News from Sport
Loreto Regatta 2016
St Catherine’s Junior and Intermediate Crews had a great day at the 2016 Loreto Regatta.
This past Saturday 12 November, St Catherine’s Junior and Intermediate crews competed at their first regatta for the 2016-2017 Rowing season, at the Loreto Regatta held in Geelong.
Both Junior and Intermediate squads performed the most successful single Junior/Intermediate Regatta St Catherine’s School has seen.
In the Juniors, 7/8 crews qualified for their A Finals. There were also three Division wins, by the Sylvia Walton crew (coached by Ainsley Raggatt), Spirit of Heyington crew (coached by Kate Steven) and the Holmes Kilbride crew (coached by Lucy Gullifer).
The Intermediate crews all qualified for their A Final before Rowing Victoria called off the Finals of the Regatta due to high winds.
This is the first time St Catherine’s School Rowing has qualified a crew for an A Final in every Division we have entered and all coxed quad divisions held by a regatta.
However, most importantly, our students and coaches were excellent in their processes. They prepared well for each event, being highly organised and coaches taking excellent care of the equipment. Students performed with pride – some being very happy with their rows when they felt they had their best performance, others hungry to improve if they felt they didn’t have their best row (whether they finished first or not).
The girls also demonstrated high degrees of professionalism, in having fun, respecting each other, their coaches and the equipment – especially our Intermediates who were highly disappointed that their Finals were cancelled due to the weather.
It was an amazing day with fantastic support from the Junior and Intermediate parent group. Rachel Robertson, as President of the Heyington Club, spent the day at the parent marquee and reported a fantastic time had by all. It is great to see and hear about our parents having fun!
We are looking forward to seeing the Senior and Intermediate crews compete at the Melbourne Head Regatta on 19 November.
Go St Catherine’s!
Mr David Fraumano
Head Coach of Rowing Program
Alexandra Demetriou Set to Represent Victoria
Exciting news over the weekend, Year 7 student Alexandra Demetriou has been selected by Athletics Victoria to represent her state at the Athletics Australia All Schools Championships taking place in the first weekend of December.
Alexandra will race in the 800m, competing against some of the best junior middle distance runners from around the county.
Alexandra’s selection is an outstanding achievement not only for herself personally, but for the entire Athletics program at St Catherine’s.
Alexandra will be the third school-girl athlete, developed purely from our School Athletics Program to qualify to compete at a national level this year.
It has been many years since St Catherine’s has had representation at the Australian All Schools and her selection follows in the footsteps of some outstanding St Catherine’s Old Girls including Lauren Hewitt (’96), who still holds the Under 18 Australian All Schools meet record for the 100m. Alexandra will continue to put in the hard work through St Catherine’s Running Group training over the next three weeks in preparation for the championships.
Mr Lloyd Knight
Sport & Athlete Development Coordinator
Diving Instruction from Olympian
Girls from the upper Years of our Junior School and the Senior School have been very privileged to be coached by one of Australia’s top divers and Olympic medallist, Anabelle Smith.
During lunchtimes the Marigold Southey Sports & Aquatic Centre pool deck has been buzzing with excited young divers over the last few weeks – as well as many on-lookers peering through the glass windows, to hone their diving techniques.
The girls have learnt valuable skills and expanded their repertoire during these sessions. Word quickly spread and the numbers increased over the sessions offered.
It was a fantastic opportunity to be taught by such a talented young diver and coach.
Mrs Jenny De Nardis
Barbreck Physical Education Teacher
Water Polo – Match 3 Report
St Catherine’s strong win over MLC, scoring 10 goals to 4 leads them closer to achieving one of their goals this season – to reach finals.
Our Team consists of some experienced players but also many players who are very new to the sport. All players agreed before the match that our success depended on “each girl doing their job.”
I can certainly report that they achieved this. There is no need for special mention of players as each girl contributed to this great win!
Year 8 – Thalia Barbayannis, Jane Fenton, Charlotte Gough, Sophie Hogan, Alexandra Lidstrom, Isobel Tanner and Romilly Walker.
Year 7 – Lucy Campbell, Sophie Gough, Isabella Hornor, Ella Johns and Clementine Newton-Brown.
Next week we play Siena at St Catherine’s Marigold Southey Sports & Aquatic Centre and a win in this match will see the Team qualify for the finals in the following week. These finals will be played at MSAC.