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With training and fixtures commencing in Week 1, we have had a busy start to GSV sport this term and have already recorded some excellent results in Indoor cricket, Tennis and Softball. In addition, students have been training twice a week for Swimming and Diving in preparation for the GSV Preliminary Swimming and Diving Carnival on Monday, 2 March. We wish the girls all the best and look forward to recognising their efforts later in the term.

It was terrific to see so many students participating at our recent House Athletics Carnival across several events in some testing conditions. In typical Melbourne weather we battled through the heat during the day and then had to contend with some rather dark looking clouds that threatened to rain down on us. I wish to thank all staff and students for their assistance and high spirits throughout the day. Congratulations to Dianella House for winning the 2020 House Athletics Carnival. We look forward to our House Swimming carnival on Friday, 6 March at Boroondara Sports Complex.

We have strength and conditioning sessions on offer in the weights room on Tuesday lunchtimes and Friday mornings. The Tuesday lunchtime sessions are open to all students and are tailored towards students who may not have had much experience lifting weights before. The Friday sessions (7.30am-8.15am) are open to all students but are designed to assist students who are participating in GSV or sport outside of school. We have hired qualified trainers from Nardelli Sports and believe this is a key opportunity for students to improve their strength and conditioning whilst preventing injuries.

We had trials for Aerobics this week it was pleasing to see around eighty students choose to participate. Our Aerobics program continues to go from strength to strength and we look forward to another excellent season in 2020. Training will be on Wednesday mornings (7.00am-8.30am) for girls in Years 7-9 and Thursday mornings (7.00-8.30am) for girls in Years 10-12.

Our School Captains (Laura Griss and Adrienne Duray) and Sport Captains (Julia Cabai and Alexandra Lasscock) attended the GSV Leaders breakfast at Our Lady of Sion College on Thursday, 13 February. It was an excellent event to officially commence the 2020 GSV Program and the girls were excited hear from Carol Fox. Carol was Australia’s first profession female lifesaver and is now an executive coach and masterclass facilitator.

We have our Twilight Open Evening on Tuesday, 3 March and the sport department will host a Students versus Parents Volleyball game from 6.00pm-7.00pm in the Siena College Gymnasium. The game is open to Year 12 students and parents and we look forward to some healthy rivalry!

We are looking forward to taking twenty-two students and three staff members on our first ever sports tour to the USA. The purpose of the tour is for students to partake in a number of sports education modules that focus on furthering their learning but also developing their leadership skills. Students will observe and hear from several sports professionals in their environment and by the end of the experience will have a better understanding of the concept of a ‘student athlete’. Students will also have an opportunity to see some superb cultural sites such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Santa Monica Beach and the Hollywood Boulevard. We have our final information evening for students and parents attending on Monday, 2 March from 6.30pm-7.30pm in the Susan Alberti Auditorium.

Individual Achievements

  • Shakira Harding (Year 7, Dianella) competed at the Regional Athletics Championships at Doncaster last weekend. The Championships are a qualifier for the Victorian Championships on 14 March 2020. Shakira performed well coming second in the Under 13 200m, first in the Under 13 200m Hurdles, first in the Under 13 80m Hurdles and second in the Under 13 400m. In addition, she ran personal bests in all four events and has automatically qualified for State Championships now in the 200m Hurdles and 80m Hurdles. She will hear shortly regarding her selection for the 200m and 400m events. Well done to Shakira.
  • Holly Nieuwenhuizen (Year 10, Dianella) participated in the Athletics Victoria Heptathlon in January at Bendigo and finished second. This result allowed her to qualify for the Athletics Victoria Nationals Event in Brisbane. Holly also competed in Little Athletics Victoria Multi Event and again placed second which means that she now is part of the Little Athletics Victoria Team competing in Canberra at the AIS in April 2020. An excellent achievement from Holly and she continues to enjoy wonderful success in athletics.
Holly Nieuwenhuizen

James Houghton

Head of Cocurricular Sport
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