14 May, 2021


In recent weeks, including over the holiday break, a number of students have achieved success across a range of activities.

Public Speaking: Will Scott (Year 12) won the Lions Public Speaking State Final and is in the National Final in Canberra in May.

Gymnastics – Trampolining: Lucy Chesterman (Year 12) has been selected in the Tasmanian Gymnastics Team to compete at the Australian Championships in May.

Rowing: After a very successful rowing season for our club, Heidi Schouten and Lindsay Calvert topped off the Girls Crew’s win in the Head of the River with a 2nd place in U19 pair at the National Championships. As a result, Heidi and Lindsay have been selected in the Australian Junior Rowing Team – the first Scotch Oakburn students to achieve national selection in rowing while still at school. They will compete in a four with two girls from Queensland later this year.

Athletics: During the recent holiday break, Alexander, AJ, Creak (Year 12) and Sophie Marshall (Year 8) competed very successfully in the 2021 Australian Track and Field championships. AJ came 5th in the U/20 400m and 6th in the U/20 200m, both in personal best times. He now has an Australian ranking of 5th in the country in the under 20 age group and is currently the 7th fastest 400m runner in Australia. Sophie Marshall competed in the U/15 1500m coming 4th and the U/15 800m finishing 6th. These are brilliant results for two outstanding young athletes.

As a result of AJ’s achievements, he has been selected in the Athletics Australia Under-20 Athletics representative team in the 4 x 400m relay. The team was due to compete in the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Nairobi, Africa later in the year but due to the risk of Covid-19, the team have had to withdraw. However, as part of the team, AJ has been invited to take part in an Under-20 Camp on the Gold Coast in June. Within this camp, there is the opportunity to compete in two Oceania Athletics competitions on the 5th and 12th of June.

Sophie’s performances have resulted in her being invited to join the Athletics Australia Targeted Talent Program, which identifies younger athletes whose performances were outstanding at the Nationals.

Squash: Over the Easter break Joseph Clyde (Year 12) competed in the Australian Junior Squash Open., placing 12th nationally in the Under 19 Boys division. Joseph is now ranked 2nd in Tasmanian across all juniors. Joseph now plans to play in the Australian Junior Championship later this year, in Canberra, representing Tasmania. This is the most important event in the squash calendar and will be his last chance to represent Tasmania before ageing out of the junior divisions.

Rostrum Voice of Youth: On Saturday 8 May, the Rostrum Voice of Youth was held in the Robert Dean Senior Student Centre at Scotch Oakburn College. Ninety-nine students from around Tasmania registered to take part this year and eight of those students were from Scotch Oakburn. I am delighted to inform you that Jack Oates Pryor (Year 12) was selected as one of the six state finalists and Amelie Hughes (Year 10) received an Encouragement Award.

Little Athletics: Six Scotch Oakburn College students were selected in the State Little Athletics 20/21 teams and participated in a state competition in lieu of the Australian Little Athletics Championships not being held. This event including Tom Watters (Year 9), Year 8 students Abbey Berlese, Mia Green, Tahlia Muller and Blaise Fitzallen, and Bella Shaw (Year 7).

Swimming: Five students participated in the Australian Age Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast. Taylor Brock (Year 8), Emily Mitchell (Year 10), Isabella Muldoon (Year 8), Xavier Nesbit (Year 9) and Charlotte Pilsbury-Milne (Year 10).  Emily Mitchell also competed at the Australia Swimming Championships the following week, competing against swimmers who we’ll soon be watching at the Olympics. This is a significant achievement.

Congratulations and good luck to all of these students in their various pursuits.

Andy Müller


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