Forty-two years ago, four senior girls in Birt House set a record in the 4x100m relay at the House Athletics carnival, with a time of 55.10 seconds. This year, the U21 Wicklow Girls relay team broke the record, with a time of 54.36 seconds.
House Swimming and Athletics records are fascinating – the “changing of the guard” for events can sometimes be quite regular, and at other times, there are with decades in between. At Luther, we love to celebrate and recognise both the historical and the current. And it was a privilege to celebrate with our students their record achievements for this year’s House Athletics and House Swimming Carnivals.
Twenty-two individual records and six relay records were set during the carnivals, with our athletes recognised at school assemblies over the past month. To share in this celebration, four alumni; Christy Vander Jagt, Nicholas Dyson, Emily Sharpe and Sarah Urquhart were present to “hand over the baton” and acknowledge their successors. Our alumni also shared with our students some of their personal journey about life after Luther – with a regular theme being to use invest in your learning, enjoy the variety of activities offered by Luther, and make the most of this time you have at school as it goes so quickly.
As part of the Senior Assembly, Ben Voogd (Year 11) and Sebastian Reyneke (Year 12) were recognised not only for their record setting achievements, but also for their recent success at the Oceania Athletics Championships. Representing Australia, Ben was the winner of the U18 Mens Hammer Throw, setting a Championship record in the process. Seb, also representing Australia, competed in the U20 Mens Decathlon. Of the ten elements that make up the decathlon, Seb set Championship records in six of them (Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Pole Vault and 1500m), winning the Gold medal overall and setting an overall Championship for this event.
In celebrating these achievements with our students, we also acknowledge the significant contribution of our parents as the actively and willingly support their children pursue their passions and dreams.