In cold, blustery conditions, and with the threat of rain ever present, McGuire College held its annual Athletics Carnival on Monday September 4th. The carnival took place at the newly refurbished Shepparton Athletics Track which, despite the conditions, certainly lifted the spirits of everyone involved. Plenty of colourful clothing and House Spirit also aided in distracting everyone from the Arctic like winds.
Competition got underway in the morning with students competing in the field event rotations. Events conducted included Shot Put, Discus, Long Jump, Triple Jump and the running of the 800m events. There were some fantastic results recorded, despite the gale force winds in effect, and competition was tight between the houses.
The afternoon session would normally act as the encore performance leading to the crescendo of the House Relay events, however on this occasion Mother Nature had other ideas and just as the first of the 200m events had commenced, the heavens opened, causing the day to be abandoned.
As if to rub salt in to the wounds of this Sports Coordinator, as the last of the students were climbing aboard their buses bound for school, the skies cleared and the sun shone brightly through!!
Despite this disappointment, it was great to see such excitement and enjoyment from all who took part. Students and staff alike. Challenging days such as these really demonstrate our amazing school spirit. A fact we should all be proud of.
I’d like to make special mention of 3 individual performances that stood out as exceptional from our carnival. Hannah Bilney set a new record in the girls 12-13 year high jump of 1.50m, breaking the old mark of 1.37m that had stood since 1991. An amazing achievement. She was involved in the best high jump competition I’ve witnessed at McGuire with herself and Zaylee Newham pushing each other to new heights. Zaylee also managed to equal the previous record during the completion.
Amy Lyle also set a new record in the
14 year girls high jump with a jump of 1.46, breaking the old mark set in 2000 of 1.36m.
These three girls produced exceptional performances and it is great to see such long standing records being broken by our students.
Carnival Results – despite the shortened carnival, there was a winning house determined.
1st Place – TEAL 1,130 points
2nd Place – HERON 1,089 points
3rd Place – CRANE 765 points
4th Place – SWAN 723 points
12-13 Years – Zaylee Newham & Lachie McCully
14 Years – Amy Lyle & Mohammad Alsaber
15 Years – Emily Chalmers & Benji Jenkin
16 Years – Kayla Dibella & Corey Reardon
17 Years – Maddi Newey & Daniel Daldy
18-20 Years – Awathim Haroun & Dylan Best
Congratulations to all champions!
Formerly known as the Eastern Zone Championships, the Goulburn Murray District of School Sports Victoria held their annual athletics carnival. This carnival is the interschool competition in which McGuire College competes. The GMDSSV draws athletes from 10 schools in our region including McGuire College, Shepparton H.S, Wanganui Park S.C, Mooroopna S.C, Notre Dame College, Shepparton Christian School, Numurkah S.C, Cobram S.C, Cobram Anglican Grammar and Rushworth P12.
On Thursday 7th September, athletes from the GMDSSV assembled at the newly renovated Shepparton Athletics Track to compete for the chance to advance to the Hume Region Finals in October. As with our school carnival the weather looked ominous, however some good luck meant the rain held out to allow for some fantastic competition.
2017 saw McGuire College represented by some 56 athletes. This was by far the biggest contingent to represent our school in my time as Sports Coordinator, and once again demonstrated the school spirit and pride of our students. Once again the attitude of our students was only matched by their performance, with many outstanding individual efforts recorded, as well as several instances of students digging deep to gain points for our school despite not competing in their favoured event. There were a number of excellent performances which I would like to highlight.
Once again, Amy Lyle broke our school record in the 14 year High Jump, clearing 1.53m, lifting the mark she set only days earlier of 1.46m. A fantastic effort! Amy now holds the all-time record for any female age group at McGuire.
Queney Fonoia won 2 first places in both the 18-20 year Shot Put and Discus events, defeating her nearest rival by significant margins. A dominant display of power and skill.
I would like also to congratulate the following students who won through to the Hume Region Finals in October. Hannah Bilney, Amy Lyle, Roy Tulimofono, Kayla Dibella, Sahar Elnour, Floyd Vincitorio, Benji Jenkin, Lachie McCully, Shalom Saitaua, Zaillie Dempster and Queney Fonoia. Well done!