The GEC Athletics team competed in the Beachside Division on Monday the 4th September. While the dark clouds loomed overhead at the Sandringham Athletics Club, threatening a torrential downpour, an absolute force of nature unleashed a storm of his own. Haddi El Shorbagy not only made it rain blue first place ribbons, he smashed records with such a force that you could actually hear them breaking like thunderclaps. He obliterated the previous discus record by 5.07m and set a new one at 30.96m. His javelin throw of 33.50 surpassed the previous record by 2.69m and his shot put of 13.72m was 1.38m better than the previous record. As he is only in Year 7, we look forward to watching Haddi’s GEC Athletics career continue to grow and develop, and we wish him good luck at the Southern Regional finals.
I have to say that I was absolutely impressed with all of the students who participated on the day. Every single student who competed in an event put their heart and soul into their effort and strived to achieve their best. It has been a difficult year for GEC Sport, as we have been without a Gym for over a year now, and the paddock space has not provided an ideal training area as we have had in previous years. Even though we have not had the training sessions that we have had in previous years, the sheer grit and determination of the GEC students shone through on the day – as can be seen by our extensive list of winners and place getters.
A special mention must be made to our Year 12 athletes – Charly Layton, Alex Christopoulos and Andrew Wilson. These students have been major contributors in sport at Glen Eira College. From all of us in the GEC community, we would like to say thank you for your effort, school pride and spirit that you have each displayed throughout your years at GEC. While your presence in the GEC team will be missed, we know you have passed the baton of your passion and pride for GEC sport to the younger students to carry on.
With the new Gym opening soon, coupled with the raw talent we have in our students, the forecast for GEC Sport is looking very bright. Watch this space in 2018…
GEC finished 5th overall on 526 points.
Boys Aggregate: Our boys finished in overall 2nd place to Melbourne High.
Girls Aggregate: Our girls finished in overall 6th place.
Age Group Champions
Haddi El Shorbagy 12-13 Boys (set three new records)
Ana Garcia Landeira 17 Girls
Charly Layton 18-20 Boys (even though he came last in 2 of the events…second place out of two runners!)
Winners and place getters
Haddi El Shorbagy: 1st Shot put, Javelin and Discus
Sofia Jorgovic: Discus
Lewis Morgan: Long Jump
Paul-Antoine Galliot: Triple Jump. 2nd 100m, 2nd High Jump
Caitlyn James: 1st hurdles, 2nd Long Jump
Eli Douek: 1st Long Jump 2nd Triple Jump
Ana Garcia Landeira: 1st 100m, 200m and 3rd 800m
Josh Agar: 1st Shot Put
Carlos Lyford: 1st Triple Jump and 3rd Javelin
Charly Layton: 1st 400m, 2nd 100m and 200m
Jared Freedman: 2nd 1500m, 3rd High Jump
Alexis Christopoulos: 2nd Discus and Javelin
Andrew Wilson: 2nd Shot Put
Emile Boulos: 2nd Hurdles
Lucas Vaidie: 2nd Shot Put
Dimitris Chrisoulis: 2nd Discus
Jenna Casamento: 3rd 100m and 400m
Phoenix Luedecke: 2nd Javelin
Raphael Aleksenitser: 2nd 800m
Aiden Crawford: 3rd 200m
Jazz Whittaker: 3rd 200m
Rosie Bitmead: 3rd 200m
Baptiste Mazuel: 3rd 400m
Jett Meadows: 3rd 400m
17 boys Corey Zielinski, Lewis Morgan, Coen McGinniss, Matthew Hobbs: 2nd 4x100m relay
18-20 boys Raphael Aleksenitser, Alex Christopoulos, Andrew Wilson, Charly Layton: 2nd 4x100m relay
Teaching and Learning Leader