The Track & Field put its best foot forward on Saturday at Homebush with our strongest performances so far. With just two Saturdays of the season remaining before the CAS Championships, many boys are primed to peak at the right end of the season – Thursday 14 September. The squad is training the house down and building a real culture that all will reap rewards for years to come. There is no substitute for hard work and the results will follow.

Track & Field Performers of the week
Jumps – Harley Clifton 1.75m in the High Jump
Throws – Nick Frost for his performance in the Discus with 47.92m (first throw in 18 months)
Track – Lucas Ribbands for his huge improvements in the 200m event (25.90s)

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Snow Sports
Our top Snow Sports athletes competed over the last week in the State Championships at Thredbo. There were many outstanding performers with two individuals and ten teams now selected to go on to the National Championships next month. Well done team. Full report below.

Rice University NFL
Knox hosted the Rice University NFL squad on Thursday out on our main oval – Knox 1. The squad put our Year 7 boys through a number of Gridiron drills which was a lot of fun enjoyed by all involved. Our Sports Academy staff were then fortunate enough to spend an hour with the University coaching staff for a Q & A at Knox Grammar. It was a great experience and our coaches in the Sports Academy walked away with many great tips and ideas.

At the end of the session there was a genuine feeling that Knox could begin a strong relationship with Rice and perhaps form a partnership where opportunities will be created for our students post Knox.

The week ahead
The future of our Track & Field program will be on display at SOPAC this week as our Prep boys compete in the IPSHA Athletic Championships. Good luck boys.
Our Summer pre-season continues for the remainder of the season with trials scheduled for September 16.
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Ms Ellie Manou, Director of Basketball

William Rapley, Mikey Yoong and Adam Thoma (all Year 9) played in the State Cup on the weekend for the Hornsby Spiders and won undefeated. The played against Albury (100-67), Blacktown (88-77), Maitland (82-35) and they faced the Comets (92-89) in the final game. Mikey Yoong topped off a great tournament by being named the Most Valuable Player of the weekend. Great work Mikey, Will and Adam!

In other exciting news, Campbell Green (Year 10) has been named in the squad for the Australian Development Camp. To be named in the squad is an incredible achievement. Congratulations Campbell!

Outdoor Sports

Mr Kieran Donohue, Director of Outdoor Sports

Track and Field – CAS Invitational 3 (SOPAC)
The Knox Track and Field team entered into their third week of competition on Saturday with over 100 student participating in the events throughout the day. The team showed no signs of fatigue after a heavy training block mixed in with a successful NSW Schools Relays Championships campaign mid-week.

Nick Frost opened up his campaign for the season with a solid series of throws in the discus and shotput. Frost teamed up with Brady Dawson who also opened his 2017 campaign with a consistent sequence of throws. Other notable performances in the throws was Leo Zhu (Year 8) who launched the discus to a personal best of 38.54m.

In the jumps events, Harley Clifton continued his sensational season, with a leap of 1.75m in the high jump. In the long jump, Davey Sherlock showed why he will be hard to beat at the CAS Championships with a jump of 5.54m.

There were a number of PBs on the track. Lewis Clabburn returning to the 200m sprint event, clocking a season’s best of 22.8 seconds, which puts him in great shape for a 100m PB this season. Harrison Muller came off a short injury lay off in style by clocking an impressive 11.40s in the 100m.

Hunter Nicholas (Year 12) ran an unofficial PB of 10.90 in the 100m (only unofficial as it was hand timed!) It has been over eight years since a Knox student has broken the 11 seconds barrier, so we hope Hunter can officially crack this mark at the NSW Schools Knock Out Championships this Thursday.

Performances of the Week

Jumps – Harley Clifton with a jump of 1.75m in the high jump.
Throws – Nick Frost with a throw of 47.92m in the discus - his first throw in 18 months!
Track – Lucas Ribbands for his huge improvements in the 200m sprint, running 25.90 seconds.

This week the Track and Field team continues its season with the NSW Schools Knockout Championships on Thursday night and the 4th CAS/GPS invitational at Homebush on Saturday.
Schools Relay
The Knox Track and Field team had some fantastic results at the 2017 NSW Schools Relay Championships head last Wednesday at Sydney Olympic Park.
Knox thrived in the perfect conditions, coming away with a record total of 7 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal from the teams-based events, making Knox the top school out of the 16 schools who attended. 

Congratulations to the 30+ students who attended, with each coming away with at least one medal!

Knox Prep Track & Field - King's Invitational 
Saturday saw the Prep Track & Field team compete in their final Invitation carnival before their big event – IPSHA on Tuesday at SOPAC.

All boys have worked hard at both training and carnivals improving from week to week. 

At The King's Carnival, Ben Williams recorded a personal best in the Open 1500m – 5:00.50 and the 11yrs 100m – 14.34. Toby Caspari jumped 1.32m in the 11yrs high jump, Benji Allen threw 9.77m in the 12yrs Shot Put and Max Mitchell cleared 1.13m in the 9yrs high jump.

Congratulations to all boys on their efforts across the Shore, Barker and King's Carnivals. 

Australian Cross Country Championships
Two Knox students, Mitch Westhuizen and Josh Tait (both Year 9) participated in the Australian Cross Country Championships in Wollongong over the weekend.
Mitch Westhuizen just missed out on a medal, placing 4th overall with a time of 12:42 in the 4km 16 Years event. Josh Tait finished just being in 29th position, with a time of 13:24.

Great run from both boys!

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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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Any student attending any Knox sporting fixture and/or venue must be properly attired in either track suit or school uniform.

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.
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Parking for Saturday sport at the Senior School

Due to construction of our exciting new Knox Performing Arts Centre/Junior Secondary Academy, we are no longer able to provide parking at Woodville Ave for families attending sports fixtures at the Senior School campus. Parking is available in the Borambil Street underground carpark for weekend sport. Where possible, we encourage boys and parents to use public transport for travel to and from the Senior School campus.