Following on from my last eNews article, we have had a busy few weeks here at school. With the Year 12s finishing up and everyone starting to prepare for end of year exams, I wanted this week to share a little reminder about the importance of sport and physical activity on our overall health and wellbeing. Sometimes even those of us in high performance can lose sight of the benefits and enjoyment that participation in sport can bring. There are times, and particularly during stressful times, when we are all tempted to abort all outside activities just in order to get whatever task is at hand completed. The problem can become when this sort of behaviour becomes the norm and at every opportunity we abort from one thing that can really assist our physical and emotional wellbeing during challenging times.
Please read below an article dot pointing some of the aspects and benefits that choosing and maintaining your commitments to team sports has and the impact it can have on mental health:
So before you convince yourself I’m too busy or I don’t have time, maybe consider a planning schedule which incorporates physical activity and team sports as an essential component of your calendar. It might just give you the mental break you need to concentrate that little bit harder, or the physical exertion can release feel good endorphins to help you happily sit and study a little longer.
Good luck for all those going into exams in the next few weeks and if you would like to read further on the article mentioned above, please follow the link to beyondblue.org.au - www.beyondblue.org.au/personal-best/pillar/wellbeing/the-mental-health-benefits-of-playing-a-team-sport
Outstanding news for one of our recent school leavers. Many will remember Joel Dyer from his outstanding performance in 2019 Intercol, however he is on the next challenge now, being selected for the state and representing South Australia next year in the U20 Men’s National Championships held in Canberra in February. Best of luck Joel!
Another excellent sporting effort by the Westminster team at the School Sport SA Ekiden Relay Championship.
The School Sport SA Boys and Girls Ekiden Relays were held on Thursday 17 October at Bonython Park, where our teams of eight completed over 20.6 km and produced two fantastic results.
The girls team consisting of Caitlin Dyer, Ella Simpson, Jess McManus, Ruby Liptak, Bella England, Katie Natt, Rommy Snoad, Oshana Andraweera and Kiera Ross finished in first place in a time of 1:22:37, more than 7 minutes ahead of their nearest competitors. A wonderful team effort.
The boys team finished in third place in a time of 1:15:00. We were represented by George Turnbull, Taj Ward, Brodie Eckert, Josh Smith, Archie Byrne, Harry Snodgrass, Cooper Thomson and Dani Shepherd.
Congratulations to all the team participants!
Yours in High Performance,
Head of Sport Development and High Performance