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 opportunity to train in a great environment not just for cross country, but also as a cross training alternative for other sports such as athletics, rowing, triathlon and cross country skiing held in different seasons. 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.
In 2019 we continued our focus on personal achievements at both a competitive level and through training that supported athletes at levels appropriate to their goals.
Our Junior team finished the season in a credible second place, and while they didn’t walk away with first place, the intermediate group moved from a bottom position to a position up the ladder that had many other schools worrying. Our Opens team were enthusiastic, showing the grit and determination to not just compete, but to always back up every weekend for an eight-kilometre race, something we all admired.
Working as a Team
There is a great sense of camaraderie and team unity in the Newington program.
Our continued catchcry, ‘Process over outcome’, recognises personal development and personal bests on the competition field. Ownership of this methodology is important to the cross country runner. This year a number of boys progressed to the CIS Championships. From this, boys progressed to the NSW State Schools Championship with Angus Beer captaining the NSW team at the Australian Cross Country Championships. Archie Cuttance continued his captaincy in 2018 and fulfilled the role as an experienced campaigner bringing his own leadership style, humour and dignity to a difficult role.
Congratulations to the following boys on their representation:
- Combined Independent Schools (CIS): Angus Beer, Samuel Clemens, Makenzie Kautz, Curtis Mackinnon, Thomas Inglis, James Southon and Phillip Antipas
- NSW All Schools: Angus Beer, Makenzie Kautz, Thomas Inglis and James Southon
- Australian Cross Country Championships: Angus Beer, also NSW team captain
- GPS representative: Angus Beer (GPS v CAS)