From Acting House Master, John McCoy
On Tuesday 11 October, Waverley College held its annual House Swimming Carnival at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Homebush. Although it was the second day back in Term 4, there was plenty of energy amongst the student group. The question on everyone’s lips was who would secure a podium finish? Would it be Aungier, Brennan, Conlon, Green, Lacey, O’Connor, Quinn or Tevlin House?
While many students wouldn’t remember the Sydney 2000 Olympics, every student had the opportunity to swim in the pool used at the historic event. It was a pool where legends such as Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett had won gold for Australia. It was also a pool in which the heroic efforts of athletes like Eric ‘The Eel” Moussambani; were broadcasted to the world, epitomising the Olympic Spirit.
Furthermore, every student who participated had his name and time recorded on the big screen. The same big screen that would have listed many world records which further highlighted the privilege that Waverley College had in using this wonderful facility.
At the end of the day it came down to the novelty race to determine the winner of the carnival. When Brooklyn Hardaker (Year 11) jumped on the ‘Boogie Board’ and paddled down the pool to touch the wall in first place, Quinn House had won. This followed very a tight battle with Brennan House throughout the day. The final results were as follows:
- Quinn – 267
- Brennan – 249
- Conlon – 216
- O’Connor – 207
- Lacey – 181
- Tevlin – 133
- Green – 118
- Aungier – 88
A big thank you must go to Mr Paxton, Mr Leddie and the Waverley College Executive for allowing for such an enjoyable and spirited day to continue in such a busy calendar. Thanks to all the Waverley College Staff for the assistance in running the day as well as the Maintenance Team who helped to set up the venue.
Ultimately, it was great to see all students participate in great spirits. All students are encouraged to join the Waverley College Swimming Team, as the journey to the 2017 CAS Swimming Carnival begins.