Sports Wrap 2020
What a year it has been for sport at Loreto Normanhurst! As our girls get ready for one final hurrah in 2020 – whether it be IGSSA Touch or Water Polo, IPSHA Tennis, Cricket or Basketball, HKDTA Tennis or rowing at the Loreto Normanhurst or Loreto Kirribilli Regattas – it’s that time to pause and reflect on what has been anything but a standard year of Sport at Loreto Normanhurst.
The year started with the usual hustle and bustle of Term 1, but that would all soon come to a screeching halt as we quickly pivoted from our usual offerings of sport and physical activity to figuring out how to provide the same enjoyable opportunities online and via Zoom. Whilst nothing can replicate the enjoyment of running around the court or oval with your mates, seeing our students engage with our online program as we went through learning from home was a joy to see.
From there, the next challenge was to return to our ‘new normal’ under the ever-evolving regulations. Number of participants, rules around physical distancing, and the need to sanitise and clean equipment constantly were just a few of the considerations we needed to constantly be aware of as we rolled out new opportunities across the school.
Term 3 saw a return to competitive fixtures, with regionalised competitions and spectator-free venues becoming the standard. It was fascinating to see the different reactions and evolutions of the girls when suddenly the support from the sidelines was missing and every voice on the court or the pitch mattered. We were able to take part in our very first telecast of Loreto Normanhurst matches, with the Term 3 finals being streamed online where the technology allowed.
With further relaxation of the rules coming into Term 4, we were able to burst out of our little bubble with Abbotsleigh, Pymble and Brigidine and open up competition with schools north of the harbour. The other major feature was spectators returning and the cheer and colour we love so much making its way back to the sidelines.
None of this year would have been possible without the concerted, coordinated effort of our entire community.
A big thankyou to the School Leadership for allowing us to provide as many opportunities as we could in a range of formats whilst still always complying with COVIDsafe practices.
Thank you to our parent and support network – I know it must have been hard to spend Saturdays dropping girls off and not being able to share in the fun of sport with your daughters.
I have been in a constant state of amazement and appreciation all year with regards to the efficiency and quick thinking displayed by my team of Sport Administrators and their coaching staff. This has been a year where adaptability and progressive thinking have been so important, and my team have been able to continue to offer such great opportunities to the girls of Loreto Normanhurst, so to them I also say a huge thank you.
Finally, without the enthusiasm and desire to get involved from our students, this year would have looked very different. What drove us to continue to explore all avenues for physical activity was the knowledge that there were students across all levels of experience and ability that were just looking for something else they could get involved in. Well done, girls – even the most bizarre of 12 months couldn’t shake your love and desire to get involved in sport and physical activity.
As we look forward to 2021, it seems like a fool’s errand to try to predict what it has in store, however I am confident that the students of Loreto Normanhurst will continue to look for sporting opportunities, and along with my team, I look forward to supplying those opportunities in whatever formats we can.
I want to wish everyone competing this weekend the very best of luck, and that you all cherish the opportunity to give it one last go in 2020.
Loreto Normanhurst Regatta
This weekend sees us host our annual Loreto Normanhurst Regatta on Saturday at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Much like many events this year, it won’t look or feel the same as previous years, as spectators are still not able to attend however that won’t stop us sharing the fun of Regatta Day. This year, in conjunction with Rowing NSW, we’ll be offering a live-stream of both the Loreto Normanhurst Regatta on Saturday and the Loreto Kirribilli Regatta on Sunday via the Rowing NSW YouTube channel.
I want to say a big thank you in advance to Paul Barr, Anna Boldiston, the Rowing Parent Support Group and all the parent volunteers who come together to make an event like this such a spectacle for the girls involved.
Best of luck to all our competitors!
One down, one to go!
Last Thursday, we held the Primary School Swimming Carnival in the Aquatic Centre as our Year 5 & 6 girls battled it out for bragging rights or just to get in and give it a go. There was some great action across the day, and also a bit of extra creativity needed; one of the highlights of our carnivals are the house cheers, however with existing COVID restrictions, Houses had to figure out how to show the best spirit they could without cheering! There were some fantastic choreographed dances and claps, which helped add to the atmosphere we enjoy so much.
We’ve got the actuaries crunching the numbers as we speak, with the announcement of the all-important Overall Point Score Champions and Spirit Cup winners being announced in the final week of term. Congratulations to Charlotte Horbach (Year 6) who was crowned the Primary Queen of the Pool for her victory in the 50m Invitational race.
Next Tuesday, we’ll shift our attention to the Secondary School as our senior girls head out to Sydney Olympic Park. Because of ongoing restrictions, this event will be for competitors only, however there might be a little surprise for students sticking behind at school when it comes time to deciding who will be victorious in the Secondary Queen of the Pool, so stay tuned…
Well done to Neve Tierney (Year 8) who competed in the Hills Triathlon last weekend. Neve competed in the Opens race, racing against all comers and was still able to finish a fantastic 2nd place! She was first out of the water and was able to put in great legs on the bike and run to hold off the competition to finish with the silver – great job, Neve!
The 2020 IGSSA Hockey season might be over but that hasn’t stopped two of our Hockey Coaches, Rachel Osbourne (Junior 1sts Coach, Class of 2018) and Courtney Schonell (Senior 1sts Coach), from producing some outstanding performances of their own. Both Courtney and Rachel recently attended the Hockey NSW Future Pride Camp which featured 42 of the best female athletes from across NSW. The camp was held at the Sydney Olympic Hockey Centre over six days from Thursday November 19th to Tuesday November 24th. The purpose of the camp was to provide an opportunity for identified elite and pre-elite level athletes from around NSW to train and play in a high-performance environment. In addition Courtney, was selected as one of 41 female athletes from across Australia to attend the Hockey Australia Super Camp which was held in Perth from 6-16 November 2020. This camp forms part of the selection process for the Hockeyroos, who will compete at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Both Courtney and Rachel not only play a key role in our Hockey program but are also fantastic role models for our students. We are so excited to see them achieving their goals and performing at such a high level. Fantastic examples of dedication, effort and hard work!
Congratulations Courtney and Rachel!
In more good news for our alumni athletes, Old Girls Emma Fessey (Class of ‘14) & Lauren Graham (Class of ‘17) have been invited to trial for the Australian Senior Women’s & U/23 Women’s squads respectively in December. They too will be aiming for Olympic selection next year – good luck Emma and Lauren!
Whilst COVID heavily impacted the athletics season this year whereby a number of competitions were cancelled, the NSW All Schools Championship will be held on Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th December.
Good luck to our 11 representatives who will be competing across 24 events!
Julia Baxter – Class of 2020
Zara Warland – Year 10
Valentina Kuruc – Year 7
Claudia Wilson – Year 9
Elli Barron – Year 9
Eliza Matthews – Year 7
Amelia Rawson – Year 7
Bella Kachel – Year 9
Lily Tomlinson – Year 11
Olivia Lee-Jackson – Year 8
Caitlin Shannon – Year 7
Congratulations to Mia Jones (Year 9) who has been selected to play in the NSW U17s Rugby 7s championship in Bowral in December. Mia has also been taking part in the NSW City vs Country Oztag Championship and will be playing in the Senior State Cup for the U20’s in early December.
Well done Mia! We wish all the best for these competitions.
A reminder for all spectators this weekend to please follow the instructions at the venue you are attending. Some venues are not permitting spectators, and some have restrictions of one spectator per player – all this information is available on the Upcoming Fixtures and Events page in Canvas. All venues that are welcoming spectators will require you to sign in on arrival (usually via a QR code), maintain 1.5 metres between people from other households and follow appropriate hygiene practices such as washing hands.
Staying Safe at Sport
As a reminder, the following protocols are in currently in place for LN Sport:
- IGSSA, IPSHA, HKDTA and Rowing NSW have advised that spectators are welcome to return to Saturday sport fixtures, with each venue ultimately responsible for deciding whether spectators are permitted to return.
- Please comply with the track & tracing, social distancing and hygiene procedures that will be in place at each venue. If you are unsure, please ask the venue coordinator or a member of staff.
- Please do not arrive any earlier than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of your fixture.
We appreciate your ongoing patience and cooperation with these protocols.
Weather & Venue Closures
With some inclement weather being predicted across Sydney on Saturday, please make sure you know where to check for venue closures. The links for each Venue Closure site are further down in this newsletter, and they are also available for each sport on the Upcoming Fixtures and Events page in Canvas.
Please make sure you check the site or app relevant to your sport before leaving home on Saturday.
Loreto Sports Girl: Chloe Reeves
Current sport/activity: Tennis.
Favourite school sport/activity: Tildesley, IGSSA and Hornsby tennis.
Highest level of sporting achievement: I spent last year at boarding school in NZ, and at the end of the Summer tennis season I was selected in the Woodford House representative tennis team for Hawkes Bay. We got to compete in a four-day tournament against all the top girl players from schools throughout the North Island.
Best moment of Loreto Sport for you: I love going to the Tildesley Tennis tournament as everyone has trained for a long time and put in a lot of hard work leading up to the tournament. To see the whole squad there on the day is super exciting. It’s a fun day, filled with Normo spirit where everyone gets to cheer each other on, and also play some great tennis!
Favourite sporting moment as a spectator: Getting to watch Serena Williams play at the Australian Open in Melbourne. This was really exciting for me because I have always looked up to her, especially when I was younger and just starting tennis. Watching her play live was a dream come true, she’s such an amazing player and inspiring sportswoman.
Best subject at school: Business Studies.
Any superstitions before playing sport: When playing doubles with Annabelle we have a handshake we must do before we begin the match.
Best tune to listen to before competing: Hall of Fame.
Wet Weather Information
Please make sure you check the relevant wet weather sites for any news regarding cancellations.
IPSHA Sports: (via the app)
Who to see about what?
As a handy reference guide, the table below outlines the staff members who are responsible for sports and activities throughout the year. All enquiries about sport at Loreto should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
MR MATT MULRONEY
MRs Kristie Greville
Mrs Emily Wood
|Snowsports||IGSSA Softball||IPSHA Sports & Carnivals|
|Cross Country Pathway||LN Activities Program|
|IGSSA Touch Football||IGSSA Football|
|Hayden Fitness Centre||AFL|
Mr Stephen Charters
Mr David Brock
Mr Ian Edmunds
Mrs laura Bryan
|LN Invitational Badminton||IGSSA Tennis||Rowing||The Duke of Edinburgh Award Program|
|Mollie Dive Hockey||IGSSA Basketball|
|IGSSA Water Polo||IGSSA Netball|
|Athletics Pathway||Hornsby Tennis|
|Secondary School Carnivals|
We love to see photos of our students getting physically active and staying engaged in sport. Please send through any photos or videos to email@example.com
If you’re on Twitter, you can follow us at @loretonhsport – tweet us and use the hashtag #LetsGoLoreto and we’ll retweet as many as we can!
If you’re on Facebook, our page is at www.facebook.com/LoretoNHSport
Sport Contacts Term 4 2020
- IPSHA Sports Co-ordinator – Mrs Emily Wood
- Midweek Activities Co-ordinator – Mrs Emily Wood
- HKDTA Tennis Co-ordinator – Mr David Brock
- IGSSA Water Polo Co-ordinator – Mr Stephen Charters
- IGSSA Touch Football Co-ordinator – Mrs Kristie Greville
- Hayden Fitness Centre Co-ordinator – Mrs Kristie Greville
- Midweek Activities Co-ordinator – Mrs Emily Wood
- Head of Rowing – Mr Ian Edmunds
- Duke of Edinburgh – Mrs Laura Bryan
- Head of Sport – Mr Matt Mulroney
For IGSSA competitions the full draw points table, venue lists and wet weather details are also available from the IGSSA website here.
Mr Matthew Mulroney
Head of Sport