28 October, 2022


Touch Football

Seven students were a part of the Uner 12 and Under 14 Tasmanian state teams for the National Youth Touch Football Championships held recently on the Sunshine Coast.  Congratulations to Chloe Horsman (Year 7), Macie Petterwood (Year 7), Millie Sather (Year 7), Sarah Horsman (Year 5), Abigail Dracup (Year 7), Poppy Beaumont (Year 5), Lucy Johnston (Year 5). Staff member and College parent Helene Dracup was a Team Manager.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Sports Mindset

There has been lots of basketball these past couple of weeks and I see more is planned for this weekend.  I wish you all the very best with all your competitions.

This week, I wonder if we can take some of the mystery of what ‘sports mindset’ is and how we get to the next level of ‘Mindset’ from where we are…

Peak Performance Sports[1], an organisation that instils confidence in sports professionals to have a winning edge says to increase our mindset and therefore our confidence, we should study what other Sports champions do.  For example:

  1. How do they approach competition? How do they warm up?
  2. How do those top athletes respond after a competition? How do they deal with defeat?
  3. How can you be a more consistent performer if you changed your mindset?
  4. Do you need to improve your preparation, practice efficiency, how you mentally prepare, how you respond to mistakes, or how you respond to failure?

They suggest picking one area of your mental game to work on and going after the next level of your performance.

This week, the Firsts Boys rowers met in the Chapel to commence their 10-week Sports Mindset Program getting ready for the Head of the River.  It all starts now to ensure that all those areas mentioned above are attended to.  Anyone who would like to enquire about what we are doing, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I must acknowledge that it is easier for me as Sports Mindset Coach when we have an elite athlete in Mr Ali Foot, as our Head of Sport.  Having won a World Championship in Rowing, he not only has the mental and physical skills to mentor our students, but also the experience of what it takes to achieve your sporting desires.

I am looking forward to the next 10 weeks to see how our rowers develop and the enhancement of our sports program at Scotch Oakburn.

Rev Grace
College Chaplain

[1] Mindset and How to Reach Your Athletic Potential | Sports Psychology Articles (