Welcome back to another term of Sport at Knox - one which kick starts this Saturday with Gala Day, a day in the school calendar that is enjoyed by all.

It is a busy day, for any student who not only meets their sport commitment by playing for their team or sport but also support the day through their other co-curricular activities, and I would like to acknowledge the effort that both parents and students put in to do all these activities and make the day the success that it is.

Over the last 2 weeks of holidays there have been four Sports tours, one for the Prep and three for the Senior school. Please see reports in this Bulletin. These events are an important part of the KSA’s goals and provide opportunity for students to experience their Sport in a different way. It also provides opportunity for students sometimes to experience different cultures and other countries.

Also during the holidays the Athletic Development Centre was open and many students took the opportunity to utilize this area, as well as various camps for a number of Sports. I hope that those who availed themselves of these opportunities both benefited and enjoyed their experiences.

This week sees our Divers and Swimmers compete for the CAS at the NSW CIS Championships and I wish them all the very best. I also wish students who will be representing Knox at next week’s NSW U15 AFL trials all the best for the day.

This term will see school host the Knox Track and Field championships and in weeks 2 and 3 at the Friday student Assemblies nomination forms will be handed out to any student who wishes to be involved. Knox has a long and proud history of Track and Field success both within the CAS and outside and it relies on the depth of its programme to ensure that this continues and I therefore encourage and enthuse any student who has ambitions and a desire to be involved in our Track & Field programme to take the opportunity to register to compete at this event.

I welcome St Joseph’s College to the school this week-end for our Saturday fixtures and I know they along with all Knox students and family members will enjoy a great day at Gala Day.
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'You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.'
Michael Jordan

Westhuizen leads the NSW Juniors at National All Schools Championships in Hervey Bay

Mitch Westhuizen (Year 8) has continued his sensational form and placed a creditable 7th place in the 2016 Australian All Schools Triathlon Championships in Hervey Bay, North Queensland this week.

Westhuizen who was representing NSW for his first time, showed his great swimming form from the CAS season to lead the field out of the water with 42 of Australia’s best triathletes strung out behind him. 

After a trademark clean transition, Mitch fought hard in unfavorable cycling conditions. “The swim was good but in the bike leg I was getting blown around”, Westhuizen said.

Coming off the bike Westhuizen transitioned well to set up his last effort on the run leg. “It (the run leg) was hard. I found myself alone but felt really good throughout”.

Westhuizen, although very tired from a hard ride, still recorded one of the best run legs of the field and was strong to the finish to secure a memorable 7th place in his first national championships.

Day two of the Championships saw states and territory’s go head to head in the traditional relay events. Using a modified sprint course, respective state and territory teams were formed to conclude the final morning of competition.

Westhuizen was the anchor leg of the top NSW junior team who all performed well and secured a bronze medal to top off a fantastic two days of competition. 

Mitch will now enjoy a short break before setting himself up for the Knox Cross Country Season and the CAS Track and Field season later this year.
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Success for Angus Laurie – Year 10

Over late February through March to early April Angus competed in the CrossFit Open. The CrossFit Open is a five week five workout online competition held at CrossFit gyms around the world. Angus competed in the 14-15yrs teenage division and placed first in Australia and 11th worldwide.

In April he competed at the NSW Under 17 Weightlifting Championships where he placed second in the under 77kg Category snatching 70kg and Clean & Jerking 90kg finishing with a total of 160kg.   Angus is now looking to make the qualifying lifts for the Australian Junior Titles to be held later in the year in Brisbane.

The following weekend Angus competed in the NSW Senior Gymnastics Championships. After the six events Angus was crowned NSW Level 8 Open Champion with Gold in Floor, Pommel and High Bar, Silver on Rings and Parallel Bars and Bronze on Vault. 

Angus is now looking forward to competing as part of the NSW Team at the National Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne in May.
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No Dogs Allowed Policy

To improve safety of the students and visitors to the school, we have a No Dogs Allowed policy. Dogs are prohibited, leashed or unleashed, on school grounds, unless they are assistance dogs, security patrol dogs or police dogs.

Dogs may not be brought onto any Knox Grammar School property, including the Prep and Senior School campuses and all playing fields, including Curagul and Gillespie Fields.

Signage has been installed and our Security Team has been asked to let parents and carers know that we are a dog-free school. If you bring a dog onto school property, you may be approached by the School's Security Team and asked to leave.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding on this safety initiative.

Rugby - Prep

Mr Stephenson, MIC Rugby

Prep Rugby Camp April 2016
For most school kids, holidays represent a time to relax and rest, away from the ‘busyness’ of school life. For a small group of keen and emerging Prep rugby boys however, this was never an option.

19 students from Years 3-6 participated in a three-day camp in the last week of the holidays held at Lower Gillespie Fields. The camp encompassed a number of fun and challenging activities centred on skill development and game awareness. 

Not surprisingly, boys of all ages were most excited and enthusiastic about the contact elements of the camp, which is perhaps a symptom of their age more than anything. What was particularly interesting however was how quickly and keenly they took to the skill of kicking. Over the course of the camp the boys were taught and challenged to execute a number of different types of rugby kicks including the drop-punt, grubber, and drop kick. The coaches were impressed and somewhat surprised (particularly with the younger age group) by their ability to execute a skill that often is not widely introduced or practiced until more senior levels of rugby. 

As with all holiday camps however, the most pleasing aspect of the week was seeing the boys develop friendships and partnerships within and across age groups. Their capacity to work collectively had improved immensely by the end of the camp, which will undoubtedly hold all boys in good stead for the team-focused elements of rugby. 

Thanks to parents, players and coaches alike for a great three days.
 
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Year 6 Prep Boys Tour Gold Coast

The April School holidays saw 70 Year 6 boys and 10 staff/coaches tour the Gold Coast, representing Knox in AFL, Football and Rugby for five days.

Staying at Runaway Bay Super Sports Centre the boys were immersed in training and recovery sessions, team building activities, games against local schools and Clubs, fun games with team mates, nights out to the movies and the Australian Outback Spectacular Show and finishing with a day at Wet ‘n Wild them park.

The boys strengthened relationships within their year group and sport whilst away and made new friends with the players from The Southport School, Somerset College, Surfers Paradise Rugby & AFL Club, Palm Beach Currumbin Rugby Club, Pac Power AFL, Helensvale Hogs Rugby, and the Total Football Academy teams and coaches.

A fantastic experience for all boys and staff!
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

Congratulations to Lachlan McKimm for placing 3rd with the NSW Metro team at the U/18 National Championships in Adelaide last week.

Lachlan starred in the bronze medal playoff game against South Australia Metro finishing the game with 13 points which rounded off a fantastic tournament for Lachlan.
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Football

Mr Steve Roche, MIC Football

A very busy School holiday for Football with two 3 day camps training sessions for 9As 10As 1st and 2nds along with five trial games.

The camps were a great opportunity for the boys to tune up their skills leading into the season which over 150 boys took advantage of! The camps concentrate on individual skills with 1v1s and 2v2s making up a major part in the first two days before the favourite mini World Cup that takes place on the final day.

Five trial matches were spread out over the two week break with the 1st XI playing two of them, coming up with wins in both, 4-1 against Knox United and a 7-1 win against Hills Brumbies Rep team.

Year 10 played two matches also against the 2nd XI which was a hard fought 2-2 draw and a loss against North Shore Mariners 16s Reps.

Year 9As played their trial Vs Northern Suburbs Football Regional Reps and came up with a 2-1 win. After numerous chances Harry Borbilas headed home the winner in the final minutes from a Ronan Kennedy cross.
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Rugby

The rugby program has completed a worthwhile period of preparation during Term I and the holidays.
The training has been productive and St Augustine’s College provided strong opposition in the first trial matches of the season. The 1st XV and 2nd XV played Marist College Ashgrove and the U13’s played St Joseph’s College in further trial matches.

A busy holiday period provided the opportunity for the U13 and U14 age groups to attend training camps while the U15’s toured Queensland and the Opens and U16’s completed a tour of New Zealand.  

The U15 tour of Queensland was extremely successful. A squad of 32 players travelled to Brisbane and then transferred to Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast which was to be their home for six days. Training was quite tough on the first day and a very long day of training was completed on day two before more specialised and team training was completed in the lead up to the fixtures with St Edmund’s College Ipswich. All players responded well to the challenges of the training program and were very keen and excited to play the match. The hard work and dedication had the two Knox teams well prepared. The benefit of greater playing experience was evident throughout both matches. The Knox teams exhibited good set piece and some well organised attacking structure. In the 15B match the first half was quite tight but Knox displayed good ball control and was prepared to play wide when the opportunity was available finding space and scoring some very fine tries. The final result was 38 – 7. The 15A’s were clinical in their execution and some excellent defence shut down the ball carriers of St Edmund’s. A very solid performance with and without the ball resulted in a 31 – 7 win. These two performances are most encouraging in the lead up to the season ahead.

 
The tour was not all work and the boys had the opportunity to enjoy the beach, a night at the movies and a day at Wet and Wild. The 32 boys were outstanding throughout the tour and will have benefited from the intensive six days of rugby.

Firsts Rugby and Football Supporters
It is a tradition that our Year 7 and 8 boys attend to support either our 1st Football or 1st XV Rugby teams during the CAS competition when they are playing at home.  We ask boys to attend the Football at 11.15am at Curagul or the Rugby at 3.15pm at Knox 1.  Boys are to show their support by wearing either full school uniform or full tracksuit.  

We understand that boys might be playing school sport at this time, and are therefore unable to attend.  If you are unable to attend a 1st Football or Rugby game please contact Mrs Liz Smith at smithl@knox.nsw.edu,.au 

This does not include Gala Day, this Saturday 30 April.   However we encourage students to come along and support their school and teams throughout the day.  

Home Games in Terms 2 and 3  
Saturday 14 May 
Saturday 21 May 
Saturday 18 June 
Saturday 6 August 
Saturday 13 August  
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Snow Sports

Mr Michael Reardon, MIC Snow Sports

Regional Competition
A reminder that entries for Regionals close this Friday for all students - click here for the competition form.

Knox Snow Sports and Trip - 3-10 July 2016

The trip will encompass skiing and boarding at Thredbo with the ability to advance competition skills through the Knox Snow Sport Ski/Board program.  

There are still places available - click here for more information.

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Swimming and Diving

NSW PSSA Swimming & Diving Championships
The NSW PSSA Swimming & Diving Championships were held at SOPAC on 6-7 April.

Eleven Knox boys (Benji Allen, Charlie Anderson, Henry Anderson, Tyler Harris, Jacques Horbach, John Lagunowich, Ryan Manuel,  Will McDonagh, Xander Mercer, Angus Rowe, Marcus Walsh,) represented NSW Independent Schools in swimming and diving competing up against the best in the State. Many of the boys achieved personal best times and scores for their dives. 

Congratulations to these boys who were placed in the top three in the State.
Bronze medallists –  Benji Allen (11yrs 50m breaststroke), Ryan Manuel (8yrs Springboard) and our Junior Relay (Marcus Walsh, Tyler Harris, John Lagunowich & Henry Anderson) 

Finalists – Charlie Anderson (11yrs 50m butterfly, Henry Anderson (Junior backstroke) & Angus Rowe (11yrs 50m backstroke)

Congratulations to Benji Allen who will go onto represent NSW at the School Sport Australia Championships later in the year.
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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

During the April holidays Knox tennis set up a FAST 4 TENNIS Tournament held at the Prep Tennis Courts. There was a great turn out of players with a few different divisions.

The boys showed great improvement as the days progressed and all had a great attitude on the court towards one another.
This tournament was a great way for the boys to get more match practise in a fun environment, which will help them personally in their tennis in the long run and also to help aid the quality and depth in the school tennis.

Well done to Avinash Mirando on winning division 1 singles event beating Cohen Rinas who played exceptionally well the whole tournament. Also a well done to all other players who attended the tournament with all winning some great prizes.

There was also a Red Ball tournament for our K-2 boys with only a few that could make it. It was still great to see the younger age group eager and interested in tournament tennis already and looking promising for the future of tennis at Knox.
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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

Track & Field Championships
The Knox Grammar Track & Field Championships will be held 22 June at Sydney Olympic Park. Nomination forms will be available at Friday morning assemblies in the first two weeks of term.

Please complete and return by Monday of Week 4 (16 May).  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Mr Andrew Ferris on ferrisa@knox.nsw.edu.au.

Knox will also be attending the Downunder Track & Field Championships on the Gold Coast 8-10 July.  If your son is interested in this event, please contact me via email ferrisa@knox.nsw.edu.au.

Looking forward to a great term as preparations for the CAS season continue.

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Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
Prep: 9901 7982
Senior: 9901 7701
Online: Download the 'Prep Skoolbag' or 'Senior School Skoolbag app' - search 'Knox Grammar' in the app store
Sport fixtures are advertised on the fixture schedule on the Knox Portal.

These fixtures can change due to many factors and changes after 3pm on Fridays due to wet weather, cancellations or forfeits will be advertised on the sports info website and wet weather number. 
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Boarder Travel to Sport

Any boarder who needs assistance with travel arrangements to each Saturdays sport should check with their coach to assist in arranging transport.
Where this has not been successful then students should check with their housemaster to assist with arrangements.
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Mouthguards

It is school policy that we recommend all students wear mouthguards for training and games for AFL, Football and Rugby.

Coaches have been asked to check that students have them as training will be modified if they do not have them.  


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