Home' Focus : Focus Magazine Autumn 2018 Contents OUTSTANDING SPORTSMANSHIP,
hard work and dedication were the
hallmarks of Scotch Oakburn’s rowing
successes in Term 1.
Impressive performances at the
Tasmanian Schools’ Championships
and the Head of the River at
Lake Barrington were followed
by three medals and a slew of
finals appearances at the Sydney
International Rowing Regatta at
The College’s Director of
Rowing, Jamie Breden, hailed the
performances as a testament to the
quality of Scotch Oakburn’s rowing
program and the commitment of its
At Penrith, Scotch Oakburn rowers
won two silver medals and one
bronze medal, with crews competing
in five A finals and two B finals.
Nicholas Cash and Jacob Finnigan
won silver in the men’s Under 19
Nicholas and Jacob teamed up with
Cameron George, Samuel Gray and
cox Ned Napier to win silver in the
Under 19 Coxed Fours. Our other Four
of Bradley Lawrence, George Taylor,
William Birchmore, Thomas Dowling
and Roland Lockwood (cox) finished
seventh in the final. Scotch Oakburn
was the only Club/School to have two
crews in the A final.
The boys’ Senior Eight of Cameron
George, Oliver Cox, Henry Napier,
Hamilton Cox, Finnian Colley, Samuel
Gray, Nicholas Cash, Jacob Finnigan,
coxed by Ned Napier, won bronze in
the men’s Under 19 Eight race.
A team of 23 senior rowers
represented the College at Penrith.
“Our boys finished third overall in
the boys’ points score, which was a
fantastic effort against large schools
nationwide,” Mr Breden said.
“The girls also competed well and
gave it their all, and they can be proud
of the way they finished off their
“The week was a resounding
success not only from a results
perspective but also from the way
the rowers showed sportsmanship
towards other crews and the way the
boys and girls supported each other
during the week.”
The NSW success followed
impressive performances at the Head
of the River.
The Senior Boys’ Eight won the Head
of the River for the first time in five
years. Scotch College boys previously
claimed the title in 1940 and 1941
(when separate competitions were
held in the north and the south of the
state); 1948, 1973 and 1974; with Scotch
Oakburn boys winning in 1987, 1994,
1996, 1997, 2007 and 2013; and Scotch
Oakburn girls in 1992, 1993 and 1997.
At the Head of the River, Scotch
Oakburn also won the Co-Ed Junior
Shield, for the most points from
division one events (under 13 to
under 16). The College came second
in the Boys’ Junior Shield, four points
behind the winning school.
“Lachie Wright” double scull
SUCCESS AND SPORTSMANSHIP
THE COLLEGE CAPTAINS HAVE
known each other since their days in
Early Learning at Scotch Oakburn.
They have shared educational
experiences throughout their school
years, and now Bianca White and
Hanlon Innocent are united in their
enthusiasm and energy for 2018.
With the support of Deputy
Captains Jeanmarie Els and Lachlan
McCallumSmith, and the 24-strong
Student Executive, Bianca and
Hanlon are working through a busy
and rewarding year.
Bianca is looking forward to further
strengthening the links between all
members of the College community
across the campuses.
“I hope we make the connections
between people better, so that
everyone feels comfortable talking to
other people,” she said.
“I hope that we build on what
we already have to make a nicer,
stronger, even more inclusive
community where we all support
Hanlon, meanwhile, aims to uphold
the fine standards set by previous
“If I can look back at the end of
the year and see that I have made a
positive impact – whether through
improving the connections, or trying
to brighten people’s days and make
them more enthused for school – that
will leave me happy,” he said.
Hanlon, 17, is a founding member
of the College’s acclaimed a cappella
group, Stay Sharp. He hopes to study
the performing arts at tertiary level
Bianca, 17, hopes to study medicine
with a long-term goal of either
doing medical relief work in third
world countries or going into sports
medicine. She is a keen athlete
who is involved in College football,
basketball and cross country teams,
Already, the Student Executive
members have taken part in a
number of community, fundraising
and College events with more to
come, including a teacher-student
cup in a range of sporting, academic
and cultural endeavours.
Hanlon and Bianca’s pride in their
College is evident.
“I think Scotch Oakburn is good
at supporting and encouraging
everyone’s talents,” Bianca said.
“ We have a wide range of academic
and co-curricular activities for
Her personal College highlights
include attending Round Square
events in Thailand and Switzerland,
and forming life-long friendships.
Hanlon also pointed to the plethora
of opportunities available to Scotch
“ There are so many opportunities
here, not just academically but in all
areas of the College,” he said.
“For me, the highlight is having
those opportunities to strive for
excellence and having excellent
teachers such as Mr [Stephen]
King with the band and ensemble
program, and Mrs [Meredith] Morrell
and now Denise [Sam] with the
“Another thing that I love about
Scotch Oakburn is that we have small
class sizes and interact one-on-one
To all the parents and coaches for
your support and dedication to
the Scotch Oakburn rowing team.
“There are so
here, not just
in all areas of
Senior Girls’ Eight at
Nationals: Back row,
L-R: Laura Green, Alice
Breier (Girls’ Vice-
Loane, India Veevers,
Smith (Senior Girls’
First Eight Coach).
Front row, L-R: Claudia
Gruber (Girls’ Captain),
Taylor Brown, Greta
Brown and Molly Fox.
2018 SATIS Senior Boys’ Eight Head of the River Champions. L-R: Nicholas Cash,
Finnian Colley, Jacob Finnigan, Henry Napier (Boys Vice-Captain), Ned Napier
(in front of Henry), Cameron George (Boys’ Captain), Samuel Gray, Oliver Cox,
Hamilton Cox and James Russell (Head Coach and Senior Boys’ First Eight Coach).
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