Athletics at Newington offers a range of events for boys of all skills and abilities.
Newington Athletics Program
The Athletics program at Newington continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Our boys train both onsite and at Sydney Olympic Park, taking advantage of the world-class facilities on offer. We have an experienced group of coaches who work with the boys to help them achieve their personal best.
Participation in Athletics is not compulsory for students but is open to all boys in Year 7 to 12. There are a number of boys who are invited to participate because of their results in fitness testing and others because of specific abilities in field events. The season culminates with the AAGPS Athletics Carnival which the whole school attends.
Hurdles; 100m; 200m; 400m; 800m; 3000m; 4 x 100m relays; 4 x 400m relays
Shot Put; Long Jump; High Jump
Training and Competition
The Newington team trains twice a week for each event and boys often attend training for multiple squads throughout the week. Competitions take place on Friday evenings or Saturdays throughout the season.
Boys are encouraged to participate in external competitions such as the CIS Athletics Meet and the New South Wales All Schools Championships to supplement their competition experience. The AAGPS season culminates in the AAGPS Championships which occurs towards the end of Term 3.
In 2016, the AAGPS Athletics competition was moved to the end of the winter sport season. With the addition of CAS and ISA schools there was increased competition across all events at the four weekends of Invitational Meets. These carnivals helped the boys and coaches to determine which strategies worked best against their competition. During the season the boys achieved a number of successes including two new AAGPS records, two AAGPS records equalled and seven Newington records set.
After weeks of training and hard work, the season culminated in the 121st AAGPS Athletics Championships. The support from the boys and the staff in the stands was an outstanding example of the school spirit at the College.
2016 AAGPS Athletics Championships
There were outstanding results in the Intermediate division which brought Newington to within one point, on 369, of the division winners the King’s School on 370 Points – with a gap of some 61 points to St Ignatius’ College in third place.
2016 Athletics Chmapionships
Our Junior division also performed well with a third place finish behind The King’s School and Saint Ignatius’ College.
Year 9 Angus Beer gave the boys plenty of reasons to cheer as he broke the U14 800 m and 1500 m records. Angus broke two minutes for the 800 m and ran 4:12 for the 1500 m, breaking the record by 10 seconds! In fine sportsmanship he stood waiting to shake the hand of each competitor over the line.
Fellow record breaker, Year 10 James Roach equalled the U15 200 m record, clocking in at 2:35 in a masterfully controlled hair’s breadth finish. In track and field events, Year 10 James Karabesinis in the U15 Long Jump event equalled Lachlan Little’s (ON 2012) record and jumped 6.35 m. Well done to our U15 4 x 100 m Relay team who added the full 20 points to the score with a win.
Congratulations to The King’s School on their achievements in taking out all three divisions.