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.
2017 was a strong year for the College’s Cross Country team with the under 16s and under 14s being held to second place by the narrowest margins. The Opens team, while small in numbers raised their position through the season to finish in fifth place.
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. The Cross Country team was superbly led by David Charlton with support from his deputy Max Quinn and the rest of the year 12 leadership group.
Congratulations to the following boys on their representation:
- Combined Independent Schools GPS representatives – Bailey Hablr, Henry Isherwood, William Smith, James Smith, Joe Dyster, Angus Beer, Matt Dyster, David Charlton, Louis Banning-Taylor and Max Quinn
- NSW All Schools CIS Representatives – Henry Isherwood, Bailey Hablr, William Smith, James Smith, Matt Dyster and Angus Beer
- NSW Representatives at Australian Championships – Angus Beer and Bailey Hablr
- GPS Representative – Matt Dyster (GPS v CAS)