The annual SMGS Cross-Country carnival was held on 22nd March 2017 at The Station Resort in the foothills of the spectacular Snowy Mountains.  Thankfully the weather held out and allowed for a great day of running. Congratulations to Mowamba House for once again taking out the Cross-Country House Trophy. They have been dominant in this event over the past ten years and are continuing this trend. It was great also to see the passion shown by the entire school community as students, teachers and parents cheered and shouted support through all the races. The K-2 children ran 800m, ages 8, 9 and 10 ran 2km, ages 11, 12 and 13 ran 3km, ages 14-15 ran 4km, ages 16, 17 and 18 girls ran 4km, and ages 16, 17 and 18 boys ran 5km.

Quotes-

On tips for a successful race:

“Just keep running and don’t stop.” – Jimmy Batson

“Keep pacing yourself and tell yourself you can make it.” – Sam Roche

“Don’t think about the negative, think about the positive and just keep going.” – Mackenzie Harding

On when the going gets tough:

“If your legs hurt, keep running, and if your legs don’t hurt … keep running.” – Charlotte Wilson

On surprising yourself:

“It was a very hard course. I’m pretty proud of getting first.” – Will Melloh

A special congratulations to all age champions:

8 Girls: Stephanie Connell

9 Girls: Stella Smith

9 Boys: Jack Willsmer

10 Girls: Ally Quinn

10 Boys: Billy Brown

11 Girls: Abbey Wilson

11 Boys: Clancy Bell

12 Girls: Charlotte Wilson

12 Boys: Will Melloh

13 Girls: Mackenzie Harding

13 Boys: Braeden Woods-Smith

14 Girls: Olivia Burke

14 Boys: Kalob Blyth

15 Girls: Annabelle Forster

15 Boys: Jack Fairfield-Smith

16 Girls: Matilda Flett

16 Boys: Declan Burke

17 Girls: Antonia Murphy

17 Boys: Jake Kennedy

18 Girls: Indiana Hansen

18 Boys: Josh Kuner

Our house carnivals run like a well-oiled machine, which is directly attributable to our passionate school community who work so diligently to ensure each event is pulled off in a meticulously planned manner. Of our school’s knack for running such positive events, Mr Tim Bland, Head of Sport, stated, “Much time and effort was given to ensure the success of this event and I thank all the staff and prefects who arrived very early on the day to set up and stayed late to help with the pack-up. I also wish to thank the staff members and students who were on checkpoints and timing throughout the day.”

Students now move on to the next stage in the carnival pathway to hopefully go on to represent SMGS at state and national events.

Our primary students move on to Heads of Independent Co-Educational Schools NSW and ACT (HICES) and secondary students move on to the Independent Sporting Association (ISA) event. Students are then picked for the New South Wales Independent Schools Sports Council (NSWCIS) team for state, and finally NSW All Schools for nationals.