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History of GPS Athletics
Official competition commenced in 1892. In 1912 the competition was divided into two levels – Senior and Junior. Trophy Senior: first awarded in 1895. The Shield has Championship Shield for Athletics engraved on it. Trophy Junior: first awarded in 1912. Presented to Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of NSW 11th May 1895. Junior Athletic Championship AAAGPS is engraved on it. Engraved on the back is The Ladies Challenge Plate.
Sydney Boys and GPS Athletics
Sydney Boys High School offers boys the opportunity to compete in the prestigious GPS Athletics competition. This is the best school Boys Athletics competition in Australia. Standards are high. High School has the reputation of having the friendliest and most inclusive team in the competition. Athletics has a unique position in the GPS Sporting Calendar, as competition occurs between the Winter season and the Summer season in the latter half of Term 3. The school is lucky to have easy access to an all-weather track in ES Marks Field at Kensington for both training and competition.
The GPS Athletics Finals
The GPS Athletic season is run in the last four weeks of Term 2. The season culminates in the AAGPS Athletics carnival held at Homebush. Here the nine GPS schools compete against each other in two different age division. Boys from each year group represent Sydney Boys in these divisions. They compete in front of nearly 10,000 spectators.
Athletics has a growing number of staff involved in the coaching program. Ms Davina Struss runs the sprints sessions and is a keen long Jump coach. Mr and Mrs Morrow coach High Jump. Mr Jason Tassell runs our strength and conditioning program. All boys are encouraged to improve their strength and power for Athletics and other sports. Mr Tassell also runs the gym at the school and each athlete is given an individualised program. Our other coaching staff includes Mr Steve Codey (Shot Put), Mr Edward Ovadia (Long Distance) and Mr Mark Gainford (Long Jump).
The Athletics coaching staff are here to encourage, challenge and support the athletes.