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

Early Learning to Year 12

Heads of Sport - Edition 3 - 2020

Westminster High Performance Program (WHPP)

Inclusion criteria for this group includes students (Years 6 to 12) in pre-elite/elite training programs, as defined by:

  • ​State Team, National Team or National Squad representation
  • South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) Scholarship holders
  • SANFL State Under 18 and State Under 16 Team representation
  • State Open, Age, Premier League Team (e.g. NPL Soccer, Premier League Netball)
  • Other pre-elite leagues e.g. Hockey, sailing, golf, volleyball where athlete is high performing and state representative in their respective sport.

Eligible students should apply via our High Performance Program Application Form whenever they meet the above criteria. Group members are invited and expected to attend a program of High Performance Seminar/Workshops with leading sporting industry professionals and mentors.

Additionally, they can access assistance with overall load management and if necessary, referrals to external service providers to ensure best case-management. Some HP athletes will establish a load-management monitoring system to organise their training and study commitments. Other program resources include setting up flexible study options (e.g. via Marden College Workplace Practices Course); and athlete-specific resources as sourced by the Heads of Sport (e.g. personal excellence career providers).

Athletes accepted into the WHPP program are expected to attend school-based strength and conditioning sessions conducted by our strength and conditioning coaches. Exceptions are made for students adhering to external high-quality programs, after discussion and approval from either Mike Martens or Tim Weatherald.

The WHPP is aimed at students who will compete in their chosen sport(s) in the high performance pathway post-school, or professionally. As such, athletes may undergo periodic testing in gym and conditioning sessions to track progress and ensure athletes are improving in line with their goals.

All student athletes are expected to lead by example in the Westminster School environment and exemplify high performance behaviour on and off the field/court.

2020 HP Workshops Program

The following workshops will be held as part of the WHPP for 2020.

How to be a better athlete

Term 1

  • Sports Psychology
  • Training habits of elite performers

Term 2

  • Continuous improvement, skill/technical development/brain training, engagement
  • Big Game preparation and lead up (Intercol in particular)
Elite training environment

Term 3

  • Excursion – Power, Crows (Topics depend on who from the club is available)
    • Well-being, personal management
    • Sports code, game analysis
    • Tour

Term 4

  • Injury prevention/management
  • Recovery
  • Time management/load management

2020 Schools Triathlon State Championship

Westminster had a great representation of athletes at the recent Schools Triathlon State Championship held at West lakes.

As a result of their performances Ella Simpson (Year 12 Woollacott), Harry Snodgrass (Year 11 Clark) and Will Thomas (Year 8 Woollacott) have all been selected in the School Sport SA Interstate 13 - 19 Years Triathlon team and will travel to the National Championships at Hervey Bay in March. Congratulations to all competitors and good luck in March!

Will Thomas - Bronze Medal in the Junior Boys event
Harry Snodgrass, Aiden Ross and Gabriel Lim - Silver Medal in the Senior Boys Teams event
Mike and Tim Signature