Sports News

Term one is traditionally a very busy time in schools and this is especially true in the sports department. We are continually amazed by the enthusiasm shown by our students and their willingness to become involved in a wide range of sporting opportunities offered at Padua College.

Sporting news so far this term…

Swimming News

Congratulations to all students across all campuses that attended the recent inter House swimming sports at the Pines Pool, Frankston.  All FOUR days were a success with great participation and House spirit.

The first Aspire 9 inter campus swimming carnival was a good opportunity for the Year 9’s to come together and to further develop their friendships with students from the other campuses. Congratulations to SEBASTIAN (Mornington Junior Campus), DJEEMBANA (Mornington Senior Campus), McCORMACK (Tyabb Campus), TERESA (Rosebud Campus) on your respective victories.


Inter Campus Swimming Carnival

Students had another opportunity to represent their House group and campus at the inter campus swimming carnival on Wednesday 13 March at the Pines Pool. The carnival provided students with an opportunity to swim in a competitive setting with each lane timed and compared to records for the corresponding age group.


College Swimming Squad

Between 60-80 students have been enthusiastically attending the Mornington Campus training sessions and we encourage all students to take up this great offer.

Training is held at Mornington Secondary College Pool on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (7.15am - 8.15am).

Rosebud students join the Mornington students on a Thursday morning for swim training departing the Rosebud campus at 6.30am. There are limited spaces available on the bus so if you are interested you must speak with Ms Graham to organise your place. Alternatively, parents are more than welcome to transport their children to and from the pool at Mornington Secondary College.

Tyabb Campus is also offering swimming training on a Wednesday morning down at the Somerville YMCA from 7.15am-8.15am with a bus transporting students to school afterwards.

This is a great way to start the day and get to know other students at Padua.

All abilities are catered for.


Lake Hume Swimming Camp

The annual Padua College, Lake Hume Swimming Camp will be held from Sunday 17 March- Wednesday 20 March. This optional camp is offered to Padua students interested in improving their swimming.  Care Monkey letters have been distributed to 65 students across all three campuses.


SIS Division A Swimming Carnival

The Southern Independent Schools (SIS) Swimming Championships will be held at MSAC on Thursday 2 May.


Padua Bathers

Padua bathers are available from Dobson’s Uniform Shop at the Mornington campus (CASH ONLY). The bathers are an optional uniform item; however we encourage all students involved with the swimming team to purchase a pair.

Girls $60, Women’s $69, Boys & Men’s $50


SIS Weekly Sport

The scheduled Intermediate and Senior SIS sports are truly underway with students involved in a variety of sports including basketball, soccer, European handball, volleyball and cricket.Teams have come home with a variety of mixed results however students are to be congratulated on becoming involved in the extracurricular activities offered by the College.


School Surf League

Life Saving Victoria’s School Surf League is an annual summer event that encourages Victorian Secondary School students to participate in Surf Life Saving events. On Wednesday 27 February in beautiful conditions at Mordialloc Beach, students from across all three campuses tested their endurance, strength, speed and agility in a variety of Life Saving events such as beach flags, sand sprints, wading, swimming and paddling. The nature of this competition allows students from a wide range of schools to test their Life Saving skills in a competitive and supportive environment.  All students displayed great athleticism and sportsmanship and must be commended on their representation of Padua College.

Padua College finished 7th overall out of 15 schools.

The successful running of this day requires the attendance of volunteers from competing schools. We are very appreciative to get strong support from a number of families on the day. Donna Lionette, John and Jo Pfister, Steven Northcote, Jason Romari, Sean Cummins (past Padua student) and Richard and Kate Quinn.

Thanks also to the following staff for their attendance and for the organisation prior to the event:Phil Shanahan,  Andrea Cummins, Clare Parks, Donna Nettlefold, Brittany Graham, Nicole Love and Rachel Ball.


All Schools Triathlon Championships

On Sunday 3 March over 20 Padua students competed in the All Schools Triathlon Championships at Elwood. Starting at 7.20 am, it was a early start for all the competitors and staff.

The challenging course included:

A 200 m swim, a 10 km bike ride and a 2 km run (Juniors)

A 400 m swim, a 10 km bike ride and a 4 km run (Intermediates and Seniors)

Students were certainly well prepared for the event as they all completed the TRI2gether Triathlon Program. TRI2gether is a brand-new triathlon program, designed to teach students everything they need to know about, swim, bike and run. Over 4 short weeks, students swam at Mornington Secondary College before school, practiced transitioning from bike to run at school during lunchtime before putting all three disciplines together for the All Schools Championships. Students were supported the whole way by an experienced Triathlon Victoria Coach and Padua Staff Members Rachel Ball and Carole Irving.

Individual PB’s were recorded for many (as it was their first event!) and the more experienced athletes certainly looked confident and in their element.

Congratulations to the Intermediate Girls Team that won their division.

The team consisted of: Lily Brook (Swim), Sophie Sutton (Bike), Zoe O’Shaughnessy (Run)

WELL DONE and CONGRATULATIONS to all the competitors!

Mitch Beer (Year 11), Lily Brook (Year 9), Logan Carvosso (Year 11), Jade Cheasley (Year 8), Ava Christensen (Year 8), Emelia Christensen (Year 8), Mackenzie Dornom (Year 8), Kirrally Gardiner (Year 9), Issac Gee (Year 11), Mia Grocock (Year 8), Ava Leppitsch (Year 9), Ashie McIntosh (Year 11), Mia O’Malley (Year 7), Zoe O’Shaughnessy (Year 9), Thomas Patten (Year 7), Harry Ross (Year 9), Lucy Seletto (Year 7), Oliver Steenholt (Year 10), Sophie Sutton (Year 9), Fraser Torrington (Year 7), Jonathon Turner (Year 7).

Year 7 Rally Day

The first great day of fun and Sport for the Year 7’s will be held on Wednesday 27 March across all junior Padua Campuses.

Students will visit various sites and compete against house groups from the other campuses.

Sports will include basketball, netball, volleyball, dodgeball, soccer and European Handball.

We encourage all students to take up the many opportunities offered by Padua in the area of Sport this year. It is a great way to make new friends, improve your skills, self-esteem and to get the most of out of your time at the College.

You don’t need to be the fastest, most talented or the best at your Sport; you just need to give it a go.


Girls Sail

On Friday 1 March, Mackenzie Heyes and Sylvia Mackie (Mton Year 8) , Sylvie Walker and Sophie McKenzie (Mton Year 10) along with Rosebud campus sailors Charley, Holly and Cassie McCarthy competed in the annual GirlSail Regatta at Daveys Bay Yacht Club. This is a fleet racing event in which two people per boat race against other schools from around Victoria, with 102 girls participating in 2019.

Racing got underway at around 9am in light air, where division 1 and 2 completed 3 rounds prior to coming ashore for lunch. The guest speaker this year was Belinda Snell, a three time Olympic basketballer. She gave an inspirational account of her sporting highs and lows throughout her career. Unfortunately after lunch when the wind came in, racing had to abandoned due to the extreme heat policy for schools and a final series could not be undertaken. We would like to thank Mrs O’Dowd for her support on the day and it was great to see so many Padua girls being able to compete. - Sophie McKenzie, Year 10 Francis


Mornington Campus Sport Coordinators Emilio Di Paolo and Rachel Ball

Tyabb Sports Coordinator Nicole Love

Rosebud Sports Coordinator Brittany Graham