The annual NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) Blue Awards were held in February for the highest-achieving students in NSWCCC sports. As in previous years, Broken Bay schools were strongly represented, with six students from the Diocese recognised.
Three of the awarded students – Jack Taylor for Softball, Nathan Ward for Swimming, and Annika Boyd for Golf – attend Mackillop Catholic College in Warnervale.
The other three students were Tasma Wooley from Stella Maris College in Manly, and Ella Worland from Brigidine College in St Ives, who both excelled in Water Polo, and Anthony Sparacino for Football from St Edwards College in Gosford.
The Diocese also held its annual Sports Council Outstanding Sports Achievement awards for primary students with special guest, Gold Medallist Craig McGrath.
Mr McGrath took home the gold in Sailing and the silver in the Driving Challenge at the Invictus Games in Sydney, and gave a speech about his experiences representing Australia both in the armed forces and in the Games.
Mr McGrath then accompanied Mr Peter Hamill, the Director of Schools, in recognizing thirty-three primary students from across the Diocese for their contributions to sport.
Eighteen students were recognised for their selection to represent New South Wales in PSSA state teams and fifteen students were recognised for their selection at state level for more than one sport.
Diocesan photo with recipients – including Peter Hamill and Rachael Elcoate (PDHPE Teacher -MacKillop Catholic college and NSWCCC Tennis convener)