Hi, I’m Samantha Galvin and, as a member of the 2019 Sport Committee, my aim this year is to have girls involved - to help everyone find a sport they love so they can let loose and have fun. I want to make sure that everyone feels motivated to participate in sport around the College and be involved in the co-curricular activities offered. I can do this by first starting with my year level - encouraging my friends and classmates to have a go and try out for a trimester sport that interests them, or join in lunchtime games or the Monday Mingles. By doing this I hope that, by the end of the year, more people will participate in sport and see it not as something they have to do, but something they want to do.
We are nearly halfway through the school year and the winter sports of Trimester 2 have begun. So I found Imogen Napier, a Year 9 girl, to ask her about her involvement in sport at Mt A. Here are her responses.
What sports do you currently play?
Netball for the school Open team and for club, also touch football in and out of school, as well as Athletics, Cross Country, and AFL.
What’s your favourite thing about playing sport in general?
I love being a part of a team, pushing myself to do the best I can, and achieving my goals. My sport teams are like my family; I love being able to train and catch up with other people who love sport just as much as me. Sport also helps to keep me fit and healthy and I can run around - what’s not to love?
Do you enjoy sport at Mount Alvernia? Why?
I love playing sport with my college because it’s a great way to stay connected with the community and have fun with my friends, without the pressure of upcoming exams and assignments. The atmosphere of playing for your college against other schools is very different to playing club; everyone is behind one another and we really become a team. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people from other games and just have fun.
Why do you continue to play sport at the College and in club? What makes you play your hardest and give 100%?
I continue to play sport, especially netball for club and at school, because it is something I love. It makes me happy when I play; the atmosphere you have at a sporting match is great, being able to say you helped your team get to a grand final is a great feeling, and I guess that’s why I always continue playing. As for giving 100% I try to make goals for myself, for the whole season or just one game. I want to be happy with my performance and come of the court out of breath because I tried the hardest; whether we win or lose doesn’t matter if I know I tried my hardest.
What’s a sporting achievement that you wish you can achieve by the end of high school?
I would obviously like to have achieved well in my sports, maybe even place well in an Athletics carnival. But my main goal would just be able to look back and not want to do anything differently, to be able to say that I put in 100% to all sports, and that I pushed myself by participating in sports I wouldn’t normally do, like AFL and Basketball.
It is clear from the answers to the questions above that Imogen really enjoys playing sport, especially in the fun and social environment of school. She is very motivated, loves playing all types of sports, and always has a go. This is one girl of many in Year 9 and in the College; this is exactly what I want to achieve as Sports Rep and help the whole year level to be as motivated as Imogen is.