Our Elite Performance Pathway programme started at the beginning of last term and these students have been developing new skills as well as learning more about themselves, their capabilities and how to harness their own potential. Whilst COVID-19 restrictions have meant our 2021 programme hasn’t been quite as long as we anticipated, all of these students have worked hard at their talents, and we’d love to tell their stories.
Starting with a few now, and more throughout the rest of the term, we will be profiling each of our programme students as we share their humour, talent and zest, as well as the great example they set for living out our 2021 school motto, ‘Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard’. Their profiles are inspired by footy player profile cards, to be displayed on a poster in our gym.
Mr Jason Croucher, known to our students as Crouch, founded the programme and is our Head of PDHPE. It was his vision to provide a sporting performance pathway for our students with sporting talent and a mindset to grow their talent with hard work and dedication.
Year 9 student, Matty is a rugby league player and currently playing in the NSW Country Rugby Union Squad; he hopes to make the final Country team.
One of our youngest satellite members, Year 8 student, Lizzy recently made the NSW U15 Hockey Squad. Her goal is to do well at the 2022 Nationals and top character strengths are teamwork, perseverance and zest. BJ is in Year 10, plays rugby league, cricket and touch football. He wears weird socks, doesn’t like to be rushed, but always gives it his best!
Caitlyn, one of our Year 12 students, is keeping her fingers crossed that COVID-19 restrictions will ease enough to allow her to trial for the South Sydney Rabbitohs Squad. She’s had a busy year playing Rugby Union for NSW Country U18s and represented Australia as a junior in the 100m hurdles & long jump in 2018. Shearmo is another busy Year 12 student and this is his second Elite Performance Pathway season. His specialty is Rugby League Refereeing.
Darcy is in his second and final year of the programme as he finishes Year 12 this year. With a talent for footy, he hopes to make it to representative level in one or all of the codes. Also a footy player, Lochie (Year 8) is focused on taking the right pathways to reach top level Rugby League. He also has a talent for touch football, basketball and cricket.
Makenzi’s goal is to be the best athlete she can be – both mentally and physically – and to represent the Hornets in touch football. Aside from touch footy, Mak (Year 9) also has a talent for netball and league tag. Coming into Summer, you’ll find Ruby (Year 9) in the pool much of the time. She is very strong at breaststroke over all distances and has a goal to compete at national level.