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. 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 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.
There are three Divisions which boys compete in:
U13 and U14
U15 and U16
U17 and Open
The 2017 season saw schools from the CAS and ISA competitions involved, this 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. After weeks of training and hard work, the season culminated in the 122nd 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.
2017 AAGPS Athletics Championships
Junior Division The Newington team after finishing third in 2016 were determined to climb the ladder in 2017. In a battle with Kings and St, Joseph’s, Newington pulled away in the afternoon session to claim a fantastic result for this team. Despite the individual talent in each age group the real strength of the Division was the training ethic of the boys across all events, this kept driving the performances and made selection very tough for the final day of competition
2017 Athletics Championships
With boys returning to the Athletics program from injury the year before and several new boys, we were excited to see what the outcome would be in the Intermediate Division. After the heartbreak of 2016 where the team finished behind the Kings School by one point, the boys were focussed all season to improve the result from the year prior. Once again it proved to be a tough day of competition between Kings, Riverview and Newington. With the Sprint team dominating in the afternoon Newington sealed the day with two wins in the U15 and U16 relay races.
After a couple of lean years, the Senior boys were determined to improve on past performances. Despite a couple of injuries, the boys never dropped their heads and competed to the final race of the day, the team eventually finishing fifth. To those boys in Year 12 who will finish with Athletics colours, congratulations on your time with Newington Athletics.