Sports Report: 9 May 2018
By Daniela Gray, Senior Sports Administration Manager
Interschools Equestrian calendar
The first event on the Interschools Equestrian calendar for 2018 has taken place and Radford students are out and about, competing against other schools in ACT and NSW.
Eri Niisato and Lara Christoffelsz (left) represented Radford at the Snowy Mountains Interschool Equestrian Competition in Jindabyne in early May. They both did very well, winning and placing in showjumping (their main discipline) and dressage events.
Upcoming events include the North West Equestrian Expo at Coonabarabran from 1–5 June and an extravaganza of around 500 students competing in Australia’s largest annual Interschools equestrian event, followed by the NSW State Interschools Championships in Sydney from 16–20 July.
Email Radford Team Parent Organiser Margaret Bowen or phone her on 0419186167 to discuss joining the Radford Equestrian Team or discover more information on events.
Radford Orienteering off to a great start
By John C Guthrie, parent
Radford Orienteering got off to a fast and fun official start last Saturday, 5 May.
Primary and Secondary students, along with their parents, manoeuvred around a straight course at Weston Park, providing a great beginning for the year.
This great start began with coaches Toni Brown and Paul de Jongh running an ‘Intro To Orienteering’ event next to Lake Ginninderra and at Radford at the end of last term, providing a means for new team members to come to terms with the intricacies of orienteering, and to meet other members of the team.
The Radford Orienteering Team is respected within the ACT orienteering community not only because of its great success in national events last year, but also (as I heard from ACT members on Saturday) because it is integrated into and supports the broader ACT orienteering community.
As Radford team members of all ages finish their runs, they regularly consult with experienced adults about how they approached and managed particular mapping challenges. Orienteering in the ACT is a sport requiring physical fitness and mental acumen. Team members are very quickly treated as adults. This was demonstrated on Saturday, with Year 9 participants discussing their approach to some of the more complex mapping challenges with more senior and experienced ACT orienteers.
That said, it still remains a sport of passion as well as intellect. Watching a Year 8 team member last year belting down the lower side of Mt Jerrabomberra, being chased by five team members from another school, reminded me of Roald Dahl in his Hurricane fighter, flying low to the ground to avoid getting shot down by five Messerschmitt fighters in the Battle of Greece!
It looks like 2019 will be another great year, with highly talented new team members undertaking the more complex courses right from the beginning, and sons and daughters beating their parents in manoeuvring around the course. As you can see from the photos above, the camaraderie continues.
We will watch with interest!
First games played in netball season
The netball season began on Saturday, 5 May, at both the Charnwood and Lyneham courts.
The sun was shining and the atmosphere was electric, with smiles all 'round, as you can see in the top photo.
Well done to all our netballers. We are looking forward to a great season.
Girls' rugby kicks off with a win
The Radford girls' rugby team played its first-ever game on the weekend and won!
Congratulations, players. What a fabulous beginning.