Alumni, ex-students, friends and family came in their droves to attend the inaugural Oakhill College Sports Lunch that was held at Castle Hill RSL on Friday, 22 June.
The extremely successful event provided an opportunity for both past and present students to catch up with friends and staff, and launch a fundraising campaign (3-5 years) for the continued improvement of the College’s sporting facilities.
Simon Bouda, Senior Journalist and Reporter at Nine Network Australia was the Master of Ceremonies on the day. He was joined by an outstanding panel of Oakhill alumni sports stars including Grant Brits, former Olympic Swimmer; Andrew Pasterfield, former Paralympic gold medal swimmer; Lachlan Anderson, Australian Rugby 7’s player and Russell Garnett, former Olympian European Handball. Current teachers at Oakhill College including Tarsha Gale, retired Australian Rugby League Captain and Nickie Wickert, retired Women’s Australian Rugby Union Captain, were also on the panel.
NSW State of Origin squad member, Luke Keary, was unable to attend on the day due to prior sporting commitments. Keary however, sent an inspiring video message conveying his enthusiasm and support for such an event. This enthusiasm echoed throughout the room with alumni from many generations repeating Keary’s suggestion that the event become an annual reunion for the College community.
Former Australian Test cricketer, Kerry O’Keeffe, entertained the crowd with his unique style of storytelling. He was a good fit for a tremendously enjoyable event.
“It was wonderful to see so many Oakhill College alumni attending the lunch. Their enthusiasm and passion for the College was evident. To all those who supported the event, thank you and we look forward to seeing you back next year.” said Principal of Oakhill College, Brother Steve Hogan.