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Old Scholar News - Edition 16 - 2019

Congratulations Jimmy Ashby (’16)

Our intrepid Old Scholar cyclist Jimmy Ashby (’16) was honoured by Australian Geographic as Young Adventurer of 2019 at a gala event in Sydney over the weekend. This is an abridged extract that appeared on the AG site and sums up Jimmy’s journey and attitude perfectly for him to deservedly receive his award:

In April 2018, then 18-year-old Jimmy Ashby began the trip of a lifetime: a cycling journey around the world, from west-east, over 393 days, covering 39,100km across 32 countries and four continents. Jimmy says he had been preparing for the trip for years. After losing his grandmother to motor neuron disease, he dedicated his ride around the world to her, raising money to find a cure and also to assist those who are living with the disease today. Jimmy faced countless challenges – mechanical problems, harsh weather conditions and even global terrorism. Six weeks before Jimmy cycled the road on the Afghan border, four cyclists were killed in an act of terror by Islamic State. When Jimmy arrived at the location and found a memorial for them, it instantly broke him: the fear it could have been him, but also the fear that he was putting his friends and family through. According to Jimmy the most valuable thing he learned during his trip was to be more humble. His “go, go, go” attitude was replaced with a slower, more reflective one following a conversation with a fellow biker who made Jimmy question his own motivations. “I made the simple switch from telling people ‘I’m cycling around the world’ to ‘Just travelling through’ when asked. I learnt if they were actually interested in my story then they would want to chat.”

Reunions 2020 – Save the Dates

Here are the key dates for next year’s Reunion program to save the date if 2020 is a special milestone for you. Later this year, another ‘save the date’ will be emailed to you (if we have a valid email for you – you can update this through the OS website accessed through the School’s website or email os@westminster.sa.edu.au). Events will also be set up on WOSA’s facebook page and through the group. If we have no email for you, invitations will be posted at least six weeks prior to the event:

Saturday 29 February – Class of 2010 10 Year Reunion (Lunch)
Friday 6 March – Class of 2015 5 Year Reunion (Drinks)
Friday 1 May – Westminster Golf Day (The Vines) – all welcome
Friday 22 May – Class of 1995 25 Year Reunion (Drinks)
Friday 29 May – Class of 1990 30 Year Reunion (Dinner)
Friday 12 June – Class of 2000 20 Year Reunion (Dinner)
Friday 19 June – Class of 1980 40 Year Reunion (Dinner)
Friday 26 July – Old Scholars’ Day – all welcome
Friday 26 July – Class of 1970 50 Year Reunion (Lunch)
Tuesday 4 August – Class of 2019 1 Year Reunion (Drinks)
Friday 31 August – WOSA Annual Dinner – all welcome
Saturday 17 October – BPA Community Dinner (Wudinna)

Vale Craig Cock (’66)

It is with great sadness we advise of the passing of Craig Cock (’66) on Thursday 24 October 2019, following a long illness. Craig was Westminster School Captain in 1966 and the first Old Scholar to play for SANFL (South Adelaide) where he recorded over two hundred games. His funeral was held in the Sir Shirley Jeffries Memorial Chapel on Saturday 2 November, where he married his wife Jan in 1970. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Peter Trenorden (’77)
T: 08 8276 0234