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Showing leadership in co-curricular activities

Waverley College Cricket

Waverley College Cricket

From the Director of Co-curriculum, Stephen O’Donnell

Leadership in any co-curricular activity is about role modelling positive behaviours. Every person on a team should behave in a way that sees them positively influencing and leading those around them. Other vital qualities of leadership are collaboration, knowledge of self, effective communication and listening skills, a guardian of team culture and establishing a legacy, decision making, knowing when to draw the line and letting your mates know it is time to pull their socks up.

We have had a really great 12 months of co-curricular activities and our 2017 leaders demonstrated hard work, dedication, team-focus and worked to their strengths, but also acknowledged and addressed their faults.  They showed respect for the opposition, coaches, officials and themselves but most of all they behaved in a credible and reliable manner by role modelling effective behaviours and approaches. A greatly improved culture has seen our students enjoy many successes over the last two years. We are at all training and games, trying hard, enjoying the camaraderie but also performing to the best of our abilities. Students respect themselves and their school by taking pride in their behaviour and attire. Opposition schools and officials have enjoyed a positive experience regardless of the result. Many of these changes have been directly linked to the success that we have had this year. They are also directly linked to the hard work and dedication of our convenors, staff and coaches who have already being doing a tremendous amount of work for the coming summer season. Images of the jubilation of when the 1st XI Football and then 1st XV Rugby won at Queens Park are memories that will always stay with us, as will the pride on the faces of the 1sts Water polo last season when they were presented as CAS premiers and the enthusiastic way the 1st XI Cricket sang ‘We are Waves!’ last Saturday when they defeated Knox by two runs in a very tight game after taking the last 2 wickets for 1 run. We will have another Friday night basketball game against Cranbrook this term after the great success of this event earlier this year, and we encourage all staff and students to attend.

We are aiming to continue and improve on this positive culture. Every student who represents the College has a responsibility to leave a positive legacy, regardless of whether they are appointed as leaders or not. Every student has a responsibility to the whole Waverley College community.

I wish all of our students the very best for the coming co-curricular season and congratulate our new team leaders, listed below:


Summer Co-Curricular leaders

Captain of Cricket – Jacob Tomasiello

1st XI Cricket Captain – Ryan Connolly

Co-Captains of Basketball – Luca Zanarini & James Foster

1st V Captain – Jeremy Petritsis

Captain of Water Polo – Anthony Roydhouse

1st VII Captain – Jasper Wilde

Captain of Tennis – Kiva Gwynne

Swimming Co-Captains – Erwan Le Pechoux & Jonathan Schacht

Diving Captain – Liam Flanagan

Cycling Captain – Daniel Brown

Lawn Bowls Captain – Thomas McMah

Table Tennis Captain – Oliver Heys

Judo Captain – Marco Payumo

Media Group Captain – Oliver Pether

Music Captain – Damian Lin & Vice-Captain –  Simon Finnegan


Recent Successes

Well done to the following boys on their recent successes at the NSW All Schools Athletics

Dane Towns – U13 High Jump (2nd Place) and will now go to the National titles

Jack Hardwick-Owen 4th in the U17 High Jump and Long Jump

Charles McGrath – U17 800m & 1500m finals (Charles broke a College record in the 1500m that has stood for 40 years)

Kurt Kress – U13 800m & 1500m (final)

Flynn Gordon – U16 800m & 1500m (final)

Congratulations also to Nikita Strbac on his recent selection in the CAS Water Polo team.


Waves to Win!