There were new faces and repeat performers among the sports stars from Sydney Catholic primary schools recognised for their achievements at the sixteenth annual Sydney Archdiocesan Primary Sports Awards.
A record 41 students were presented with a medallion by wheelchair rugby player and Rio Paralympic gold medallist Andrew Edmondson at a ceremony held at St Charles’ Catholic Primary Ryde on Friday, 25 November.
The awards recognise young athletes from a pool of 116 Catholic primary schools who have excelled at sports during the school year. To receive an award, students must have represented the Sydney Archdiocese in a NSW Catholic Primary Schools (NSWCPS) MacKillop team or NSW Primary Schools Sports Association (NSWPSSA) State team and demonstrated a high level of sporting achievement in their schools.
The students awarded have excelled in sports including swimming, cross country, rugby league, basketball, diving and cricket. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Como-Oyster Bay Year 6 student Jack Waide received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the second year in a row. Other Year 6 students to share the achievement of representing NSW in more than one sport were Max Jorgensen from Fr John Therry Catholic Primary Balmain and Drew Williams from St Angnes’ Catholic Primary Matraville.
If there is ever a goal … or a dream that you have within your sport, surround yourself with good people, work hard.
Sydney Archdiocesan Primary Sports Coordinator, Troy Moran, commended the young athletes on their achievements. The group was the largest number of students from Sydney Catholic Schools to receive the award in more than 10 years.
“The students awarded have excelled in 12 of the 16 available representative pathways and some have reached the pinnacle of making a state team twice,” he said. “The number of students we have presented with awards today shows that opportunities are there for talented children to succeed.”
Edmondson told the parents, students and teachers gathered how he became paralysed after an accident in the surf at his local beach in early high school and went on to win gold with the Australian Steelers. He described how wheelchair rugby turned from hobby to Paralympic dream, and this year to reality. Mr Edmondson said he was grateful to be able to help raise the profile of disabled sports. He also praised parents for their dedication and support of their children’s sports participation after sharing details of the famed Paralympic win against the United States.
“If there is ever a goal, a vision or a dream that you have within your sport – surround yourself with good people, work hard and there’s no reason you can’t be successful,” he told students. “I was fortunate enough to be able to start and to contribute to the team that went on to win in the second overtime by one point, in what people are now saying is one of the greatest games of wheelchair rugby ever played.”
The awardees were:
Joshua Alhazim, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary Cabramatta
Kate Bishara, St Christopher’s Catholic Primary Panania
Sharon Britto, All Saints’ Catholic Primary Liverpool
Bailey Chambers, Christian Brothers’ Catholic Primary Lewisham
Claudia Cicco, St Michael’s Catholic Primary Stanmore
Abbey-Rose Cryer, Holy Family Catholic Primary Menai
Samira Dimeglio, St Mark’s Catholic Primary Drummoyne
Grace Elliott, St Declan’s Catholic Primary Penshurst
Kiara Holyoake-Caceda, St Michael’s Catholic Primary Stanmore
Brent Hawkins, St Therese Catholic Primary Mascot
Max Jorgensen, Fr John Therry Catholic Primary Balmain
Alexandria Kalamvokis, Mater Dei Catholic Primary Blakehurst
Tara Kalivitis, Holy Family Catholic Primary Menai
Anna Lee, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Enfield
Dante Machiavello, St Christopher’s Catholic Primary Panania
Mia McCarthy, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Como-Oyster Bay
Olivia Mitchell, St Mary St Joseph Catholic Primary Maroubra
Casey Mood, St Catherine Laboure Catholic Primary Gymea
Andrew Musillo, St Fiacre’s Catholic Primary Leichhardt
Thomas Neilson, St Joseph’s Catholic primary Como-Oyster Bay
Brae Ovens, St John Bosco Catholic Primary Engadine
Jaosh Papalii, St Jerome’s Catholic Primary Punchbowl
Marcus Parinetto, St Michael’s Catholic Primary Belfield
Lachlan Stanfield, St Mary St Joseph Catholic Primary Maroubra
Mia Toohey, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary Caringbah
Alexander Tuckfield, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Como-Oyster Bay
George Verco, Holy Cross Catholic Primary Woollahra
Fletcher Warn, St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Primary Hurstville
Drew Williams, St Agnes Catholic Primary Matraville
Alexa Yu, Holy Spirit Catholic Primary North Ryde
Julian Ajaka, St Kevin’s Catholic Primary Eastwood
Aurelia Banach, St John Bosco College Engadine
Matteo Cleverley, St Therese Catholic Primary Mascot
Jack Greaves, St Pius Catholic Primary Enmore
Zachariah Hill, St Michael’s Catholic Primary Lane Cove
Avele Jaucian-Alaalatoa, All Hallow’s Catholic Primary Five Dock
Jordan Kawtal, St Kevin’s Catholic Primary Eastwood
Dylan Mendonca, St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary Dulwich Hill
Jack Waide, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary Caringbah
Max Wende-Dunstan, St Charles’ Catholic Primary Waverley
Matthew Sidhu, St Michael’s Catholic Primary Lane Cove