Primary sporting talent recognised

A group of 35 Catholic Primary students who received medals at the annual Sydney Archdiocesan Primary Sports Awards.

Students were presented with their medallions by former professional Rugby League footballer and Sydney Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello at a ceremony held at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Primary Hurstville on November 9.

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The awards, now in their fifteenth year, recognise young athletes from a pool of 116 Catholic primary schools who have excelled at a number of sports during the school year. Award recipients have represented the Sydney Archdiocese in a NSW Catholic Primary Schools (NSWCPS) MacKillop team or NSW Primary Schools Sports Association (NSWPSSA) State team and demonstrate a high level of sporting achievement in their schools. Citations read at the ceremony provided an insight into each student’s achievements.

St Therese Catholic Primary Mascot Year 6 student Ignatius Mitchell and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary Caringbah students Patrick Cantlon and Jack Waide also received
Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Ignatius was selected to four MacKillop teams this year and two State – the NSW Rugby League Team Development Squad and the Pacific School Games team for Basketball. Outside of school Ignatius plays for U14 Rep Team, The Sydney Comets. Their team won the Waratah Metro League Grand Final this year, were State Runners Up and qualified for Nationals in Perth and placed 8th out of 24 in country. “Not only does Ignatius display a high level of skill, he has also shown great commitment, enthusiasm and passion to his sporting endeavours,” his citation read. “Ignatius should be extremely proud of his outstanding efforts and results.”

Patrick, in Year 6, was described as a talented and determined young athlete who is modest about his achievements. He has represented at Swimming, AFL, Athletics and Cross Country. He placed second and the National level in Cross Country, improving his result from the previous year by 15 places. He was also selected to the 2015 NSW State Athletics team and will compete at the National Athletics Championships in early December.

“Patrick’s passion to achieve, strong work ethic and ever-increasing wide range of ability both in the classroom and sporting arena makes him a wonderful role model for all at his school, where he is well regarded for his courage, commitment and sincere sportsmanship,” Principal Mary Nixon said.

Year 4 student Jack is a talented runner and was selected to both the Cross Country and Athletics MacKillop and NSW teams this year. “Jack is a talented runner and humble achiever who is always eager to congratulate and encourage his peers,” Ms Nixon said. “He is now continuing his quest for gold as he prepares for the Junior Boys 800m event at the School Sports Australia Athletics Championships in early December. His hard work and dedication is carried over to the classroom where he excels academically in all subject areas.”
Four teachers were recognised for outstanding service to sport within their regions. St Gertrude’s Catholic Primary Smithfield Principal Warren Loy was recognised for his contribution to primary-level sport in the Archdiocese’s southern region. This included more than five years as member of the Sydney Archdiocese Executive Sports Council, and overseeing changes to how sport trials events are run. Lisa Rios was awarded for her active co-ordination of primary sport in four schools across two regions – at Auburn South, Brighton Le Sands, Bexley and Hurstville.

Trish Thorne from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary Caringbah was awarded for her work organising and conducting sporting trials over 10 years and mentoring and supporting new PE teachers in her region. Jo Wong, from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Rockdale, was awarded for her sportsmanship and organisation as manager of the Sydney and Mackillop touch football teams and convenor of regional sport trials.

The 2015 Sydney Archdiocesan Primary Sports Awards student recipients are:

  • Madeline Argy, McAuley Catholic Primary Rose Bay
  • Catherine Aulia, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary Kensington
  • Patrick Cantlon, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary Caringbah
  • Elijah Cham, Christian Brother’s High School Lewisham
  • Seth Chapman, St Therese’s Catholic Primary Sadleir-Miller
  • Donna Choi, St Mary’s Catholic Primary Concord
  • Toby Doyle, St Andrew’s Catholic Primary Malabar
  • Alana Goodchild, Santa Sabina College Strathfield
  • Justin Green, St Christopher’s Catholic Primary Panania
  • Clement Halaholo, St Charles Primary School Waverley
  • Madeline Hardy, St Michael’s Catholic Primary Stanmore
  • Christian Jardim, St Christopher’s Catholic Primary Panania
  • Alexandria Kalamvokis, Mater Dei Catholic Primary Blakehurst
  • Anna Lee, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Enfield
  • Alyssa Maschmedt, St Michael’s Catholic Primary Lane Cove
  • Mia McCarthy, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Como-Oyster Bay
  • Zac McConnell, St Andrew’s Catholic Primary Malabar
  • Dylan Mendonca, St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary Dulwich Hill
  • Ignatius Mitchell, St Therese Catholic Primary Mascot
  • Leslie Neilsen, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary Kogarah
  • Thomas Neilsen, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Como-Oyster Bay
  • Brae Ovens, St John Bosco Catholic Primary Engadine
  • Finn Ramanauskas, St Catherine Laboure Catholic Primary Gymea
  • Adam Sidhu, St Michael’s Catholic Primary Lane Cove
  • Subi Surenraj, All Hallow’s Catholic Primary Five Dock
  • Bethany Thomas, St Kevin’s Catholic Primary Eastwood
  • Mia Toohey, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary Caringbah
  • Alexander Tuckfield, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Como-Oyster Bay
  • Zara Tullipan, St Ambrose Catholic Primary Concord West
  • Cristian Volpato, Villa Maria Catholic Primary Hunters Hill
  • Jack Waide, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary Caringbah
  • Max Wende-Dunstan, St Charles’ Primary School Waverley
  • Lucas Young, St Mary St Joseph Catholic Primary Maroubra
  • Alexa Yu, Holy Spirit Catholic Primary North Ryde

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