2019 ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

There was a sense of deja vu at Corio Campus on Sunday 15 September as last year's House winners - Clyde and Cuthbertson in Senior School; Toorak, Barwon and Connewarre in Middle School - retained their respective titles. It was a tremendous day with a full programme of events that were largely uninterrupted by the threatening wet weather; only the Boys' Open High Jump, in a programme of 197 events, had to be suspended due to dangerous, slippery conditions.

The Athletics Carnival is a fantastic opportunity for the entire School community to come together. From the Timbertop Aths on Saturday to the Tabloid Athletics Carnival for Prep to Year 4 students on Perry Oval to kick-off the Sunday festivities, every student from our four campuses has the opportunity to participate in a range of fun activities that foster team and house spirit. That house spirit carries on to Middle and Senior School, where participation plays such a huge role in deciding who takes home the respective titles each year.

The dominance of Clyde and Cuthbertson houses in recent years has been built on strength in depth and a commitment to filling every slot available in each event. Clyde has now won 14 titles in a row, while Cuthbertson has won six straight and 14 of the past 15. This year, however, one Clyde athlete stole the show and helped secure their victory. Saffie Yates (Yr10) dominated the middle and long distance events across the two-day carnival, winning the Girls' Open 1500m and 3000m events, the Under 16 400m and 800m events in times that would have placed her 2nd and 1st respectively in Open class, and was a part of the victorious Clyde Under 17 4x800m and Under 16 4x400m relay teams. Saffie was, not surprisingly, named Girls' Under 16 Age Group Champion for this year's carnival.

Mia Gross (Yr12 Fr) left her mark on her final GGS Aths Carnival, winning the Girls' Open 100m, 200m, 400m and Shot Put events.

Nick Henry (Yr12 FB) and Declan Harry (Yr12 P) provided two of the highlights of the carnival in the form of their running battle in the Open sprint events. Nick prevailed by two-tenths of a second in both the 100m and 200m but was made to fight for both right down to the line.

Abbey Krippl (Yr10 A) recovered from a fall in her pet event, the Hurdles, on Wednesday to take out the Under 17 100m, Long Jump and Shot Put. Abbey's 100m time of 12.6 seconds makes her the second-fastest 16-year-old in the School's history, behind only Mia. 

Matthew Chen (Yr6 Hi) was the only student to break a School Record at this year's carnival. Matthew ran a blistering 30.1 seconds in the Boys' Under 12 200m to break Carter Harris-Smith's record from 2007 by one-and-a-half seconds. Matthew completed the 100m/ 200m/ 400m trifecta in his age group.