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the ruyton reporter
Sporting Success
2011
Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta
In March, 58 rowers represented Ruyton in the Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta
on the Barwon River in Geelong.
The Head of the Schoolgirls is the largest regatta of its kind in the Southern
Hemisphere, with over 2000 schoolgirls representing almost 50 schools from
across Victoria.
Ruyton’s rowers represented the School with a tenacious attitude and a strong display
of the skills and team work they have developed over the course of the gruelling
rowing season.
Highlights included Ruyton’s Senior 5th Crew winning their A Final and both Year 9
1
st and 2nd crews placing first in their respective B Finals.
The Head of the Schoolgirls is not only a display of our rowers’ competitive spirit and
athleticism, but also a celebration of school spirit. Principal Ms Linda Douglas recalls
one example of the Ruyton spirit at this event “as the yellow caps of the Ruyton crew
came into sight down the river, so did an enormous flurry of blue uniforms and yellow
caps on the opposite bank. All of the Ruyton girls were running along the pathway,
cheering on the Senior 1st Crew.”
We thank the Ruyton community for their strong support of our rowers this season.
Mr Matt Wilson,
Director of Rowing
Australian Youth Track & Field Championships
Ruyton’s athletes have continued a tradition of excellence by claiming a school record of eight medals
at The Australian Youth Track and Field Championships. Eight Ruyton girls competed in the five day carnival,
held in hot and humid conditions at Homebush Stadium in Sydney in March.
Middle distance runners
Jessica Mourney
and
Natalie Rule
each won two individual medals in their
respective (and highly competitive) Under 15 and Under 16 age groups.
Laura Powell’s
barnstorming finish
in the Under 14 1500 metre event was certainly a contender for ‘Race of the Championships’. Laura’s
victorious effort is all the more commendable when we consider she has another year yet to compete
in this age group.
Sarah Billings
had an outstanding Championships in the Under 14 sprint events. A third place in the
100
metres, a second in the 200 metres and a victory in the sprint relay has stamped her as an athlete
of undeniable quality.
Ruyton’s exceptional performance at these Championships demonstrates the depth of athletic talent
at the School.The School’s record medal haul was complemented by a number of girls achieving personal
best times.The team of
Jessica Mourney, Natalie Rule, Sarah Billings, Laura Powell, Sophie Perry,
Georgie Meehan, Grace Kalac
and
Stephanie Larkin
are to be congratulated on their intensity of effort,
sportsmanship and camaraderie during the Championships.
Stephen Ellinghaus,
Head Coach Track and Field
Open four division four winners
Sarah with her silver medal
Natalie at The Australian Youth Track and Field Championships