On Friday, 22 June 2018, Oakhill College will be hosting the inaugural Oakhill College Sports Lunch at Castle Hill RSL.
What is likely to become a College tradition, this event will provide an opportunity for both past and present students to catch up with friends and staff, and to launch a fundraising campaign (3-5 years) for the continued improvement of the College’s sporting facilities, aiming for the building of a synthetic pitch at the College.
Over the years, many students at Oakhill College have excelled in sport both during their time at the College and post-College life. This proposed synthetic pitch would continue to allow for many sports to be played on this field. It may even present an opportunity for Oakhill College to hire out the pitch to external organisations for sporting activities.
Simon Bouda, Senior Journalist and Reporter at Nine Network Australia will be the Master of Ceremonies on the day. He will be joined by many College alumni sports stars including Grant Brits. Mr Brits graduated from the College in 2005 and went on to represent Australia at the Olympic Games in swimming achieving a bronze medal.
“My time at Oakhill College was instrumental in my development as a young adult and ultimately contributed towards my success in post-college life. The broad curriculum offered at Oakhill allowed myself and fellow students to find their areas of interest and flourish. Personally, I benefited from the competitive sporting environment and rigorous academic curriculum as well as the more creative outlets of College life. These broad foundations have enabled me to not only gain sporting success by representing Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but also in my professional career in finance where I have recently established a superannuation fund.” said Mr Brits.
Luke Keary, current Roosters NRL player; Nicky Wickert, ex-Australian Women’s Rugby Captain and current teacher at Oakhill College; Tarsha Gale, ex-Australian Rugby League Captain; and Lachlan Anderson, current Australian Rugby 7’s player will also be in attendance.
“Sport is one of the many co-curricular activities that plays an important part in the life and the development of young men and women at Oakhill College. A wide range of sports are offered, designed to provide challenge, teamwork, commitment, loyalty and reliability. Sport helps to form character, build friendships, provide leaderships, and set and achieve goals.” said Brother Steve Hogan, Principal of Oakhill College.
Each year Oakhill College fields over 150 sporting teams. Representative students have the opportunity to participate in the Independent Sporting Association (ISA) competition. They can then progress to the Combined Independent Schools Team (CIS) and eventually to represent NSW and Australia. Each year the College has several State and National representatives in a variety of sports including: basketball, swimming, rugby, tennis and athletics.