A Brief history of Sport at Calrossy.
For over a century, Calrossy Anglican School students have had countless opportunities to participate in a wide range of sporting activities.
David Hampstead, our Director of Sport, has a vision for the future of Sport at Calrossy.
"Calrossy is renowned for its outstanding academic achievements over many years. At the same time, our students continue to achieve at the highest levels across many sports. Calrossy offers a diverse range of sporting opportunities across its two campuses within its curricular program, as well as in the extra-curricular sporting space. Cricket, Netball and Rugby continue to form the backbone of our sporting program, with women’s rugby exploding in popularity in recent years.
In 2022 a new sporting era beckons. We have invested in new sporting facilities and begun new sporting programs. Calrossy has partnered with Rural Fit to deliver the first ever Calrossy Identified Athletes Program, aimed at meeting the needs of our top athletes as they pursue sport at Calrossy. We have introduced a Rifle Shooting program with plans to expand and have teams compete in competitions locally and further afield. As we move beyond the global pandemic, we are confident of sporting tours resuming both domestically, and internationally. With opportunities in bouldering, mountain biking, and other niche sports, Calrossy provides a wide spectrum of sporting opportunities for students in the School.
Calrossy has vision of delivering the best sports program in Northwest NSW in the coming years. With the ongoing support of families, alumni, and the Tamworth community, we believe Calrossy students can be achieving at the very highest levels of their chosen sport. More importantly, we believe students will have many opportunities to participate in and enjoy sport with friends making lifelong memories of fun and connection."
From our Archives - A brief history of Sport at Calrossy
From the first students, who played tennis on the courts located in the grounds of St John’s Church, to the first Sports Mistress, Miss MacDonald, who also taught Dance, Eurhythmics (a system of rhythmical physical movements to music) and Self Defence. Calrossy Sport has always played an important part of our School and history.
When Calrossy moved to its present location in 1923, the orchard and gardens were gradually transformed into netball, hockey and tennis playing areas. Students competed in Inter-House competitions from 1930 and also in Interschool competitions against the much larger Tamworth High School and also in town competitions. Miss Berry (1928-1936) was a very popular Sports Mistress during this time.
In the 1930's and 40's, the girls participated in drill teams and ball games teams as well as athletics, swimming, hockey and tennis. Headmistress Miss Horton (1941-1951) introduced early morning swimming for boarders in an effort to ensure girls could swim.
Netball continued to be very popular. (Interestingly, the game was known as netball by the School up to 1949. In 1950-1971 it was called basketball. From 1972 onwards it was again called netball to distinguish it from basketball which was growing in popularity nationally.) In the 1950s, as well as athletics, swimming, hockey and netball, some girls began to represent the School in Softball. In 1961 and 1962 Calrossy also entered in local squash competitions. The highlight of the 1960s must have been the construction of the swimming pool which was open early in 1969, the year Calrossy celebrated 50 years of providing education for girls.
Unfortunately our Archives have limited information about individual students in these early decades. (If you have any stories or news we encourage you to share them". Click Here)
Students have continued to enjoy wide competition and success in HRIS (Hunter Region Independent Schools), AICES (Association of Independent Co-Educational Schools) and CIS competitions. The School’s equestrian team has been recognised as the most successful school over a number of years at the North West Equestrian Expo held at Coonabarabran with over 60 of our students competing. Claudia Nielsen and Mitchell Watts have had success in rugby union, Jess Davidson in cricket, Emma Klasen in athletics, Emily Grellman in water polo. Outside school, Chris Summerell has had great success in pistol shooting.
Our History or Sport and our archives are extensive and we might have missed some notable names! If we have let us know! Click here to tell your story... or other Alumni sport stories from over the years.
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