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the ruyton reporter

Excitement over the Olympics was at fever pitch in

August at Ruyton! All the Junior School girls participated

in our own Mini Olympics. The girls were randomly

assigned participating countries and encouraged to

wear the colours of that country on the day. Most of the

staff were dressed in Green and Gold, to represent

Australia, of course!

In this year of the Olympics in Rio it is also timely to

reflect on old Ruytonians who not only competed in

previous Olympics, but also were involved in an

administrative capacity. (See

Sue White

(’64) in Former

Students’ News.)

We are very proud of the efforts of

Kim Brennan


’03) who won a gold medal in the Women’s Single Sculls

at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where she led all the way in

the final race. Kim was also chosen to be the flag bearer

at the closing ceremony. She also competed at the 2012

London Olympics (winning a silver and bronze medal)

and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Throughout her Olympic

campaign Kim has always displayed integrity. Her

remarks post-race about giving back should serve as a

mantra to every Olympic athlete, as well as to every

Ruyton girl. We celebrate the achievements of other

Ruyton Olympians.

Claire Mitchell-Taverner

(’88) won

a gold medal in hockey at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Claire has used her own experience as a successful

athlete to support others to achieve a balanced

approach to the pursuit of their own goals.


Georgina (‘Gina’) Peele

(Douglas ’90) is an Australian

rower who competed at two Olympic Games: Atlanta in

1996 and Sydney in 2000. Her father, David Douglas,

was also an Olympic rower who won the silver medal in

the men’s eight at Mexico City in 1968.

Marilyn Young

(Wilson ’60) won silver at the Rome Olympics in 1960,

swimming in the Women’s 4 x 1 00mMedley Relay with

Janice Andrew, Dawn Fraser and Rosemary Lassig.


Linda Douglas,

our own Principal, competed in

rhythmic gymnastics at the Los Angeles Olympic Games

in 1984.

Currently, we know of four parents at Ruyton who are

former Olympians (do you know of any more?)



(mother of Helena in Year 8) is a former

Australian Olympic who competed in the high jump.

Alison represented Australia at Barcelona 1992, Atlanta

1996 and Sydney in 2000. Her husband (and father of


Scott Ferrier,

represented Australia in the Men’s

decathlon at Atlanta and Sydney.

Richard Macquire

(father of Olivia Year 8) is an Australian slalom canoeist

who competed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.



(father of Remy, Year 7) was one of the Oarsome

Foursome men’s rowing coxless crew and is a four-time

Olympic medalist.


Linda Douglas

reflected on her own

involvement at the 1984 Olympics, and reminds us that

being the best you can be must always be the aim, as so

few can be the very best. Here is an extract of what was

in a recent

Wednesday Weekly,

written by our Principal.

Last Friday the Year 12 Captains ran a thoughtful and

compassionate Assembly, which touched the hearts of

everyone in the Senior School. They focused on R U OK

Day, explaining the origins, the reasoning, and the way

we can use this philosophy to support one another in

a society where we feel compelled to say we are okay

– even when we are not. Over the weekend I reflected on

the Assembly and turned to Dr Brené Brown’s work on

Vulnerability for further thought. I realised that, so often

I focus on providing a strong role model for girls and

young women, but perhaps I don’t share with them my

own vulnerabilities. And that this could be helping to

perpetuate what I most fear for this next generation

of women: the notion of perfection as normality.

So I shared with the Senior School girls one of my most

vulnerable times in life. Beyond my immediate family,

I have never let anyone watch the short video of me

performing at the Olympics. In my mind it has not been

good enough. I know I tried my hardest and did the best

I could, but I always felt I let other people down. I let my

disappointment and the words of others overshadow

my achievement. After many years I have finally come to

terms with my Olympic journey and shared it with the

girls who inspire me. I have remembered why I find it so

important to acknowledge people for their endeavour.

Mainly because I always wonder if that would have

helped me to understand the Olympic experience better,

at a time when I was so far away from the natural

support of my family.

Having committed to the struggle for excellence, I have

learned so much from it, and not much of that learning

has been about winning. I like to think most of it has been

about how to live my life well. If there is one thing I want

for every Ruyton girl, it is to know that when she has

given her absolute best, there is no more required of her.

That being the best she can be must always be the aim,

as so few can be the very best. To give her best is

something to be truly proud of.

We congratulate all members in our community who

are or have been involved at an elite level in sport. They

have truly achieved their personal best and are good

examples for us all to follow.

We love to share news of the exploits of Old Ruytonians

in whatever field they may be engaged. Please send all

news to The Editor, Mrs Elizabeth Beattie, at

or dire

ct at beattiee@

Olympic Fever

Being the Best You Can Be