Mr Rob Egan, Prep Sportsmaster
As we move towards the end of the year, I’d like to wrap up a few of the sport activities and take a moment to reflect on what has been an exciting year of sport.
Our Year 4 to 6 intensive swimming program is always one of the highlights of the last few weeks of term. With the boys taking part in rowing, survival skills, swimming and an aquathlon, it is an action packed four days at the pool. This year we had something a bit extra for our Year 5 cohort, we invited the Year 5 St Hilda’s girls to our pool to join in a fun combined team swimming meet. The red, green and blue team battled it out over five different events; the 25m Free, 25m Back, 25m Kickboard, 50 Free and Team relay. The emphasis was on a fun competition and it certainly was that, with team spirit amongst the boys and girls being the biggest thing on show. This was an event that is surely going to stay in the calendar for 2021.
Sailing again this year has been oversubscribed and delivered in spectacular fashion this term. Out on the water on Tuesdays and Saturday the boys experienced the Nerang rivers beauty and challenges, pitting their wits against both the wind and tide. Thank you to Mr Massey for his organisation of the boys, Mr Sproule and Mr Spowart for their time and support. As you can see from the photos the boys enjoyed every moment of the program.
We host our annual Friday afternoon internal basketball competition in Term Four. This year saw over 80 boys sign up, filling eight teams to the brim and going toe to toe driving for the hoop. Teams consist of boys in Years 4 to 6, ranging from those new to basketball to our basketball enthusiasts. The vertical format lends itself perfectly to a number of our core sporting values here at TSS, allowing the boys to demonstrate respect, inspiration, determination, courage, friendship and excellence both personally and as a group. The leadership shown by our Year 6 boys in particular is wonderful to see out on court, encouraging the younger or less experienced boys, making it an inclusive as well as competitive tournament. This is mirrored by our team coaches, which we are always delighted to see the First V Basketball squad who attend every week to give back to the program. these young men are great role models to our students. Thank you to Mrs Schroder for organising the event and Mr LeGassick for his continued support of Prep Basketball.
Our thriving co-curricular program continued this term, offering depth and breadth to our sport. I’d like to take a moment to thank our 1st Fives, Myfitkids, Gardiner Chess, Football Academy, Cricket Academy, Marital Arts, Speech and Drama, Ukulele Club, Golf Academy, Robotics Club, Basketball Skills program, Swimming, Tennis and Gymnastics for their contribution this term.
Mrs Debbie Goudy
The 2020 Athletics season began with our annual Inter House Carnival at Runaway Bay in Term Two. Several boys performed well for their respective Houses with Musgrave proving too strong on the day, only just beating Dixon by a small margin. From that carnival Richie Hodges a Musgrave boy was named 2020 School Champion.
After the House Carnival we were able to select a squad of athletes and following that Jack Stapleton was appointed as Athletics Captain for 2020.
The season was a challenging one, as all four GPS sports were on in Term Three making it difficult to get all our athletes to training in the early weeks. It also meant that we had a shortened training run up to the GPS Carnival, with only five weeks to get the boys ready and fit for competition.
The focus of the staff and the trainers was to build a team that that would be competitive come the GPS championships mid-October at Nudgee College.
A small number of boys started attending sprint, jumps and throws training towards the end of Term Three and as GPS training for other sports concluded, the foundations of the team started to take shape. The squad members became committed to as many as sessions as they could in the following weeks, and they worked hard on improving their times and distances for their events.
Observing the rise of several talented athletes within our squad was the main highlight of the GPS day. We tried to fill every event and age group on the day to maximise our points and as such we witnessed boys stepping outside their comfort zone as they were required to fill in for injured boys. Many boys on the day showed enormous courage and team spirit as they competed in events that they had not properly trained for.
A big thank you to the coaching staff for getting the boys prepared for the season. And finally, a big thanks to the boys who have worked hard this year to improve themselves as athletes and their understanding of what Track and Field is about – a positive start to a long journey ahead.
Mrs Debbie Goudy
It was exciting to have so many boys sign on for the 2020 tennis season. When other schools could not field enough teams, our players boldly took on various opposition, including players from older grades, higher teams and even each other. There was some very solid, competitive play from all of our boys this season, and it was exciting to see how their skills developed from their first experience at the start of the year.
The Year 5 playing group played their first ever competitive GPS tennis matches, and handled themselves very well as they adapted and learned the game. There was some thrilling matches throughout the season and some tough competition for the Year 5 boys this season. They can be very proud of their efforts, as they showed a lot of courage ending up undefeated for the season. A newcomer to TSS Lennox Boles went through undefeated all season, not losing a game and receiving the most valuable player award for Year 5, along with the title of Prep School Champion.
The Year 6 boys turned up every week and played with grit and determination. The skill level and game play got stronger each week and under the mature and responsible leadership of Captain Germaine Palmer-Peacock, the TSS boys adopted a great attitude for the season, as they competed extremely hard while maintaining the vital sportsmanship and etiquette integral to the school’s values.
A special thanks to Coach Conor Sloss and support staff for their efforts this season.
Lou Holtz once said; Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
Sport here at TSS, has witnessed an abundance of boys with what could be called natural athleticism, which they apply across a range of activities. Over the past few years we have had numerous individuals and teams show tremendous talent, drive and work ethic across the board. This year is no exception, it has been wonderful to see the combination of nature and nurture at work, with our boys proving that hard work and talent are a powerful combination. This year we got the attitude right, remained motivated and took large strides forward in terms of ability across the board. Well done boys.
I’d like to wish both you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and look forward to welcoming you back in a few short weeks’ time.
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