St Clare’s College students represent Australia
St Clare’s students Keely Small (Year 11) and Abbey Webb (Year 12) represent- ed Australia at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires from 6 to 18 October. Keely Small had the honour of being the Australian team’s flag-bearer at the opening of the Youth Olympic Games. Australia’s Chef de Mission Evelyn Halls said “Small demonstrated the ideals of excellence, respect and sportsmanship, vital to lead Australia at the Youth Olympic level.” This was Keely’s second time repre- senting Australia on the world stage this year, earlier she competed at the Com- monwealth Games in the Gold Coast. Keely was a favourite going into the 800m race and in the final she dominated to win Australia’s fourth gold of the Games with a time of 2:04.76. “It hasn’t sunk in quite yet. This whole experience has been amazing, to be announced flagbearer and now see the Australian flag raised from on top of the podium with a gold medal – I’m so stoked.” Keely said. “It’s been a big year with Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics, but the big goal now is Tokyo 2020. I’ll get back into training when I’m home and have a good season to keep
working towards Tokyo.” Abbey Webb attended the 2018
Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Championships in late April 2018 as a result of her achievement at the event she was selected for the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Abbey participated in the Women’s 50m, 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, and Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay and the Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay. Abbey placed 5th in the 100m Freestyle and received a silver medal for Australia in the Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay. Abbey said “It was such a good experi- ence. It was just awesome, especially to win a medal in a relay, it is always better as everyone gets to experience the same thing.”
Boorowa sport carnival emphasises participation There’s an old Aussie saying that sport was the winner on
“We’ve had a few issues with parking, just the volume of traffic causes that, but other than that it’s gone really well… much better than last year. Most of the traffic had arrived here much earlier this year.” “And we’ve been gifted with an absolutely perfect day,” said St Joseph’s Principal, Brendan Maynard. “The sun’s out, there’s a cool breeze and every one made it here safely. It’s a little bit drier this year and with the wind there’s a little bit of dust, but you know what, it’s great for the city kids to see what it’s like out this way.” The biggest change for this year was the construction of new amenities including a new facility and new fields to accommodate more teams. “We only got the keys yesterday so it’s been down to the wire,” said Julie Harton, the co-ordinator from St Joseph’s. “However, the new facility has made a huge difference and everything is working perfectly thanks to the hard work from all involved with its preparations and construction” There’s another famous saying, that it takes a village to raise a child and it truly takes the town of Boorowa to run this event that sees 7,000 people visit the town with a population of 1,500, for a day. “We have huge support from our schools. Our parents, grandparents and the P&C committees that worked very hard behind it to giving up their time to raise funds for our schools,” Brendan Maynard said. “Also the secondary students from Boorowa Central School who work here all day helping as ground officials and helping
While points are scored in individual games, there are no championships or competition winners in this tournament where participation truly is the focus. “The formula is working,” said Boorowa Central School Principal, Paula Hambly. “It’s been a success every year and it was a great success this year.” The event, which has been running for more than 25 years in its current format and is a co-production of St Joseph’s Primary School and Boorowa Central School, continues to grow and the logistics alone are mind-boggling. There were over 4,500 participants and another 2,500 adults, assistants and volunteers. A total of 434 teams took part - made up of 246 touch footy teams and 188 netball teams. The games are played on 27 touch football fields and 26 netball courts with 19 rounds played from 9am through to 3pm. If any game is even 1 minute over time, the domino effect impacts on all following games. Then you have to park all of these cars, feed all of those people… But despite its enormity, the day ran, and always runs, smoothly like a well-oiled machine. “It’s all gone very well,” said Julie Poplin, a co-ordinator from Boorowa Central School. the day, and it’s par ticularly true of the Boorowa Touch Football & Netball Carnival.
with refereeing… a full day out in the sun making sure it runs well,” said Julie Poplin. “And not just the schools,” chipped in Paula Hambly. “Many of the Volunteers here have nothing to do with the schools. They get here early, help with the parking, man the BBQ or put their hands up for whatever else is needed. We just couldn’t do it without them.” The organising committee also wanted to praise the Hilltops Council for a range of
assistance without which they said the event couldn’t even take place. But for now, they can put their feet up. For two weeks, anyway. “We’ll debrief in the next two weeks then straight back into planning for 2019,” said Paula Hambly. And so it will also happen again on the 25th October 2019! See you in Boorowa!
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