From the Principal

This week we have a special guest introduction from Ashley Viney, Head of Sport.

Sport is a valuable part of our curriculum at Tintern Grammar. To ensure students receive the best possible opportunities in sport, we have engaged the services of Elitewellbeing this year. Elitewellbeing provide high-performance athletics and cross-country coaching and training. High-quality coaching is vital to the development of the students’ knowledge, skills and overall performance. Our partnership with Elitewellbeing provides students with an exceptional opportunity to participate in high-performance training from world-class athletes.

Four-time Olympian, World Championship and Commonwealth Games medallist Craig Mottram runs Elitewellbeing. Craig has been working with the Tintern Sports department to develop our athletics and cross-country training programs to ensure students achieve their best results. This training is also beneficial when applied to other sports, as many of the activities focus on fundamental movement and skills. Craig often attends the training sessions to provide individual feedback to students. Through this partnership, we aim to provide a fun and enjoyable environment for the students to train and develop their performance.

Craig has an excellent team of coaches who facilitate the training sessions. Sprinter Sean Wroe completed at the 2008 Olympics in the 400m and 4x400m relay. He also competed at multiple Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the 4x400m relay. Jack Hale is currently Australia’s fastest 100m sprinter. Sam Prime is one of Victoria’s best cross-country runners, regularly finishing in the top 12 at national level. Luke Wallace is a national level high jump athlete having cleared 2m on 13 occasions.

Training sessions for athletics ran during late Term 1 and early Term 2 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 6:45-8am in the gym and on the oval. Students completed a general warm-up and fundamental movement activities, before starting on event specific drills. Aside from running each training session, the coaches attended the EISM Athletics day and EISM Athletics Champions day to provide students with feedback before, during and after their events. Read the event reports here.

Cross-country training sessions will run in Term 3 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7-8am on the oval. These sessions will run in a similar style to the athletic training, with a general warm-up and activities before moving onto cross-country specific training. Breakfast will be available to students after training in the PE Centre.

Craig and I are eager to continue developing this partnership to ensure our students receive the best possible sporting opportunities. Students of all abilities are welcome to join us for these training sessions; and I encourage them to attend the cross-country training during Term 3 and the athletics training when it commences again in 2020.

Photos: Kathy Watt

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