Friday, October 27 saw the HCC Junior Athletics Team for 2017 represent the College in the B Division CPSSA Athletics Carnival.
Students from Years 3 to 6 committed to two weeks of intense training in the lead up to the carnival, training nearly every day before school. The effort and dedication from the team of just over 50 students was fantastic and with the guidance of the equally committed coaches made some great progress before final spots were selected.
The team, led by Junior Athletics Captains Geah Kot and Brooklyn Stainforth arrived at the WA Athletics Stadium filled with anticipation and perhaps a little overwhelmed at the size of the venue. We were very excited but knew some great challenges awaited us.
The students represented the College brilliantly as we experienced a fantastic range of excellent performances, resilience, team work, sacrifice and genuine joy for the success of all members within the team. The cheering and support of each other was clearly our biggest strength.
As this was the first ever Junior Inter School carnival that Holy Cross has attended, enjoying the experience and giving our very best individual effort was the biggest focus for the day. The students exceeded expectations in this area implementing their training to perfection.
Unfortunately, we finished in 8th place, but have lots of areas to improve on for next year. The day was a great introduction to the competitive environment of inter school sport and the effort and behaviour of the students through out the day was fantastic.
I would like to extend my thanks to Marnie Barrett, Simon Falcone, James Parsons, Margaret McMahon, Jessica Armenti and Aoife Hickey for their expertise and time during the training phase and to Jo Borg and Orilee Ryan for their assistance on the day. The students are extremely lucky to have your skills available to them and their performance on the day was testament to this.
We look forward to 2018, with more training, increased familiarity of the venue and expectations of the day we will definitely improve.
Great work HCC.