On Saturday 17 June, the St Luke’s Equestrian team held their first training session of the year. Working towards the Fraser Coast Interschool Equestrian Competition in late August. The students were eager to start practising for their individual events.
The students made good progress toward mastering their English and Western Dressage tests, as well as flying around barrels, over jumps and across bridges. Equestrian requires a high level of student commitment, as well as horse handling and horse care skills. The students are to be commended for their efforts on Saturday, they did a wonderful job!
Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Hill, Mrs Gregson-Allcott and Mrs Bertoli for calling the tests, baking, cooking the barbecue and helping all of the students. Finally, we are extremely grateful to Mr and Mrs Holt for hosting us, setting up rings for students to use and for making such a huge effort to ensure the day was successful. Thank you very much!
If your child is interested in being part of the St Luke’s Equestrian team, it’s not too late! Please feel free to contact Natasha Johnson or our Captain, Amy Collyer. We’d love to have more students involved!
5 In a Row
Rowing is not a sport for the faint hearted. It is a sport that requires time, effort and consistent discipline. Whether rowers choose to train early in the morning or afternoon, there is a great deal that goes into every training session, week in, week out. The 2017 St Luke’s Rowing Squad are perfect examples of what a team can achieve with a committed, determined and resilient mindset.
The 2017 Head of the River Regatta (HOR) victory marks the 5th win in a row for St Luke’s Anglican School. This victory is particularly sweet for our senior rowers that were a part of our maiden title in 2013. As was the case back in 2013, the success of St Luke’s Rowing is largely due to the enormous commitment of our coaches and volunteers. Of particular note are the efforts of Mr Ian Grotherr, Mr John Pressler and Mr Peter Robinson who grew our status as a rowing school to where it is today. Mr Michael Parsons should also be commended for his great work as St Luke’s Rowing Coordinator for the past three years. St Luke’s is truly grateful and indebted to all coaches and volunteers past and present.
On behalf of the School, I would like to also take this opportunity to thank the officials and volunteers of the Bundaberg Rowing Club and School Rowing Coordinators for their commitment to running safe, well-organised regattas that foster healthy competition and fair play.
The 2017 HOR was full of notable performances from St Luke’s rowers and it would be foolish to try and encapsulate their efforts in a few paragraphs. All rowers acquitted themselves with their absolute best efforts, outstanding sportsmanship, humility in victory and congratulations in defeat. I am so very proud to be associated with this group of rowers for the manner in which they represented the School and their coaches.
Our ingrained culture of always competing to the best of your ability was no more evident than in the effort and performances of our Rowing Captains – Sabina Murchie, Elizabeth Newell and Katherine Stevens. All three girls are part of the Open Girls Rowing squad who, along with Nicola Baldry, collected a clean sweep of all open races including the prestigious trophy events – West Family Trophy (Open Girls Eight), Arley Emerick Shield (Champion Girls Four), Don and Vivien Halls Trophy (Girls Quad Scull) and the Frank Axam Memorial Trophy (Open Girls Single Scull).
Elizabeth and Sabina who have both represented St Luke’s at the Australian Open Schools Championships for the past two years were clear standouts of the weekend. Their skills and fitness were on display for all to see as they comfortably won their Open Double Scull race and their only competition in the Open Single Scull was each other, with Elizabeth narrowly edging out Sabina in an exciting finish. Other notable races were the Open Boys Eight as they chanted like vikings on their way to winning the Nev Cullen Bucket Trophy, and the Year 7 girls double of Arianna Walters and Isabella Gill, winning in the most exciting come from behind finish of the day.
All St Luke’s Anglican School rowers should be extremely proud of their achievements, sportsmanship and unity as a team. All the best to our rowers who will be rowing on in the Championship Schools Regatta Series.
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in a Bundaberg, Wide Bay or Queensland School team. Students are recognised in the School newsletter for their selection when the School has received official notification from the coach/manager of the respective sporting team.
Mr Len Kirchner
Director of Co-Curricular Sport Activities