BSSC’s sporting elite gathered at the Strategem Studio on Wednesday to celebrate the achievements of those who competed at State, National or International level this year in their chosen sport.

It was the 11th annual Elite Sport Stars Luncheon and once again students were treated to some great advice from a sporting champion. Our guest speaker was 800-metre runner, Peter Bol, who spoke about his incredible journey from Sudanese refugee to Australian Olympian. Peter spoke about the many challenges he faced climbing through the ranks to become National Champion in 2013 and ultimately an Olympian at the Rio games.

He spoke to students about the wealth of opportunities open to them, making the most of specialised coaching, setting achievable goals, and finding the balance between study, training and relaxation.

“The journey is much more important than the results,” he stressed. “If you work hard, stay calm, and enjoy what you do, the results will come naturally.”

Principal Linda Lyons urged students to bring the same level of commitment and determination to their upcoming VCE exams, while BSSC’s Director of Sport gave tribute to the many staff and specialist coaches who dedicated their time to coach our athletes in 2017:

Dean Sheldrick, Travis Matheson and Bill Higgs (AFL), Scott Collier (Badminton), Duane Anderson and Mark Fox (Cricket), Roy Preece (Lacrosse & Cross-country), Dan Gibbons (Hockey), Leah Whiffen (Lawn Bowls), Kate Denman and Kara Fox (Netball), Paige Conder and Barnaby Seviour (Soccer), Kris Ellery (Swimming), Simon Wood (Tennis), Rick Coburn (AFL), Carol Cathcart (Netball), Jonathan Goodman (Basketball), Mick Lawlor (Hockey), Gino Luliano (Lacrosse), Jimmy Shelton and Monica Isip (Volleyball).