Although an individual sport, there is great camaraderie in Cross Country at Newington.
Newington Cross Country Program
Cross Country is a non-contact sport that offers the boys an alternative to Athletics and other winter sports. Newington offers excellent facilities including a weights room and nearby Sydney Park is a great venue for training and competition.
In the AAGPS competition, each school hosts a meet on varied courses, with advancement to the following championships – AAGPS versus CAS, NSW CIS, NSW All Schools and Australian All Schools. Training is held at least twice a week both on the field and in the pool.
2016 was a strong year for the College’s Cross Country team with the U16s crowned AAGPS Champions. The U14s placed fourth place while the Opens placed a credible fifth.
Whilst Cross Country is an individual event, there is a great sense of camaraderie and team unity in the Newington program. As a team, the boys train hard together and support and encourage each other at training sessions and on race days.
Working as a Team
There is a great sense of camaraderie and team unity in the Newington program.
The boys were encouraged to see themselves achieve, not just in terms of results, but also in reaching personal goals throughout the season. This year a number of boys progressed to the CIS Championships at Eastern Creek, with the Junior team being crowned CIS Champions. From this, more boys progressed to the NSW State Schools Championship with Angus Beer earning a place on the State Team for the National Championships which he duly won.
The Cross Country team was superbly led by Tom Naayen with support from his deputy David Murray.
Congratulations to the following boys on their representation:
- U12 – Winners of the CIS U12 teams division
James Smith, William Smith, Renato Pane, Benjamin Tahmindjis
- U14 – Winners of the CIS U14 teams division
Josh Macdessi, Justin Raja, Oliver Smith, Kieran Corcoran
- CIS Representatives at the NSW State Champsionships
Angus Beer, Josh Macdessi, James Smith, William Smith