Winter Sport

As our most comprehensive sports season (winter sport) fast approaches, with huge numbers participating (this is great, students!), students and families are encouraged to read and be familiar with the Westminster Sport Handbook policies to make our season as successful, seamless and enjoyable for all as possible:

  • All students need to start in their own age groups unless advised personally by the First Team Coach or A Team Coach of the Year level above of that sport. If performance warrants, a student may be invited to train and or play in the age group above (e.g. Middle A Basketball to Open A) if they are adjudged better than a player who starts in that age group. This is rare and only in exceptional cases; students should anticipate playing in their age group unless performing at an exceptional level outside school pathways (e.g. State Teams)
  • Codes of Conduct – All Westminster sporting families are expected to be familiar with and to abide by their respective Codes of Conduct for Students, Coaches, Managers, Parents, and Spectators. We are on show to the public every time we attend or participate in a sports fixture, and the highest standards of behaviour and sportsmanship are expected from Westminster players, coaches, officials, and spectators. Whilst the great majority of our families and spectators are fantastic, supportive, sporting spectators, last year members of the Westminster sporting community were unfortunately involved in some regrettable incidents. Westminster will not tolerate any behaviour in our sporting environment that brings the school’s reputation into disrepute, or any abusive behaviour towards any coach, official, student, or spectator, and any such matters will be dealt with at the highest level. With greater awareness around sporting behaviour expectation, we are not anticipating any further incidents from Westminster family members at sport this winter season. The Codes of Conduct can be found on pages 35 and 36 of the Westminster Sport Handbook.
  • Volunteers: Calling all parents and carers of sporting students! Your child’s coach or manager would love your help on Saturdays with the jobs that need to be done for the games to happen. We are talking scoring, timing, waving the footy flags, running the line at soccer matches etc. Please don’t leave these jobs to the same parents every week (unless they are dead keen on the role!), and be proactive with your offers of assistance to the Team Manager/Coach.
  • Communication: We cannot stress enough the importance of students being proactive about checking the daily notices and sports noticeboard. There have already been students miss training sessions as they have not checked the many notices and reminders on these platforms. If there is any confusion about training sessions or fixtures, students are to contact the team manager (if known), or see Mike Martens or Marianne Collier in the Senior School Sports Office, or Jace Bode in the Prep Sports Office as appropriate and as a matter of urgency.
  • Parent contact with Coaches and Officials: Wherever possible, we expect students themselves to make contact with their manager or coach should an issue arise for them. Students in Year 7 and above are expected to be responsible for communication with their coach in addition to any written emails/phone calls. This is a part of learning responsibility, respect, and self-management, all of which are essential life skills. For younger Prep students, this may be a little ambitious, so parents are best placed to contact their child’s team manager or coach with any issues.  The communication policy is clearly outlines on pages 12 and 13 of the Westminster Sport Handbook.
  • Injury/ Sickness: Any student unable to fully participate in training or matches will need to inform the coach or team manager, or Mike Martens/Jace Bode as appropriate, with details of the nature of the injury/illness, and how long the student will be unable to play for. Thank you to all parents and students who have been proactive in communicating in these matters.

The Sports Department wishes all students the best of luck for the season ahead, go Dragons!

HP Pre-Season Camps: Football and Netball

With the winter season imminent, our high performance netballers and footballers took advantage of the first Monday of Term 2 to get in some specialist training and team bonding, before the all-important opening round in Week 2.

This year the boys headed for the hills, literally. Woodhouse Activity Centre hosted our First XVIII Squad overnight Camp as Coaches Ian Cox and Tony Ritson, and manager Trevor Orman put the boys through their paces with training sessions, team meetings, and physical challenges, as well as some team bonding activities including Orienteering, Frisbee Golf, and Challenge Hill. The boys are a talented young squad this year and we look forward to another fantastic season. We look forward to some Westies names in the upcoming State Squad announcements!

Meanwhile, back at Dragons headquarters, the netballers started their prep with an onsite training day. Kicking off in the Michael Murray Centre with some goal setting and leadership work under Coach Marg Angove, the girls then showcased their communication skills with blindfold soccer. The team was lucky enough to them spend the rest of the day with Adelaide Thunderbirds players Cathrine Tuivaiti, Kaitlyn Bryce, and Kate Shimmin. The T-Birds girls shared a ‘power lunch’ with the Westies players, sharing stories about their challenges, resilience, and pathways to the top. They then split into the three specialist areas, shooters, mid-courters, and defenders to hone some specialist skills, and finished off with an intense few quarters of match play. The girls are again shaping up to be one of the strongest teams in the State, despite being dealt a very cruel and untimely blow with the loss of State and National 17s Squad defender, Georgia Kraft, who sustained an ACL knee injury in the holidays playing for South Australia.  We wish Georgia all the very best for a smooth recovery. A big congratulations must go to Lucy Austin, who captained South Australia to their third successive national title in defeating Victoria in the Championships held in Adelaide over the holidays.


Westminster’s secret weapon, the Eyetower Performance Analysis system will be in full swing this winter season, with Mr McLachlan and his crew aiming to capture plenty of sports action across a range of sports. We are including a Prep football and netball game as well! Any students or parents interested in assisting with helping us film and edit using this exciting sports technology are encouraged to contact Mr Darren McLachlan as soon as possible via Email.

Preparatory School Sports Program

Junior Primary sport commenced this week with an action packed program of activities planned for our youngest Westies sport kids. Soccer will be held Tuesdays, basketball Wednesdays, football Thursdays, and both gymnastics and netball on Friday afternoons. We have had over 30 junior primary students nominate for each of the activities, which will hold our co-curricular program in good stead in the years to come.

Our Middle Primary and Upper Primary students commence their matches for their co-curricular activities this week and we look forward to seeing them in action throughout the months ahead.

Golden Keys Fast Twitch Performance Centre

It’s here! The Westminster Sports Department are very proud to announce that the Golden Keys Fast Twitch Performance Training Centre is ready to go! We welcome our training centre instructor and coordinator, Gerard Dutton, whom many of our students and staff will get to know very well over the coming months. Gerard comes highly recommended to us from managing the Fast Twitch Performance Training Centre in Klemzig, and is an expert in this type of training. Gerard is currently inputting the programs to the machinery and the gym will be ready for action in Week 3. All students and staff will receive communication shortly of opening hours and rostered times for specific groups. Some notes in preparation for the gym opening:

  • Boarders can do their FT programs in the traditional boarders’ timeslots on Monday and Wednesday (boys) and Tuesday (girls) evenings as well as team sessions booked for their sports if they wish
  • Running Club for all students continues Monday and Friday mornings, with the HP sessions for Netball on Wednesday mornings, and the Football running/recovery session now on Monday mornings. Soccer players need to negotiate their running session time with Mr Thompson or Mr Dyer
  • All students in Winter HP Teams (scheduled program) are to complete 1 x Fast Twitch session and 1 x HP Running session as well as team trainings unless negotiated with the Head of High Performance (e.g. athletes in SASI or competing pre-elite training programs etc.)
  • Students with pre-existing Performing Arts commitments need to complete their FT Programs in one of the many other options in a general use timeslot

Westminster’s new Fast Twitch Centre Instructor, Gerard Dutton


High Performance Sports Workshop 2

We are thrilled to invite all interested Westminster families to the second High Performance workshop featuring industry professionals Geof Boylan-Marsland and Stewart McCully.

The evening will be discussing Sports Psychology and Wellbeing for school-aged students in intensive pre-elite sports programs.

When: Monday 28 May 2018
Time:  7.00 – 8.45 pm
Venue: Westminster School, Sports and Swimming Centre, David Jarman Room (upstairs)

7.00 to 7.45 pm - Presenter 1: Sport Psychology (Geof Boylan-Marsland) - inclusive of time for Q and A at the end
7.45 pm - Break: Tea, Coffee, and Refreshments
8.00 to 8.45 pm - Wellbeing (Stewart McCully) - inclusive of time for Q and A at the end

Book now -

Presenter Information

Geof Boylan-Marsland

Geof was the Senior Psychologist at the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) in Adelaide and has been working as a psychologist in high performance sport for the last 15 years. He is a graduate of Deakin University, completing a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and also earned a Master of Psychology in Sport/Performance psychology from University of Western Sydney. His responsibilities at SASI include working with athletes, teams and coaches in rowing, cycling (track and road), BMX, kayaking, track and field, swimming, netball, gymnastic-trampoline and athletes with a disability (AWD - Paralympic athletes). He also runs a very busy private practice (Mind Matters Psychology) in Western Adelaide, working with athletes and teams in variety of sports including netball, officiating, BMX, cycling, athletics, bowling, swimming, golf and gymnastics and has worked with the Adelaide Thunderbirds Netball Team and Australian ‘Diamonds’ netballers.  Geof has worked with Commonwealth Games/Olympic/Paralympic Medallists and World Champions in sprint and endurance track cycling, road cycling, track and field, equestrian, shooting, table tennis and BMX. He is also involved with coach’s professional development programs for a range of National Sporting Organisations. He also works with business people, students and corporate sector to get the best out of themselves and realize best outcomes.

Stewart McCully

Stewart McCully has a Bachelor of Education (PE), Graduate Certificate Elite Athlete Mentoring, Certificate 4 Training & Assessment and is a former SANFL State Squad member and 125-game Glenelg Football Club player. Stewart’s passion for sport and for people led to him creating his tailor made athlete mentoring program, Next Level Elite Athlete Mentoring. After two years of studying what makes elite athletes tick, Stewart established his program which is designed to help elite athletes maximise their potential in the sporting arena and in life. Stewart’s work aims to facilitate the transfer of knowledge between professional athletes of all levels on topics ranging from leadership to life beyond sport. His work with athletes aims to ensure that each individual has the opportunity to reach their full athletic and personal potential including working with groups in a collaborative culture between athletes in different sports. Stewart and his team teach athletes how to deal with setbacks, handle the media, manage a budget, maximise self-promotion, master public speaking, do effective long-term planning and about leadership.

Jane Woodlands-Thompson
Head of Sport Development and High Performance