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The 2017 Guildford Grammar School Athletics season was once again a building time with steady improvements being made . Following the success of the 2016 program , we again offered six Sunday morning sessions at the WA Athletics Stadium in Mt Claremont prior to the season proper . This valuable opportunity for the students allowed them to get in the athletics mindset and refine their technique .
The Term 3 athletics season ran for four weeks and during that time the students were given the opportunity to attend training sessions every afternoon at school . Head Coach , Kylie Wheeler and other specialist coaches ; Phill Langley , Rudy Kocics , Ebony Talbert , Tongchai Quartermaine , Sam Shambrook ( SG 08-12 ) and Callum Smith ( Wb 09-14 ) were able to assist the students with their athletics development when they committed to these trainings . The dedication and commitment from a range of students was commendable and it was this attitude and effort that saw us perform consistently at both the Quads and PSA Athletics events .
Quads were held on Friday 1 September at the WA Athletics Stadium with Guildford , Scotch , Wesley and Christ Church battling it out for the Lynn Shield . This was a great opportunity for the students to size up their competition before the PSA Carnival the following week . Our athletes were fantastic on the day and Guildford came away with a third placing ahead of Wesley .
and consistently demonstrated an excellent attitude toward training and competition .
Team Captain Reilly Oliver ( 12Fr ) and Vice- Captain Nicholas MacLachlan ( 12Wb ) are to be congratulated for their outstanding leadership . They were proactive and encouraging throughout the entirety of the season , setting a high standard and leading by example . Having both been involved in GGS athletics for six years , Reilly and Nic have been great ambassadors and role models throughout their time and made valuable contributions to the sport .
The day ended with Guildford placing 7th overall , edging closer again to Wesley who finished in 6th place . Guildford β s point score this year was an achievement in itself , and for the first time in seven years we attained over 1000 points . Looking ahead to the 2018 season , as a positive athletics culture continues to develop within the school , we are determined to maintain the steady improvement trend shown over the last couple of years .
Mr Jeff Giles Director of Athlete Development
Chapel Gift win for Bennett
The PSA Carnival was an exciting day which took place at the WA Athletics Stadium on 8 September . The input and involvement from all the athletes on the day was excellent with many boys competing across a range of events throughout the day demonstrating their determination of spirit .
The boys achieved some outstanding results , with special mention to Benjamin Anderson ( 7SG ) who set a new PSA record in the U13 1500m running a time of 4:39.15 . Congratulations also to Nicholas Sheppard ( 10He ) and Joseph Hinder ( 12Ha ) who were in the top five point scorers for their year groups on the day .
The prestigious Graham Gibson trophy was also awarded to Nicholas Sheppard ( 10He ) who was runner-up age group Champion . Nicholas competed in all first division events finishing 2nd in both the 100m and Triple Jump and 3rd in the 200m and Long Jump while anchoring the 4 x 100 metre relay . Nic has been an integral part of the team
The Athletics season got off to a flying start , with the annual running of the Chapel Gift taking place at lunchtime on Tuesday 22 August .
The Chapel Gift race is a 435m sprint by the fastest runner in each House , around the Senior School , starting in front of the Chapel , on the third ring of the Chapel bell .
This year , boarder Graydon Wilson ( 12Be ) was awarded the prestigious Chapel Gift trophy for 2017 .