Sports Report, 7 Nov 2018

Lauren Robards competing at the Oceania Track Championships

Lauren Robards competing at the Oceania Track Championships

Student achievement, Cycling
Lauren Robard’s return home from the Junior World Cycling Championships in Switzerland has meant a return to hard training. Her program has included twice-weekly bike work in the heat chamber at the University of Canberra, a climate-controlled room set at 40 degrees, 80 per cent humidity and reduced oxygen, as well as weekly trips to the velodrome in Sydney.

Her hard work paid off in the October school holidays when she competed against the best U19 Australian & New Zealand riders over four days of racing at the Oceania Track Championships in Adelaide. Lauren won three gold medals and a bronze from six events. This included a gold in the team pursuit final, which was sweet revenge on the New Zealand riders who were responsible for putting the Aussies out of gold medal contention at the world championships!

Lauren’s her sporting achievements haven’t been confined to 2019. As a Secondary School student at Radford, she has represented the ACT at national championships 22 times across the sports of athletics, cross country, indoor and outdoor hockey, and road and track cycling. She also represented Australia in athletics in Year 8 and has been an Australian cycling representative three times. In 2020, Lauren will take up a full scholarship with the Queensland Academy of Sport where she will train at the new Anna Meares velodrome. Congratulations to Lauren on her success and good luck for the future.

Student achievement, Cricket
Congratulations to Joey Slater, Jake Smith Gibson, Sarah Quilty and Amber Smith Gibson on their selection in the 12&U ACT Cricket team. They will compete at the Australian national tournament in Bunbury, Western Australia, in December.

Associated Southern Colleges (ASC) Cricket First XI
After a few years in exile, this season Radford has returned to the ASC Cricket First XI competition in both the one day (50-over) and T20 competitions. Coached by Radford Technical Director of Cricket, Darryle Macdonald, and captained by Jay Macdonald, who is also the 2018/19 Radford Boys Cricket Captain, the team had their first win of the season against the undefeated Daramalan side. Chasing a total of 219 runs, Radford’s shaky start in losing two early wickets, was brought to an end by the efforts of Year 12 student Jay Allen, who produced one of the most memorable innings in Radford Cricket history, striking 102 not out and guiding Radford to a comfortable victory with five overs to spare. After pushing Marist all the way the previous weekend, but just coming up short, it is encouraging to have our first win of the season on the board. Future difficult games against St Edmunds and Trinity will determine our success this season.

A special mention to Grace Kuchlmayr who made her debut in the side against Marist with some impressive bowling. Grace is the first female to play in the Radford First XI.

With Mr Macdonald guiding the ship, the future of Radford Cricket is in good hands. As well as the resurrection of the First XI ASC team we are also fielding U11, U12 and U14 Division 1 teams which have started the season well. We’re looking forward to several upcoming invitational fixtures.

Secondary School Athletics Carnival results
Congratulations to Karri House, led by Captain Lauren Robards, Vice-Captains Lachlan Sampson and Elise Northcote and MIC Tim Robards, on winning the 2018 Secondary School Athletics Carnival. Karri also won the Spirit Points on the day. Congratulations to Golden Slipper winners Nick Donaldson and April Downey.

Congratulations are also due to the following students who broke school records at the carnival:

  • Nick Donaldson – 100 metres / 11.09 seconds
  • James Anderson-Bowell – 100 metres / 11.43 seconds
  • Daniel Chadwick – Shotput / 13.53 metres
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