, fly and butterfly in a recent meet. Well done Hudson.
I received two videos of one of our young gymnasts, Jordan Scott, a while back and wanted to share them:
Jordan is one example of our talented Prep Gymnasts who has put in the work in the gym and seen tremendous results in his performances, as evident in the clips. Well done Jordan.
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