So we thought Sport was over…but even though the winter season for the other sports had finished, there was still plenty to be involved with and proud of.

Firstly, the Squash Grand finals. With 12 teams competing in the grand finals I congratulate all those involved and well done to the 10 teams that won. This is a fantastic achievement and the strongest showing by Knox boys at Squash that has ever been. The 1sts and 2nds were two of those teams that won and I congratulate them on their commitment, especially those boys who are in the middle of their trials.

On Sunday our Orienteering students went to compete in the NSW Schools Championship and I am pleased and proud to report that this small team won the state championship for the 28th time. This is an incredible achievement and record and one for the school to be rightfully proud of.

Also, we had many students involved in the State Snow Sports championships from Year 3 to Year 12. These boys have done exceptionally well with 6 teams qualifying for the national snowsports championships shortly. I look forward to seeing how they all go at these championships.

Finally, we had those involved in the Track & Field invitational at SOPAC on Saturday. This meet was well supported by all students it was great to see the numbers involved. I wish those involved in this week’s schools knock out all the best and with only two and a half weeks to go until the CAS championships I encourage all those who should be involved to be involved.

So even when you think it is over – it’s never over! Sport continues - trials have started for 1st and 2nds summer teams, training trials have started for larger sports and we have the Track & Field championships coming up. I would like to congratulate all those involved last week-end, and whether you won or lost congratulations and well done on how you represented the school. Go the Black and the Blue!
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'Every day brings new choices.'
Martha Beck

Snow Sports - Prep

Please see the Snow Sports notice in the Senior School section.

Track and Field - Prep

Good luck to the Prep School boys competing at IPSHA this week.

AGM Information

Tuesday 6 September – Basketball Supporters AGM, 7.00pm, KG1 Classroom 7.00pm

Sport training and activities for the rest of Term 3

Week 7
Training for 1sts and 2nds teams continue, please check the Portal. Period 7 Sport commences for Years 7 – 10. Students are reminded to get changed at lunch-time into PDHPE gear.
Track and Field commenced in Week 5 and students who still wish to be involved should contact Mr Andrew Ferris
Period 7 sport for summer will formally commence from week 7.

Orienteering

Mr Dylan Sherman, MIC Orienteering

State Finals
The Knox Orienteering team have successfully maintained their title as the NSW state champion Secondary School team.
On Sunday, 14 orienteers from Knox competed in various division at the state finals, held at Mirrambeena Regional Park. Congratulations to the entire team for competing with integrity and professionalism, this was recognised by the competition organisers with great appreciation. 

Well done to the following orienteers who achieved top 3 placings on the day:
- Thomas Gordon - first in M17+A (highest division on the day)
- Ewan Shingler - second in M14A
- Dhruv Hariharan  - second in M13A
- Toshan Tan - third in M13A
- Mitchell Barker - third in M14B
- William Liu - third in M15A
- Oliver Gordon - third in M15B (a phenomenal result given Oliver was meant to run the M13 course and ended up running with orienteers 2 years older)
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Snow Sports

Mr Michael Reardon, MIC Snow Sports

Interschools Regional Snowsports Championships
Knox’s raging success at the Interschools Regional Snowsports Championships during the July holidays, with over 6,000 competitors from 330 schools, 16 Knox teams and 34 individual Knox competitors qualified at the NSW State Interschools Snowsports Championships over the last few days at Thredbo.

Brilliant weather and great snow conditions enabled 6 Knox Snowsports teams to successfully qualify for the National Championships to be held in two weeks time at Perisher. 

We kicked off the week with a Cross Country race for legends with our very own Spencer Walker-Broose championing a strong top 25 finish setting the scene for the racers to follow. 

The snowboarders were first to compete with the competition tougher that ever. Powering forward, we saw our very own Mac Omm not only podium with Bronze along with team members; William James and Jacques Du Plooy for Boarder-cross but also individually in Snowboard GS with our Division 1 team joining them there!

What a spectacular show from our boarders.

Alpine and Moguls kicked off shortly after with Luke Bowers leading the men of Moguls - Seb McCaughey and Tom Salerno - to a brilliant top 6 finish while our legends of the week, Division 4 boys - William Constable, Michael Salerno and Travis Cox - qualifying for both of their events, walking away with a team bronze for Alpine.

Teams that have qualified for Nationals include Division 4 (Year 5 and 6) Alpine and Skier X teams, Division 3 (Year 7 and 8) Mogul and Snowboard X teams, as well as Division 1 (Year 11 and 12) Snowboard and Alpine teams. In particular, special mention to the Division 4 Alpine team and the Division 3 Snowboard X team whom both placed third. Special individual mention also to Mac Omm who was the second fastest racer in the Snowboard X and fourth in Snowboard, as well as Luke Bowers who placed fifth in Moguls in Division 3. 

Congratulations to all State Knox boys for a fantastic effort and great sportsmanship, as well as staff and parents for helping assist at this wonderful event. 

We look forward to great competition at the Nationals in Perisher.

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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

NSW Squash Grand Finals
A magnificent day at the Finals. Starting with the 1sts winning 3 – 0 in a fantastic match and becoming the best team in NSW: B Arnold, N You Lee, V Kumar.

The other winning teams were :

Teams 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 15, 16, 21 and 22.  

Valiant runner up teams were:

Teams 3, 7, 8, 12, 14, 17 and 19.  
Winning 10 out of the 12 divisions.  

All boys played exceptionally well, with Knox dominating most divisions all season.  Their dedication to training, their excellent sportsmanship, their willingness to step in and help, they are Sportsmen to be proud of.  Well done boys on your win.
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Swimming and Diving

2016 NSW State Age Championship
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC), Friday-Sunday 26-28 August 2016
From more than 100 swim clubs from the whole of NSW, about 1100 swimmers competed at SOPAC in this year’s winter State Championships. 30 Knox swimmers were competing across the three days.

Jack Ryan (Year 11) had a great meet winning three freestyle Gold medals in 50m (23.24 sec), 100m (50.74 sec) and 200m (1:52.06).

Joshua Collett (Year 7) broke the NSW record for the 12yr 100m breaststroke (1:09.53), Josh also won Silver in the 200m breaststroke, and two Bronze medals in 200m medley and 50m freestyle.

Carrying on our breaststroke surge, was Shane Ting (Year 8) winning the 13yr 200m breaststroke (2:34.55) and winning Silver in the 13yr 100m breaststroke.

Also on top of the dais was Ethan Hansen (Year 8) with winning the 13yr 200m fly (2:16.19).

With an excellent 200m backstroke (2:13.74) Tyler Krenkels (Year 7) won the 13yr event. Tyler also won Bronze in the 100m event too.

Rounding out our Gold medal performances was the 18/under 4 x 50m freestyle team of Kaea Bidois (Year 11), Jack Ryan, Andrew Hemsworth (Year 12) and Will Yang (year12). The boys smashed a NSW record by over 1.5 seconds in winning the race.

Our 15/under boys freestyle team of Lachlan Kelly (Year 9), Sydney Robertson (Year 10), George Zhu (Year 9) and Antonio Matruglio (Year 9) won our final medal of the meet, when they won the Silver.

Congratulations to the following students who all qualified for the Championships:
Benjamin Allen (Year 5), Henry Anderson (Year 4), Louis Bebb (Year 7), Kaea Bidois (Year 11), Charlie Bladon (Year 8), Mark Buddee, Joshua Collett (Year 7), Sam Druce (Year 9), Jack Edie (Year 10), Bailey Farris (Year 8), Ethan Hansen (Year 8), Brendan Hee (Year 9), Andrew Hemsworth (Year 12), Angus Hornery (Year 8), Lachlan Kelly (Year 9), Tyler Krenkels (Year 7), Antonio Matruglio (Year 9), Angus Menzies (Year 8), Joshua Mercer (Year 9), Declan Owers (Year 9), Ken Park (Year 9), Lachlan Robertson (Year 7), Sydney Robertson (Year 10), Ben Rothery (Year 7), Angus Rowe (Year 5), Jack Ryan (Year 11), Shane Ting (Year 8), Alexander Wu (Year 9), William Yang (Year 12), Ben Yates (Year 10), George Zhu (Year 9)


Junior Pan Pacific Games 2016

Hawaii, USA, 24-27 August 2016

Leon MacAlister (Year 10) has been “toughing it” out over the weekend in Hawaii. He has been representing the Australian Youth Team, which is a 19yr/under male team. At only 16years old, Leon is competing against boys three years older.

In the 100m backstroke, Leon bettered his National record (56.16) to win a Bronze medal. An outstanding achievement. Leon then got selected for the medley relay, with Australia coming third behind the American and Japanese teams.

Leon also made the final in the 200m backstroke and grabbed a fifth position. What a superb experience to help with his future progress. 
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Track and Field

Mr Andrew Ferris, Track and Field Director

CAS Track and Field Championships – Thursday 15 September
This week all parents will be sent an email with information on how to accept electronically through Parent Café for student attendance at this event.

Track and Field CAS/GPS/ISA Invitational #2
Close to perfect winter conditions greeted our athletes yet again at Sydney Olympic Park.  This invitational would also be the team’s first opportunity to match up against their CAS rivals Barker and Trinity.  
The long distance runners started early with the 3000m.  Great work from Tom Gordon, Andrew Crosling and Alex Duffy ensured a strong team presence from the black and blue.

Next on the track were the hurdles and another dominating performance from Riley Hemsworth.  Oliver Graham, Charles Barclay, Harrison Muller and Jackson Ellis also notched season best performances.
Against the best competition that Sydney has to offer the Knox sprinters showed that they can certainly hold their own.  In the 100m and 200m, top performances came from Rhys Williams, Hunter Nicholas, Tom Brown, Daniel Lum, Tom Osborn, Jonah Marsden and Lewis Clabburn.

With many of the long sprinters opening their accounts for the season, Coach Walsh was keen to see the hard work of the boys put into a race.  Standout performances came from Austin Thomson, Rory Cheal and Sam Coburn.  Impressive middle distance performances came from Jacob Buchanan, Mitch Westhuizen and Jack Brasher.

Our throwers continue to impress with the Shot Putters perhaps shining brightest with Tom Shannon, Brady Dawson, Lucas Chamen, Oscar Cheal, Brandon Kreymborg and Cameron McEntyre all featuring at the top of the results list.  Toby Craig and Matt Darnell both threw well in Javelin and Henry Kinsey put out a great mark in Discus.

Not to be outdone the Knox jumpers also performed well.  Liam Prowse, Damon Reynolds, David Sherlock and Harley Clifton opened their 2016 season successfully and will only continue to improve.  
Good luck to the Prep School boys competing at IPSHA this week and the teams competing at the postponed Knockouts.

The next invitational is also at SOPAC.  Bus will depart Woodville Ave at 7am.  Athletes will need their Track & Field uniform, water bottle, sunscreen and athlete friendly snacks.
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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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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.

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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