A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Sport Development and High Performance - Edition 9 - 2019

How to be great?

If you are an aspiring athlete, performer or a parent of one and have ever wondered what it takes to be the very best then we have a treat for you. The Sports Department is super excited for our next High Performance workshop on the evening of Tuesday 25 June. We will be delving into the question “How to be great” with guest presenter, International Cricket Council Coaching Instructor and SASI Coach Development Lead Ashley Ross. If that’s not enough for you, then surely Olympic Champion, World Champion and Commonwealth Champion cyclist, Brett Aitken sharing his stories and advice on how he became great is an opportunity not to be missed.

It’s not every day that we have ability to bring world leaders to a schooling environment, and while it’s great to come along and listen to what they have to say, my challenge is for our elite athletes to come along with one quality question to ask. The very best way to improve ourselves as athletes and performers is to see what others are doing really well and challenge ourselves to build upon that work. Why?

Because once we begin to humanise high performance it becomes more achievable and the very best asset to have is curiosity. When we are curious our minds go into learning mode and open up to idea of if this is what is possible for someone else, then imagine what is possible for me.

Instead of seeing me and "them", we see sameness, and by surrounding ourselves with those who display excellence and emulating their behaviours, we are able to take quicker steps in our self-development.

When: Tuesday 25 June 2019
Time: 7.00 – 8.45 pm
Venue: Westminster School, Michael Murray Centre
Book your free ticket now at www.trybooking.com/BCQKU

Presenter information

Ashley Ross

Ashley Ross has been professionally involved in sport for 35 years, working in and with many countries. He has coached athletes from grass roots to World Championship winning teams across genders.

He has recently completed and been accredited as an Advanced Coach Developer by the world renowned Nippon Sports Science University/International Council for Coaching Excellence Nippon Coach Developer Academy (NCDA). Presenting for the internationally renowned NCDA, Ashley is one of only 10-12 people qualified at this level from around the world and works to develop coaches across many sports and countries.

Ashley is sought after as an International presenter and consultant having been a member of HP Sport NZ’s “World Class Coaching Working Group”, presented to NZ All Black Coaches on “World Class Coaching” and consulted to the World Champion NZ Lawn Bowls teams of 2008.

He has recently returned from three years working in Dubai with the International Cricket Council Academy developing a full suite of Coach Education programs from the ground up each featuring blended learning strategies that attracted candidates from over 50 countries across the globe.

In his current role as South Australian Sports Institute Coach Development Lead, Ashley delivers a bespoke coach development program to many of Australia’s Olympic facing coaches.

Brett Aitken

  • Olympic Champion
  • Commonwealth Champion
  • World Champion
  • World Record
  • 21 Times Australian Champion
  • AIS Athlete of the Year
  • SA Sports Star of the Year

Student Highlights


Congratulations to our Westminster Sailing teams for finishing in 3rd place in the Girls and 4th place in the Open Events at the Australian Team Sailing Championships held in Hobart recently. The Westminster Girls team only narrowly missed out on getting into the Girls finals which, when considering that this was the first time Westminster has entered an all-girls team into the highly competitive Australian Schools competition, was an excellent effort. The conditions throughout the regatta were very light and tricky. We needed to win the final race of the qualifying round to advance through to the finals. There was less than two knots of wind and a strong current making it almost impossible to get over the start line. The coaches were impressed with how they sailed throughout the event improving with every race.


Our congratulations to both Joel Dyer and Jackson Allen whose club basketball team, Sturt Sabres, won the National U18 Championship. An extra mention to Joel was named the MVP for the final.

Yours in High Performance,

Lauren Soderberg
Head of Sport Development and High Performance