2019 has been a landmark year for CHAC Sport with the College crowned the number 1 College in TAS Sport. This is the first time CHAC has achieved this result and is one our entire community should be extremely proud of. It would not be possible without the hard work and commitment each student dedicates to their teams as well as the fantastic support of all parents and staff.
This result is an accumulation of the outstanding results throughout the year, including placing first in Cross Country, Trimester 1 and Trimester 3. As well as our second-place finish in Athletics and third place overall for Trimester 2 and Swimming. Twenty-two teams won premierships throughout the year, and more than 75 per cent of our teams (114 in total) ended their seasons in the top half of their competitions.
On Friday 25 October, we come together at the annual Sports Awards to recognise this year's feats and highlight some amazing student achievements. We were also honoured to have Matthew Hayden (Australian Cricket legend) as guest speaker. Matthew discussed his playing career and how it has contributed to his current career journey. One of Matthew's main priorities is supporting the Junior Indigenous Marine and Environmental Cadets program, and it is with great pleasure that I can announce CHAC has made a significant donation to this worthwhile charity.
During the evening, we recognised students who:
- participated in Three Trimesters of Sport,
- made representative teams through the school system,
- and our premiership-winning teams.
We also recognised our major awards for the evening: the Tony Hill Memorial Shield, Ash Singh Memorial Shield, Sportspersons of the Year, and those Year 12 students who competed in 15 or 18 Trimesters of Sport.
The Tony Hill Memorial Shield recognises an outstanding Year 12 student who has contributed to Cricket at the highest level during his time at CHAC and our 2019 recipient was Lachlan McClure.
Sam Pittorino was awarded the Ash Singh Memorial Shield for his contribution and high level of performance in Volleyball.
Dana Drought and Owen Masnjak were also named our 2019 Sportspersons of Year; this award recognises all-round participation in a variety of sports, curricular and co-curricular activities, and a demonstrated sporting aptitude and excellent conduct.
To conclude the night, I had the privilege of recognising 12 students who have contributed to the College and performed to their best ability year after year. These students have made a significant contribution to sport over the past five or six years. They may have attended up to 360 training sessions and 144 games during their CHAC sporting career. This doesn’t take into consideration other sporting activities such as carnivals and tours they may have competed in. The following students were awarded either our 15 or, for the first time, 18 Trimesters of Sport award:
Sophie Baird, Dana Drought, Benjamin Farrell, Thomas Glass, Lachlan McClure, Sam Pittorino, Leni Cooper (15 Trimesters of Sport); Jacques Dennison and Cassidy McLeod (18 Trimester of Sport).