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Mr Mac excited for MC’s vibrant sporting future

This week we caught up with the Junior School Sport Coordinator, Mr Jacob McElevey, for the second instalment in a series of MC Sport Staff Q&A sessions.  We’ll hear about recent experiences and future goals for delivering sport and recreation programs for students in 2018, and beyond.

How does it feel to get settled into this new facility?
Relief! It feels good to have all of this space! It’s also good to have an area where you’re surrounded by all of our sports resources and for all of the Sports staff to be in the same space.

What have you enjoyed most in these first few weeks?
What I’ve really enjoyed is seeing the new opportunities for different sports such as badminton, volleyball and newcomb ball that have been created. It’s also great to have a safer area for students to play on. We have more students, more enthusiastic about playing, and putting themselves really out there as they play hard for the ball on custom-made surfaces.

What do you think the completed Centre will mean for students coming through MC over the next 10-15 years?
The Sports Centre is definitely a huge thing for new students coming through. Basketball is a growing culture at MC, particularly among our Junior School students. Participation was lower when I first started and it’s getting much bigger now.  So I can only see it continuing to grow over the next 10-15 years. It also means a wider variety of sport opportunities for a wider range of students, badminton is one we’re seeing at the moment. Being an all-weather facility also means increased physical activity for our students. We can potentially host Junior and Senior school classes together which opens a wider range of say, mentoring opportunities. The size of the Centre, means we can run different codes at the same time, for example we can have basketball, netball and athletics all going at the same time.

What types of events would you like to see MC host in the Centre?
I would love to see MC Sport host Gala events and invitationals, for HRIS schools and also local schools. I would also love to see MC Sport create our own Shield matches. We could name them after a successful former MC sport students and feature a range of sports such as futsal, volleyball, basketball, netball and table tennis.

Who would you like to see showcased in a ‘Hall of Fame’ when the foyer is completed?
Mr Martin! Actually I would be happy to see any of our successful past students. At the moment, I can think of a few Junior School students who are excelling in basketball who are prime candidates. I also think our students who are currently playing for the Newcastle Hunters who deserve to be up there. There is so much talent here at MC, and so much more to be developed over time!

Macquarie College students celebrated at NSWCIS 2017 awards night

Macquarie College Sport

Congratulations to these three amazing students who were presented with the top awards from CIS, at a special ceremony dinner, for representing at National Championships during 2017.

  • Sienna E (7B) for Cricket: received a 2018 State Medallion
  • Harry A (6L) for Golf: Member of the Team of the Year, received a Red Award, a 2018 State Medallion, and the DA WIburd Shield for Primary Sportsperson of the Year. 
  • Jye P (12V) for Golf: Member of the Team of the Year, and received a 2018 State Medallion.

Harry Scores a Treble at CIS Annual Awards

Macquarie College Sport

Macquarie College Sport GolfHarry A (6L) attended the NSWCIS Awards night at the Waterview Function Centre, Sydney Olympic Park recently. 

The evening was a celebration of athlete performances in 2017, during which Harry was acknowledged for his outstanding efforts in golf.  In December 2017, Harry competed in the Australian Primary Schools Golf Championship in Adelaide, in which he won the individual overall competition, receiving an NSWCIS Red Award.  Harry was also awarded The DA Wiburd Award for the NSWCIS Outstanding Boy – Primary School for his sportsmanship in 2017.  Harry was also a member of the NSWCIS golf team that won the Primary Team of the Year award.

We acknowledge Harry’s work ethic and commitment to his chosen sport, and the manner in which he holds himself as a young leader in the team environment also.

MC Sport blazing a new path for College sport and recreation

Macquarie College Sport & Recreation Centre

On 31st January, Macquarie College Principal Dr Bruce Youlden, welcomed Staff and Students to the new Sport & Recreation Centre.  Over 2,100 scheduled classes will be delivered in the facility this year alone, with this number set to increase when Stage 3 construction is completed in the near future. 

This week we caught up with the Head of Department, Mr David Martin, the first in a series of MC Sport Staff Q&A sessions.  We’ll hear about recent experiences and future goals for delivering sport and recreation programs for students in 2018, and beyond.

Macquarie College Sport & Recreation CentreHow does it feel to finally get into this new facility?
Since arriving in 1997 I’ve been looking forward to this Centre being built, and it’s finally here.  In this time my son Jarrod attended Kindy, finished Year 12, been married and completed two degrees at Uni.  While many former staff and students have missed out on this state of the art facility, I am certain that our current students will understand how privileged they are to access these facilities which are truly the best of the best. We currently have the best backboards, the best floor, and best facilities by far of any other school in the Hunter Valley.

What have you enjoyed most in these first few weeks?
Seeing kids that aren’t usually very sporty having new opportunities to play sport and get active.  Traditionally, you would see many of the same kids playing basketball or soccer at lunch, but with all of the excitement generated by this new building we are see so many more kids coming to the Centre at lunchtime for a look and a game! As a result, we are offering more activities such as badminton, which is an easier sport for most kids to participate in without any experience. Indoor facilities mean we can complete all scheduled classes regardless of the weather and students ultimately have more physical activity, which in turn generates momentum and learning continuity for all students participating.

What do you think the completed Centre will mean for students coming through MC over the next 10-15 years?
Less injuries and less sunburn! More students have already shown a willingness to participate in the Centre compared with the centrally located oval. It also means we can host bigger inter-school events.

What types of events would you like to see MC host in the Centre?
HRIS Volleyball, after-hours interschool competitions, MC family sports night (for past and present students, teachers and families).  I would like to see our extended MC family enjoy the facilities ourselves because it’s been a long time coming, and it gives us a chance to iron out any teething issues before opening it to the public.

Who would you like to see showcased in a ‘Hall of Fame’ when the foyer is completed?
We have such an array of talent at MC in past and present students that I would like to see all of our highest sport achievers recognised.  I would like to see Honour Boards in the foyer displaying our sporting history, including Age and House champions, and we cannot wait for the sport trophy cabinet to be relocated here also.

State Cycling Selection the next Goal for Makenzie

Makenzie S (12B) has ridden many thousands of kilometres on local and interstate roads during the 2017 road racing season which ran February to August.  

In her first season of road cycling, Mackenzie’s goals were modest but her effort was exceptional.  Throughout the season she was training six days per week including local club races out of Kooragang Island.  Naturally this included riding to and from home to her club events, being almost 200km a weekend.  On top of this, her two gym sessions a week were guided by a personal trainer who sometimes required two sessions in the one day. 

Testament to Makenzie’s competitive spirit and love of the sport is her weekly training at the Dunc Grey Velodrome in Sydney, with the NSW Track Squad.

Since January 2017, Makenzie has competed in events in Canberra, Eastern Creek, Kurri Kurri, Bathurst, Mittagong, Tasmania, Penrith, Coonabarrabran to Gunnedah, and Nowra.  Taking in the sights of regional NSW roads was gruelling, invigorating and ultimately rewarding as she medalled in multiple events including the NSW U19 Championships, and chased closely those competitors in Open women’s divisions also.

With the 2017 road season coming to an end Mackenzie is focusing on local events and the transition to the velodrome season which runs October 2017 to February 2018.
“The next serious event that I have coming up will be held on 30th September, the Mick Chapman Memorial Road Race at Kurri Kurri. After this event, I will be transitioning from the Road racing season to the Velodrome season. If I continue to gain fitness within my transition, I will be competing in the North Island of NZ in November for Velodrome representing NSW.”
Makenzie’s focus for 2018 is to continue to improve her performances in the road season, and produce better results in the same events now that she has a benchmark from her 2017 results.
Major Event Summary 2017
January: Oceania Road Championships, Canberra 
February: NSW Elite Criterium Championships, Eastern Creek 
March: Orica Kermese, Kurri Kurri 
March: Criterium races (Bathurst to Blaney) 
April: NSW U19 & Elite Road Race Championships, Mittagong (3rd)
April: Junior and Women’s Tour, Canberra. Three-day event featuring four races. (3rd in road race, 4th overall for four events)
April: Tour of Mersey Valley, Tasmania. Three races including a time trial and two road races
June: Sydney Road Titles, Penrith (3rd) 
June: Handicap Road Race Coonabarabran to Gunnedah  and Road Race Gunnedah to Tamworth 
July: NSW Club Team Time Trial Championships (U19s team placed 4th behind elite Women)
July: Nowra Road Race (7th)