ACC Athletics Carnival
The ACC Athletics Carnival was held on Wednesday, 2 April at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. We had 54 students selected to represent De La Salle on this day from a training squad of well over 100 members.
After winning the Division 2 Carnival last year, we returned to face five other ACC Schools in Division 1 and our main objective was to remain in the Premier Division.
We fully expected a fierce struggle with Whitefriars and St Joseph’s Geelong to avoid a swift return to Division 2. At the half way point of the Carnival, there was less than 10 points separating the 3 schools and the tension was building.
Soon after this stage, our De La Salle boys really surged in the latter part of the meeting and our 4 x 100m Relay Teams ensured that we had well and truly survived in Division 1 for another year.
This determined and spirited team effort put us in 4th place by the end of the Carnival with St Bernard’s winning their 11th straight Division 1 Athletics title.
There were some fine individual performances from our De La Salle team members and congratulations to the following students for winning their respective events at the ACC Carnival:
Harrison Gill – Under 14 High Jump
Zach Patrick – Under 15 Shot Put
Lachlan Menara – Under 14 Long Jump and Triple Jump (Lachlan is undefeated in ACC Athletics Long Jump and Triple Jump.)
Harrison Burt – Under 16 400m
Tomas Smith – Under 13 4 x 100m Relay
Terry Potiris – Under 13 4 x 100m Relay
Jaxon Stuart – Under 13 4 x 100m Relay
Byron Gelagin – Under 13 4 x 100m Relay
The team was superbly led by Liam O’Callaghan (Captain) both on and off the track and I thank them for him for his proactive and inspiring leadership.
The training squad was most fortunate to have the assistance from many staff members throughout our training period and I sincerely thank the following members of the ACC Athletics Coaching Staff for their time and effort and unconditional good will:
Chris Martin, Tim Hogan, Jeff Locke, Warren Walker, Chris Church, Peter Larsen, Janet Holden, Gerard Barns, Lucy Russell, Andrew Brown, Michael Bohan, Brendan Close, Clare Kennedy.
Special thanks to Damien O’Shea (ex De La Salle student and current Parent of Ben in 10B) for his voluntary and valuable assistance with our sprinters and great athletics knowledge and expertise. His guidance and tutelage with our Relay Teams was very evident at the pointy end of the Carnival when every aggregate point became so critical.
We were also very fortunate to have the assistance and expertise at training from two very talented ex De La Salle students. Alex Di Medio (2013 College Vice Captain and ACC Athletics Captain) and Will Johns (Year 9 2010). As well as providing high quality coaching for our 2014 Team, they are both fine role models for our boys as they continue to forge very successful careers in Athletics beyond their school years.
We can be pleased with our significant improvement in ACC Athletics overall standing in the past 2 years but can’t be satisfied that we’ve done enough.
We are certainly heading in the right direction and only continued commitment and effort next year will bring about a further climb towards the top of ACC Athletics in 2015!