Being elected as the 2019 Year 11 Sports Representative, my role in this position is to encourage those of my year level in thee participation of sport and, with the help of the other members of the Sports Committee, to provide games and competitions throughout the school year. My aim in this position is to increase participation in my year level by encouraging and providing fun and exciting games in which they can participate. In doing this, the goal would be to see the girls at the College becoming more motivated and joining in in as many sports teams and commitments as possible.
As we are halfway through Semester 1 and at the start of Term 2 I have personally seen some of girls from Year 11 - Sophia Cull, Ruby Quinn, Olivia McManus, Lauren Holding, Roxana Fuentes, and Sarah Galvin - to ask questions about their thoughts on the Mount Alvernia sports. Here are their responses:
In which sports are you currently partaking?
Olivia McManus: At the moment, I am doing soccer. But, in my time, I have done futsal, athletics, cross-country, boot camp, hockey, touch, and rugby 7s.
Lauren Holding: During the year, I usually represent the College in futsal, soccer, cross-country, and touch.
Sophia Cull: I am currently paying volleyball for the current trimester of sport.
Roxana Fuentes: I am planning on signing up for the new soccer season.
What do you enjoy most about participating in these sports, and what made you sign up to them?
Olivia McManus: I mostly enjoy the lifestyle when competing in the sports. The sports have all the benefits of physical activity producing endorphins and build a network of supportive, like-minded and positive friends. On top of this, participating in sports develops teamwork, leadership, listening, organisation, communication, and problem-solving skills.
Ruby Quinn: I enjoy participating in the College's sporting teams as it is social and fun.
Sarah Galvin: I enjoy school sports as it is a fun and friendly environment.
Lauren Holding: I enjoy participating is sports at the College as it is an opportunity to get fit in a fun and social environment.
What is it like representing Mt A at sport events and what is the atmosphere like?
Ruby Quinn: When representing the College there's no pressure for us to do super well; everyone understands that it's mainly for fun and we are trying our best.
Roxana Fuentes: When competing, there is no pressure to be the best and win every game, but to try your hardest and to push yourself.
Have any of you girls participated in a sport at the College which you had never played before? What motivated you to try this new sport?
Roxana Fuentes: Yes, I have just signed up for soccer and have never played it before. This will be an interesting experience as most of the girls in the team are in the same boat but, in the end, we will have stronger friendships and just have fun while getting some exercise.
Ruby Quinn: Yes, joining in new sports with friends - it’s an opportunity to do something new and learn new things.
Sarah Galvin: Yes, volleyball. I signed up to this sport because some of my friends were doing it and we wanted to have a fun team together.
Sophia Cull: I started volleyball in Year 9 for the first time as it is a very social sport in the College and I ended up having a lot of fun, and now I have been playing it for the past three years.
How has sport in the College affected you throughout the years at being here?
Roxana Fuentes: Since doing athletics every year at the College, everyone is very close and connected when we go to meets and when competing.
Sarah Galvin: Sports have affected me as I have become stronger and more fit from participating.
Ruby Quinn: Definitely, particularly in Year 7 I made lots of new friends from doing sport. I also learned valuable teamwork skills.
As seen in the responses from the group of Year 11 students, girls at the College enjoy the fun and social sporting environment - encouraging participation throughout all year levels and giving them an opportunity to build teamwork skills, make new friends, and keep fit. This is exactly what I wish to motivate the girls to do through my aim as sport rep.