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ATC Summer Water Sports Make a Splash

The sun is out and the weather is definitely warming up which means the pool and our aquatics sports are firing up for the year.

Triathlon

Race Report – All Schools Triathlon – 28 October by Graeme Fidler
It was another terrific year for ATC at the 2018 All Schools Triathlon. With 25 athletes racing ATC was again one of the largest individual school groups at the event. Including the parent and support group attending the boarder ATC community at the event was over 60 people.

Aquathlete Isaac Prain charging towards the finish chute after a great race.

Our aquathletes were away first, racing in the Primary and Kids Aquathon events. Most of these boys are new to multi-sport racing and represented ATC with gusto and with all the new skills they have acquired through their hard work at training. These junior athletes raced hard and were always smiling for the camera when Mr Senior was in range taking some great action shots. We all cheered them on out on course and were at finish line to congratulate them on their efforts for the day. Well Done boys!

This year ATC was represented in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior triathlon categories with 15 triathletes competing. The dedication these boys have put into their training was on show on race day with all boys racing very well. It was great to see the confidence they had in themselves for their races. All the boys knew they had done the work required in training and were “ready”. The triathletes raced hard and in good spirit and every one of them gave all they had on the day, something we had spoken about prior to racing. One of the great things about triathlon is that the boys learn how to accept a challenge every time they step up to the start line. Regardless of race results boys get to demonstrate their personal best every time they go racing.

ATC finished the event in 6th place in the All Schools Championship for 2018 and provisional results indicate that 13 ATC boys have qualified for the Met West Triathlon & Aquathlon Team to race at the QSS State Championships in March 2019. These are outstanding results the boys should all be very proud of. The 2018 All Schools event has been another huge success for our athletes and for our extended ATC community of family, friends and supporters. As always I am hugely proud of our junior athletes. They are a credit to themselves, their school and their families. A big call out of thanks to all who contributed to a fantastic day.

Swimming

A combined Ambrose Treacy College and Brigidine College swimming team kicked off the competitive swimming season last Friday night in a 3 way meet against Genesis Christian College and Moreton Bay Boys College and Moreton Bay Girls College. There was some great competition on the night with many elite level swimmers in attendance at the meet. The depth of talent in the ATC team saw us take out the boys competition with Genesis winning the girls competition and Genesis also held on to win the overall combined points score. The meet was conducted with a great competitive spirit and was enjoyed by all that were in attendance.

The next swimming meet on the calendar is against Brisbane Boys College on Friday 9 November here at ATC. This event is for any students who wishes to come along and have a swim, particularly those who haven’t swum for the College yet and are keen to get involved in the school swimming season. Next year we have additional meets and championships including QCIS Championships, Dual in the Pool with Brigidine College, Br Miller Shield at Nudgee College and Greater Brisbane Conference (GBC) Swimming Championships against schools such as Sheldon College, The Springfield Anglican College, Rivermount College and Redeemer College. If you would like to come along to swim at the ATC Vs BBC Meet, Friday 9 November please click here.

Water Polo

Our 14 Water Polo team has had a mixed start to the season with our boys having close and not so close games. They have been working hard with coaches David Bloor and Michael Wells to rapidly develop their skills both individually and as a team. Our older water polo players also attended Met West trials on Monday with Jesse Davies and Tom Kearney both being selected to attend the state trials, with Tyler Hoskin named as shadow. Best of luck to all of our water polo players for the summer ahead.

Canoe Polo

Building on skills learnt in Paddle Play in Year 4, our Year 5 canoe polo players have hit the pool with enthusiasm and are enjoying friendly competition each Wednesday evening. In the 1st Inter-school Canoe Polo competition held in Brisbane, ATC welcomed Ferny Grove State School and Brigidine College to the pool this week. With a very high level of skill, sportsmanship and enthusiasm, players fought hard in each of their two games. ATC White team won both their games, taking honours on the night but the aim of the evening was also to promote Canoe Polo and new friendships and all were winners on both counts.

Canoe polo action at ATC.

Dave Capra
Director of Co-curricular Activities

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