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Adey Win 2013 Athletics Carnival

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Adey made it back-to-back wins by taking out the 2013 Athletics Carnival at Santos Stadium on March 22.

Friday, March 22 saw the students make their annual trek across the ovals towards Santos Stadium for the Adelaide High School Athletics Carnival. Despite the possibility of rain, the day was perfect for competitive events.

The hurdles were the first main attraction of the day and once the starter’s gun signaled the start of the day’s events, the cheering could be heard all the way back to Adelaide High. With the field events running smoothly, the day looked like it would be another success. Unfortunately the clouds burst and the expected rain saw the competitors scramble to seek protection from the sudden showers. With the track starting to soak up the water, it began to look like the 100m, 400m and relay events would not proceed. A desperate call for runners to wear spikes could be heard as a determined Ms Shillabeer searched for a solution to beat the weather conditions. Before the decision was made to cancel these events, the rain stopped and the sun gradually broke through the cloud cover. The track was soon swarming once again with competitors as they made their way towards the finish line.

The Novelty Events, which were also disrupted by the sudden change in weather, created a lot of excitement for the participants. The Spoke Relay was followed by the Tug-of-War event and the students were entertained by the losing teams that were dragged across the ground and emerged from the event wet and covered in mud. The Three Legged Races combined coordination with team work and some techniques used by the competitors were a little unorthodox but certainly entertaining to watch. Once again, Adey dominated the Novelty Events and emerged victors with a score of 162 points followed closely by Morriss with 160.

A number of records were broken during the course of the day but two competitors in particular stood out above the rest. Continuing on from her impressive efforts last year, Macghey’s Ruby Luders dominated the field events for the Open Girls division with outstanding record breaking results in the Shot Put, Discus and Javelin. Jennifer Partington flew past her opposition in the U/16 Hurdles to score bonus points for West with a record 16.82 seconds.  She also achieved top score in the U/16 Javelin with a throw of 25.20 metres. Congratulations also to Chloe Craig (U/15 Overall Winner), James Macrae and Frankie Schinella for joining that elite group of record breakers.

Adey dominated the day in all categories and two of their senior competitors, Kimberly Nguyen and Sam Thomas, took out the Open Individual Trophy awards. The Girls’ House results featured the Adey girls as they soared to victory with 1225 points, well over 100 points clear of their closest rival, West. However, a surprise package emerged with the announcement of the Boys’ House results. Morriss lifted the roof off the stadium with their cheers as their team was identified as the boys’ winner with 1340 points, only 23 points in front of Adey.

Despite this result, Adey chalked up their second consecutive win with a score of 2704 and added another House Athletics Carnival title to their already impressive collection. The Adey Staff Relay team added to the celebrations with a win in the final event. West deserve a special mention for achieving the Runner- Up Award. The event not only showcased the best athletes but also emphasised the true spirit of the school. Congratulations to Adey House Captains, Vice Captains and Middle School Leaders - Mei-Ling Bou, Baden Guillou, Kimberly Nguyen, David Ngo, Naomi Crosby, Phoebe Bowman, Terence Truong and Michael Giang for encouraging their peers to enter as many events as possible and to the House Managers, Mark Woolfall and John Papanicolas.

A special thank you to the Phys Ed staff for their early start at Santos Stadium setting up the events and for their commitment during the entire day. Thanks also to Heather and Sue Shillabeer for their organisation, to all staff members for running and supervising each event and to the Prefects, House Leaders and ISEC students for their assistance.

Greg Maher
Girls’ Sport Coordinator