Celebrating Sportsmanship: Students Shine at JIGSSA Swimming Carnival

The amount of support and words of encouragement from the Santa Maria College girls at HBF Stadium on Monday was truly remarkable. The JIGSSA Swimming Carnival, was a day filled with excitement and energy as our junior school girls wholeheartedly embraced the various competitions, from freestyle to breaststroke, even enjoying the demanding butterfly. For some Year 5 students, it was a significant milestone as they participated in such a large-scale swimming carnival for the first time, with a mix of nerves and excitement.

Melissa Laurino, Health & Physical Education Teacher and the event organiser, expressed her admiration, stating, “Our swimmers did an outstanding job representing Santa Maria College, giving their all in every race. Our Year 5 students secured a commendable 6th place overall, while our Year 6 swimmers achieved 5th place. We were fortunate to have our swim coach Luke Pettite, and Sports Captain Ava Forrest, on the pool deck, offering last-minute advice and calming nerves.”

Their unwavering dedication and tireless efforts are something they can be extremely proud of. 

A heartfelt thank you goes to Head of Sport Emma Wood and Year 5 teacher Larissa Khoury for their assistance with timekeeping and marshalling, as well as to Jo Ryan, Dean of Years 5 and 6, for their unwavering support for both students and staff throughout the event.

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