Sporting highlights demonstrate excellence

A fundamental aspect of personal development and success lies in cultivating a strong sense of belonging and striving to be the best you can be. This is often experienced through sporting endeavours, teams and events, where students embody the essence of camaraderie, sportsmanship and excellence. Recent sporting activities and achievements by Northholm students highlight the strength of our community and the resilience and determination of the individuals within it.

Inter-House competitions are important events on the Northholm calendar, filled with laughter, House spirit and a splash of friendly competition among our four Houses: Capell, Lincoln, Patteson and Rowland. Beyond the thrill of competition, colourful banners and face paint, these occasions embody the spirit of School values of inclusivity, respect and unity. In Term 1, Northholm has kicked off the 2024 Inter-House race for the Joncour Shield and the Spirit Cup with three events:  the annual Years 3 to 12 Swimming Carnival, the Inter-House Cross Country Carnival and the Inter-House Basketball competition. In addition to earning valuable House points, these events also support in selection for carnivals and competitions against other schools.

In the Hills Zone competition, Northholm Grammar students continue to achieve outstanding results both independently and in team events. At the HZSA Swimming Carnival, Northholm’s Primary Years team was named the Best Performed School for the 4th year in a row. Two students, Kaylene Park (Under 11) and Rose Harrington (12 Years), were named Age Champion for their years, with Kaylene setting three new individual records and both girls being a part of the record-breaking Senior Relay Team with Alexa Garcia and Cadence Chiu. In addition, four secondary students qualified for the Association of Independent Co-Educational School’s (AICES) carnival in April.

In basketball, several players have stood out among their already strong teams to qualify for selection: Oliver French and Jessica Debenham in the HZSA 16s and CIS teams, and Brady Stockdale and Phoenix McFarland in the CIS 18s Basketball team. In an amazing accomplishment, both Brady and Phoenix, through their hard work to hone their talents, have been chosen to represent Team Australia and will travel to the USA with their squads for international competition later in the year. Year 6 student Tony Moussa also made selection for the CIS Basketball trials and the U12 Northholm Breakers Basketball team finished runner up un the Winter Hills Hornets Club competition.

Although they compete as individuals, the Northholm Equestrian Team are a supportive group of students who have continued their run of exceptional results in a range of events. Most recently this included at the Arndell Jumping Classic where Alexa Garcia was awarded overall 105sm Champion, Arabella Izzard placed first in 60cm and both Jess Ball and Sophie Smart achieved podium finishes.

Though the list of recent sporting achievements is almost endless, other results which deserve recognition include: Max Zollinger placing first in his age division and the Juniors (all ages up to 20 years) at the Canberra International Judo Competition, Tiana Roberts third place at the National Championships in the Open Women’s Sabre Fencing Competition and selection for the Australian Fencing Team (competing in Christchurch in July) and both Amber Tesoriero (Year 8) and Evy Milne (Year 9) made the HZSA Touch Football team. In an exceptional display of resilience and collaboration, three Year 7 students competed as a team in the Junior Girls NSW All Schools Triathlon; congratulations to Ally Park (swim), Sylvia Dagg (cycle) and Ashleigh Mansell (run) for their amazing First Place!

The successes of Northholm Grammar students in their sporting endeavours is a testament to their coaches, their families’ support and each student’s enthusiasm and dedication to achieving their best. At all events, Northholm students demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship, supporting each other and representing their school with pride. We applaud all our students who participate for fostering our Northholm pillars through co-curricular activities.

Read more about the co-curricular opportunities for students at Northholm Grammar here: