From the Principal
Sports Presentation Evening
This week we had the opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate the many successes in TSAC sport in 2017. It was a wonderful occasion, where we enjoyed the inspiring words of our guest speaker, Paralympian Brendan Hall, and share in the enjoyment and deserved success of all of those students and coaches who were recognised for their efforts.
You can find a full list of the winners here.
For your information, this newsletter contains the speeches delivered on the evening by myself and Mr Andy Holmes, Director of Sport.
From the Principal, Darren Pitt:
Good evening, and on behalf of the myself, the College Council and the staff, may I extend a warm welcome to you all to our 2017 Sports Presentation Evening.
I would like to respectfully acknowledge the Turr-a-bal and Jug-era people, traditional Owners of the land on which this event is taking place and Elders both past and present.
I also recognise those whose ongoing effort to protect and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, will leave a lasting legacy for future Elders and leaders.
I would like to offer some comments as to the power and fundamental importance of sport in schools. As educators, our role is to provide experiences to young people which will allow them to develop into resilient, courageous and compassionate adults who will shape a better world for us and for future generations. School, in short, is about providing opportunities for shaping a young person’s character.
Serious, grand and even pompous claims they might sound, but I believe that is the job of teachers. And sport is one of the most powerful mechanisms that we use to achieve it.
Of course, intrinsic in sport are the learning experiences about the power of teamwork, the importance of tenacity, and the crucial life lessons such as how to win with grace and lose with dignity. Shaking the hand of an opponent who has beaten you in a sporting contest is a hard thing to do sometimes, but what a valuable lesson doing so can bring – in life we don’t always win, and we need to learn how to cope with failure. In fact, when watching sport, I am happy when, for example, a boy scores a half century in cricket but, perhaps oddly, I am just as pleased for him in a different way when he gets out for a duck. Of course I want the boy to do well, and I want to win as much as the next person, but the educator in me says that sport in schools is about providing learning experiences, and that a boy who is out first ball learns as much about himself in failure as he does in victory.
But! Enough of this talk about failure! Because of course sport, and what we are really here to celebrate tonight, is about pushing yourself, finding success and having fun. It’s about the exhilaration of training hard, the magic of being a part of a team, the fulfilment of setting and achieving goals, and the relief and satisfaction of smashing personal bests.
I am very proud of our diverse sports program, and the ways in which is provides meaningful and fun opportunities for those who just want to play for recreation, and the ways in which it provides high level and challenging competition for our elite athletes, and for the ways in which it provides pathways to careers in professional sport and associated disciplines.
And I am very proud of all of our students who take part.
Tonight we come together as a community to celebrate the hard work of our students and celebrate their sporting achievements. We will have opportunities to celebrate numerous success stories, and I would like to congratulate all of the winners, nominees and participants over the year.
I would also like to offer my great thanks to all of our coaches, teachers and staff who assisted in making our sports program a reality. In particular, my thanks to Mr Andy Holmes, Director of Sport and Head of PE, and Mr James Patmore, JTAS Coordinator, for their excellent work.
Thank you for being a part of this fantastic event, I look forward to sharing the evening with you all.
From Director Sport, Mr Andy Holmes:
Good evening and welcome to the 2017 Sports Presentation Evening.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr Murray Evans; Chairman of the College Council, Mrs Jane Crombie and Mr Ian Turner; Members of the College Board, Mr Darren Pitt; College Principal, Mr Brendan Hall; our Guest Speaker, Members of the Senior Leadership team, staff, coaches, parents and more importantly students.
Tonight we are here to celebrate the success and achievements of our students and teams throughout the year.
2017 has been an incredible year with over 100 teams representing The Springfield Anglican College. Teams embraced the new College War Cry and the College Community welcomed the new College Mascot, a Scottish Terrier, who is formally known as Sir Terence of TSAC. The College won six Greater Brisbane Conference Premierships and one Brisbane Christian Schools Premiership. Sixty-four students experienced success at either Regional, State or National level, with an impressive twenty-seven students competing at State Level and six students competing at National Level.
On the Primary Campus, thirty-two teams represented the College in the JTAS Competition, with the JTAS Navy Blue Basketball Team and the JTAS Sky Blue Girls Touch Football Team both completing undefeated seasons in dominant fashion.
The JTAS Swimming Team finished in second place in Red Division at the JTAS Swimming Championships, with the team’s success led by the girls, who won the Overall Girls trophy for the second consecutive year, whilst the Cross Country team won the Central Districts Cross Country Carnival for the fourth consecutive year.
The JTAS Athletics Carnival was highlighted by the 9 Years Boys and Open’s Girls age groups, who both won their respective age division trophies.
On the Secondary Campus, sixty-eight teams represented the College, with six of those teams securing a GBC Premiership, resulting in the College finishing runners up in the GBC Sport competition for Terms Two and Three. The Junior Girls Football team secured their second consecutive GBC Premiership, remaining undefeated for the season, and the Intermediate A Girls Touch Football team won the GBC Premiership after scoring an impressive 73 tries. The Firsts Boys Basketball team defeated the previously undefeated Sheldon College 41 – 33 in the Grand Final to secure their third consecutive Premiership.
In Swimming, the Girls finished in Second Place overall at the GBC Swimming Championships, with Mollie O’Callaghan breaking the 13 Years Girls TAS 50m backstroke record with an impressive time of 31.59s.
In Cross Country, Lauren Bray, Grace Burow and Madison Farrell-Thomas secured first place in the 15 Years Girls Division at both the GBC and Ipswich Independent Cross Country Championships, after astonishingly finishing in first, second and third place respectively at both events.
And in Athletics the girls finished runners up and won the Percentage trophy at the GBC Athletics Championships, which saw Ralph Masunungure break the 12 Years Boys 200m record and Grace Burow, Stephanie Gebert and Kaden Pritchard all finish as GBC Age Champions.
The year also saw success by teams in other competitions. The Junior Boys Volleyball team secured a silver medal and the Firsts Boys Volleyball team won a gold medal at the Queensland Schools Volleyball Championships. The Equestrian team’s riders excelled in qualifying for the Equestrian National Championships, whilst the Rowing team finished in third place in the Year 9 pairs final at the Open Schools State Regatta. The Intermediate Girls Football team qualified for the knock-out stage of the ISSA Cup, after securing the GBC Premiership in an undefeated season, whilst the Firsts Girls Football team were crowned Champions at the Brisbane Christian Schools Football Championships.
Individuals have also excelled at the College.
- Hana Lingo won two gold medals at the Queensland School Swimming Championships.
- Whilst Mollie O’Callaghan won four gold medals at the National Schools Swimming Championships.
- Jade Hennessy was awarded the Queensland Triathlon Under 16 Female Athlete of the Year.
- Stephanie Gebert finished runner up in the 400m at the Queensland Athletics Championships.
- Darcy Prest was selected as Captain of the 15 Years Met West AFL team, whilst Shantay Morris was selected as Captain of the Queensland Equestrian Team.
- Scarlett Guest Carver, currently ranked number 4 in Australia, has qualified to compete at the Australian Youth Olympics Trials, ahead of the World Youth Olympics in 2018.
- Finally, Louis Dobbelaar became the youngest ever winner of the New Zealand Amateur Open Golf Championships in its 123-year history.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is an honor to stand before you this evening, and once again, proudly share the success and achievements of our students on what has been a busy year of sport.
Congratulations to all the students who have been involved in a very successful year.
Also on the subject of sport, I would like to take an opportunity to thank and recognise the great work of Mr Simon Newcomb OA who has for a number of years been very selfless in giving of his time, energy and expertise to oversee those TSAC students who have shown an interest in rowing.
Simon, who has a long and rich history with the sport including representing Australia as a part of the Coxless Fours in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, has been instrumental in building rowing numbers and played a part in Caitlyn Lythall being invited as part of the Performance Squad at Centenary Rowing to train for QLD and NSW State Championships early next year and also attend the National Championships in March 2018.
Thank you Simon, for all of your work.
Simon now steps away from rowing at TSAC, but leaves it in the capable hands of Mr Bob Mann, who will be the first President of the TSAC Rowers Support Group and I look forward to his contribution in growing the sport further in 2018 and beyond.
I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Twilight Markets next Saturday, 4 November.