Tough cross country season builds team cohesion
The winter sports season draws to a close for Christ Church’s cross country runners this weekend with the Ray Brown Race at Kings Park. The senior team has had a tough but enjoyable season while the junior team looks set for a top three finish.
Captain of Cross Country Trent Hillam said the 2012 season began a fresh with a new senior coach and leadership team, and without the formidable Sam Foster from the Class of 2011. A grueling training programme together with the hard yards put in by the senior boys gave them confidence leading into the season’s start.
Now nearing the end of the season, the senior boys have had a tough season and are looking at a fifth place finish. However, Trent and his teammates said they had thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the sense of team atmosphere and cohesion amongst the group.
Teacher in Charge of Cross Country Chris Miles said parent support, particularly during the home and away fixtures, had also created more of a ‘club-like’ atmosphere for the boys this year.
The junior team has enjoyed a successful season and looks poised to finish third overall – showing the future of cross country at Christ Church looks bright. This year, the team was buoyed by State representatives Jack Hawkesford (Year 9), who also competed in the senior team, and Connor Hawkesford (Year 7). The brothers have been selected to represent WA at the National Schools Cross Country Championships, in Adelaide, later this month.
This Saturday, the boys compete in their final all schools race of the season – the Ray Brown 8km race at Kings Park. The race starts at 9.30am and all spectators are welcome.
Photographs courtesy of Anna Cornell and Robyn Thompson