Sporting achievements, passionate hearts and supportive teachers and parents have delivered Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Primary School Sefton another year of major successes – all round!
Anthony Jones (Year 4) had the rare opportunity to run out onto the Melbourne Cricket Ground in July escorting players from Real Madrid and Manchester City in front of a sold-out stadium of soccer fans.
The International Champion Cup was screened live globally.
“It was absolutely awesome as I got to high five all the players from the Real Madrid team, including my soccer idol Cristiano Renaldo. I said ‘ola’ (‘hi’) to him and he said ‘ola’ to me,”
“I will never ever forget that moment and the whole experience of being there that night,” said Anthony.
Anthony has other sporting talents, running in the NSW Catholic Primary Sports association (NSWCPS) cross-country trials this year.
Another sports star at Immaculate Heart of Mary Ben Mabon (Year 6) has enjoyed another year of diverse sporting achievements winning Age Champion U/13 Inner West (IW) swimming team, and playing in the Mackillop Rugby Union team at the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association (NSWPSSA).
He also played softball with classmate Toby Hughes in the Sydney team.
“This is the sport that I hope to play professionally one day. I have played Rugby League since I was 5 years old,” said Ben.
“Rugby League is my preferred choice of sports,”
“A lot of people, including my coaches try and convince me that I should focus on just one sport so I can excel at that sport. In my opinion, sport at this age is more about the fun and friendship than becoming a champion,” said the Red colour co-captain at his school, who also lists lawn bowls and golf among his sports.
His sporting buddy at the school and good friend since Kindergarten, Jacob Marszal (Year 6) also chased the sporting dream and made both the IW and Sydney Rugby League teams and performed strongly at the Catholic Primary Schools (CPS) trials in Canberra.
Jacob went to the IW touch team trials and with Ben were selected for the team.
Jacob also took ran in the IW team cross-country trials at Miranda, then went to a total of six events in the IW Athletics Carnival at Homebush. He’s also Red colour co-captain at Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Year 6 teacher Allison Bywaters said both Ben and Jacob are competitive and driven to reach their sporting goals.
Ms Bywaters said they showed sportsmanship and fairness towards their peers, and were well respected for it.
“I’ve watched them both attend trials with a positive mindset, returning to tell about their successes and achievements,” said Ms Bywaters.
“It’s not always about winning for these boys, it’s about participating and giving the sport a good go,” she said.
In the school’s other sporting achievements, Christopher Sousou (Year 4) played in the 12 years Division 1 Comp for the IW tennis team.
Christopher has been passionate about tennis since he started learning at the age of three and trained this year three days a week, spending time off the court doing strength and preventative injury exercises.
He said his tennis idols were Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Thanassi Kokkinakis, Novak Djokovic and Raphael Nadal.