Sports Corner

Welcome back to all of our students and the college community. I hope you had an enjoyable break and had the opportunity to spend some time in the great outdoors doing some exercise. The weather certainly encouraged it.

This term we continue with online Sport for our students and look forward to having everyone back in a face-to-face capacity shortly. Students will complete weekly challenges during online Sport time and are encouraged to participate in some physical exercise or mindfulness on a daily basis. As recommended by the Australian Government Department of Health, students aged 5-17 should be participating in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise on a daily basis’. Whilst that may seem like a lot, the myriad of social, emotional, intellectual, and health benefits encourage us all to schedule this time for our children and provides us with an opportunity to spend some time together when doing activities such as walking or bike riding.

During week 1, students completed the ‘Walk, Run, Ride Challenge’, working as a class team to amass as many minutes as possible. This was followed by the ‘Train Like a Pro Surfer Challenge’ in Week 2. It has been great to see the students engage with the challenges and more importantly, use the allocated sport time to get away from their device and complete physical activity. This week’s challenge is the ‘Great Outdoors Challenge’.

Unfortunately, due to the circumstances, we find ourselves in, all HRIS events have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. It is a disappointing way to finish off the representative year of sport, but the safety and welfare of all students is paramount.

At the end of Term 3, we recorded the first interview for the ‘BTAC Sports Corner Broadcast’, in which our talented student, Ella Smith, told of her journey thus far in the sport. Ella discusses the people that have inspired her along the way, her achievements and goals, and the way in which she has managed her training whilst under restrictions. Ella was able to address the importance that keeping fit and healthy has on her mental health and encouraged others to be active as well. She spoke with wisdom beyond her years at times, and whilst we are working on changing her allegiance to the Diamonds (Netball) rather than The Silver Ferns, we wish her all the success and will be supporting her all the way. To watch the full interview, click on the following link.

 Ella Smith.mp4

Last week, I was informed of some amazing news that one of our young sportsmen received. Billy Eick has been retained in the Under 18 Newcastle Jets Squad for the 2022 season. A huge achievement and we send our congratulations to you Billy! This comes off the back of an impressive 2021 season in which Billy managed to score 4 goals from his position of Centre Midfield. A keen soccer player since he was 6 years old, he has been a regular part of the rep programs through his teens and will be our next athlete featured on ‘BTAC Sports Corner Broadcast’. Keep an eye out on the College’s social media channels over the coming week.

Some late news came through this week regarding one of our talented sporting families. Both Dylan and Ryan Bonham have been selected in the U/17 and U/16 Sydney Swans Academies respectively, for the 2021/2022 program. This is a huge achievement for the boys and they should be proud of their efforts. These age groups are at the pointy end of a junior rep player’s development and gaining a position is extremely tough. We wish you both all the success and look forward to hearing how you are progressing over the coming 12 months.

If you have any sports news you would like to share, please feel free to email eddyr@btac.nsw.edu.au . We love celebrating the achievements of our students with you all.

Keep active and I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

 

Rob Eddy

College Sport Coordinator & Year 5 Teacher