The annual House Swimming Sports were held at MSAC on the 14th of February this year, just two weeks into the school year. Each student has a chance to win points for their house by competing against rival houses, and points are also awarded for participation, encouraging everyone to get involved.
This year, Keats took home the title of swimming champions, led by House Captains Teodora Boskovska and Harper Massey, beating Milton by 25 points. Lots of school records were broken this year. Milton took out two relay records, Keats secured one relay record, backstroke records were broken by Kerim Celik, Georgia Elmer and Taisei Tomoyama, Catherine Oliver broke a breaststroke record, and William McCarthy broke a freestyle record. Briaelyn Bartleet broke the record for both freestyle and breaststroke, and Maisy Evans also broke two records in freestyle and butterfly.
The age level champions were Maisy Evans (13 Year Female), Lewis Soroczynski (13 Year Male), Victoria McCarthy (14 Year Female), River Massey (14 Year Male), Briaelyn Bartleet (15 Year Female), William McCarthy (15 Year Male), Amy Richardson (16 Year Female), Thomas Bradshaw (16 Year Male), Freya Hopkins (17 Year Female), Taisei Toyoyama (17 Year Male), Catherine Oliver (18-20 Year Female) and Hugo Radovanovic (18-20 Year Male).
Medals were presented to the age level champions at a whole-school assembly by Melanie Jones, Elwood College alumna who attended the school from 1984 to 1990 and after whom our prestigious award for overall contribution to sporting life throughout time at the College is named. An Australian cricketing legend, Melanie played five Test cricket matches for Australia, with a debut of 131 runs against England in 1998. Along with her charity work and sports management career, Melanie is now a renowned Australian and international cricket commentator. This year, Melanie was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to Australian sport as a cricketer and commentator.
Melanie spoke to the student body about her time at Elwood College, and gave advice on how to get the most out of their own. She recalled that she “loved [her] school”, and how Elwood College taught her “two values… inclusion and curiosity”. Melanie credited her sporting success to the strong values she established during her schooling. “Values, to me, create behaviours down the track.” “If I could pass on anything, mind your own values, stick to them, and it will certainly make a difference… For those that do play sport, keep going, for those that don’t play sport… it’s a fantastic environment and community of people.”
Congratulations to Keats and to all students who participated in the first house sports event of the year.