Swift support for primary sports stars

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NSW Swifts’ midcourter Maddy Proud was on hand to present 30 young athletes with medals at the 18th annual Sydney Archdiocesan Primary School Sports Awards.

The star netballer and children’s author acknowledged the students from a pool of 116 Sydney Catholic primary schools who have excelled at sports during the school year at a ceremony held at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School Hurstville on 5 December.

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 awards are a wonderful occasion to recognise and celebrate the outstanding sporting achievements of our students before their peers and family.”

– Anna-Kate Turnbull

During the ceremony, Proud told students about becoming the youngest netball player in the South Australian Thunderbirds team history at age 16 and balancing professional sport with Year 12 study.

Her book, Grace on the Court, about the transition to high school and dealing with school, sport, siblings and social issues.

Her advice to the young athletes was to listen to their coaches and have fun with their chosen sports.

“As long as you keep trying and enjoy it, that’s all that matters,” she said. “It’s good to try to play as many sports as you can. You learn a lot of skills from different sports.”

Sydney Catholic Schools’ Sydney Archdiocesan Primary Sports Coordinator Anna-Kate Turnbull said many of the students who received awards had broken records in their fields.

“The Archdiocesan Primary Schools Sports awards are a wonderful occasion to recognise and celebrate the outstanding sporting achievements of our students before their peers and family,” she said.

Year 5 students Nathan Barbara (St Anthony’s Marsfield) and Rhiannon Bellette (St Christopher’s Panania) both broke records in their classifications in national athletics competition. Nathan placed first in the 100m sprint, while Rhiannon blitzed the 800m event.

Year 5 student at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School Ashfield Stephanie Bruzzese was among the students who received a Primary Sports award two years in a row. She won 12 medals at national level competition this year.

 

Peak performers

Recipients of the 2018 Sydney Archdiocesan Primary School Sports Awards are:

  • Michael Ajaka, Year 5, St Kevin’s Catholic Primary School Eastwood
  • Nathan Barbara, Year 5, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School Marsfield
  • Rhiannon Bellette, Year 5, St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School Panania
  • Billy Blair, Year 6, Fr John Therry Catholic Primary School Balmain-Rozelle
  • India Brier, Year 6, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Oatley
  • Stephanie Bruzzese, Year 5, St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School Ashfield
  • Toby Calder, Year 4, St John Bosco Catholic Primary School Engadine
  • Olivia Callaghan, Year 5, St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Lane Cove
  • Madeleine Caspers, Year 6, St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Lane Cove (Outstanding Achievement Award)
  • Luca Cleverley, Year 6, St Therese’s Catholic Primary school Mascot (Outstanding Achievement Award)
  • Michaela Cox, Year 6, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Como-Oyster Bay
  • John Darley, Year 5, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Sutherland
  • Tristan De Maria, Year 6, Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School Carnes Hill
  • Lucy Finn, Year 6, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Riverwood
  • Riley Fong, Year 5, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Kogarah
  • Daniela Galic, Year 6, St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School Regents Park
  • Eadie Hurley, Year 6, – Mater Dei Catholic Primary School Blakehurst
  • Hannah Ling, Year 6, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Enfield
  • Daniela Mandile, Year 6, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School Earlwood
  • King Manu, Year 6, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School Brighton Le Sands
  • Leila Maxfield, Year 6, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Randwick
  • Frederick Mravec, Year 6, St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School Malabar
  • Noah Ovens, Year 6, St John Bosco Catholic Primary School Engadine
  • Adrien Safi, Year 6, St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School Panania
  • Margaret Seufale, Year 6, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Villawood
  • Audrey Sutton, Year 6, St Mark’s Catholic Primary School Drummoyne
  • Logan Toohey, Year 5, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School Caringbah
  • Keira Vincent, Year 6, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Riverwood
  • Holly Warn, Year 3, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Mosman
  • Olivia Wunsch, Year 6, Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School North Ryde

 

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