“Take your marks, GO!” was a familiar sound for many students over the last few months. Since the House Swimming Carnival, a group of students have been training and representing Northside Christian College at a number of interschool swimming competitions. In March, nineteen Primary School students and fifteen Secondary School students competed in the Eastern Region Championships with most students receiving a place in their races. Fifteen students then went on to compete in the Christian Schools Events Network (CSEN) State Championships which was held on Friday, 27th April 2018.
The dedication shown by our students was evident during our Monday and Friday morning training sessions. A special thank you to Emily Stewart, Rachel Stewart, Isabelle Kluchovsky, Ava Wedding and Stephen Wong who continued to train even though they did not qualify for the State Championships.
Over the two competitions we had many successes, improvements and amazing results. However Northside students shined the most with their encouraging teamwork and sportsmanship. At the State Championships, the College was able to bring home four silver medals and three bronze medals. Madison Kluchvosky was our most successful individual winning two silvers and a bronze medal.
As impressive as it is to win a medal in a competition, sometimes the best stories are about those who don’t win and we certainly have one of those to tell. Our Under 10 boys freestyle relay team qualified 9th fastest for the State Championships. These boys swam the most impressive race. Throughout the whole race they were coming in the top couple of teams and even until the last 15 meters they were in 3rd place. They ended up coming 5th, but as a team they improved by a massive 26 seconds! This race was the last event and was the most exciting of all, and was the last time our students heard the heart pulsing words “Take your marks, Go!”
In the coming weeks, Damien Furlong will be representing the CSEN at the Victorian School Associations Swimming Competition. All the best, Damien.
Northside Christian College
31 McLeans Rd, Bundoora VIC 3083, Australia
Phone: 03 9467 2499