Students and staff have been working hard behind the desk and in the great outdoors over the past fortnight. See our social media channels to see some of our staff getting their daily dose of exercise and mindfulness, with some attempting to complete some of the challenges set for our students.
It would be remiss of me not to stress the importance of daily exercise and mindfulness activities. With the increased screen time and social isolation, going for a family walk, completing yoga, stretching or meditation activities are vitally important to keep everyone’s spirits up, whilst improving our physical and mental health.
Please post your #1000PointChallenge to your Teams Sports class and look out for everyone else’s to ensure we support each other during this important initiative.
The Primary and Secondary HRIS Athletics Carnivals have been moved to early Term 4. For those selected in the College Team, and for our Year 12 students, more information will be sent to you in the coming days.
The College is blessed to have a number of the amazing staff that ply their trade within the classroom. This week we take a closer look at one of our staff members, Mr Craig O’Brien, and see that his skills don’t stop with algebraic equations, they hit the track at pace.
Athlete Profile Mr Craig O’Brien
What sports did you play growing up?
I did athletics, rugby league, and soccer
What sport did you gravitate to the most?
Athletics – mainly 400m/800m running
When did you realise you had a talent for running?
I started running when I was 12 and one night at Little Athletics I won the 800m race by heaps and I thought “that was easy” I might keep trying this. So I did.
Where did you train?
I grew up in Western Sydney, so I trained out that way at Doonside and Blacktown, and when the tracks got made at Homebush, I trained there.
What were some of your achievements?
I kept improving right through high school, and when I was in Year 12, I finally won the State Title for 800m. That same year I won the NSW All Schools 800m and competed at the Pacific Schools Games where I finished second, competing against all of Australia and surrounding nations.
I won my first Open Title when I was 20.
Competed at National championships a few times, won the 4 x 400m relay for NSW in ‘93
Just missed the Olympic Athletics Team in 1996.
What was your motivation?
I enjoyed my sport. I had a great coach and many friends and support. It gave me direction to try my best, live a healthy lifestyle and I always set goals for myself each year to achieve.
Advice for our students…
Find something you enjoy doing, no matter what it is, and see how far you can go! I look back now and go “that was awesome”, and skills I learnt then I apply to my life every day.
College Sport Coordinator & Year 5 Teacher