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Athletes Produce their Best at APS Finals
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On Saturday 20 October, 44 girls and 42 boys represented The Geelong College in the APS Athletics Finals at Lakeside Stadium, widely regarded as the best school-based athletics meeting in Australia.

In the morning, the College girls had to endure constant rain and cold conditions, but showed commendable resilience and team spirit to record 28 personal bests in their individual events. They finished fourth in the six-team girls' competition.

The highlights were: Cassidy Bradshaw (Year 9) won all four of her individual events (U16 200m, 400m, Long Jump and Triple Jump) and competed in two relays; Mimmi Balaam (Year 12), 1st in Open 800m and 2nd in Open 1500m; Ruby Pekin-Schlicht (Year 12), 1st in Open High Jump and 3rd in Open Triple Jump; and Skye Ellis (Year 9), 1st in U16 800m and 2nd in U16 1500m.

Other girls to finish in the top three in their individual events were Year 12 athletes Libby Falkiner and Jessica McLachlan; Year 11s Zoe Sandner, Penelope Blight and Ciara Philpott; Year 10s Olivia Richardson and Amy Thornton; Year 9s Antoniette Emma-Nnopu and Kate Synoradzki; Year 8s Cecilia Powers, Phoebe Calvert and Andie Taylor; Mia Kemp (Year 7) and Rose Jones (Year 5).

In the APS Boys' Athletics Sports in the afternoon, the College team recorded 26 personal bests, increased their previous team score by 39 points and finished ninth in the 11-school competition.

Oliver Courtnay (Year 11) won both the U17 Shot Put and Open Discus, setting new APS and School Records in both events. Oliver now holds the APS Shot Put Record in U14, U15, U16 and U17 – a remarkable achievement. Nicholas O'Brien (Year 9) won his 800m for the third year in a row; Hamish Poulter (Year 9) finished 1st in U16 Long Jump in a new School Record; Miles Gray (Year 7) won the U14 Shot Put and finished 3rd in U15 Discus; Patrick Poulter (Year 7) finished 1st in U14 100m in a new School Record; Ethan Gubbels (Year 12) came 2nd in Open Shot Put; and Josh Payne (Year 7) was 3rd in U14 Long Jump  in a New School Record.

Thank you to the Captains of our two teams and the other Year 12 athletes for their leadership. Our Girls’ Co-Captains were Mimmi Balaam and Libby Falkiner, and Sam Barnes was our Boys’ Captain.

Well done to all College athletes and their coaches for their commitment and achievements during the 2018 season.

Dan Clifford (TIC) and Tim Parkes

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