There are many opportunities for students to grow and develop their skills at Swan Christian College. One of these is the rare and highly desirable Advanced Kayaking group in the Middle and Senior School, run by Mr Ben Dallin which culminates into the prestigious and challenging Augusta Adventure Race and Blackwood Marathon, both of which we have achieved excellent results in.
Historically, we have had students from Swan Christian College competing in paddling events going back many years, such as Coran Longwood who has represented the State on several occasions, helping with coaching and developing the sport; and Max Smith who represented Australia in the World Marathon Championships in 2017 and represented WA in both Sprint and Marathon Championships. We also have several current students with huge potential, like Ethan Andersson, Dakota Winter and Gabrielle Sim showing great promise on the water.
In continuation of this legacy, we decided to open a course to teach our younger students the skills that can be developed and built upon to strengthen our College team and to create opportunities for our students in the future. This course was offered to students from Years 4 to 7, and a good number of students, both girls and boys across the years, took up the offer.
The WA Paddle Academy provided excellent instructors and the Ascot Kayak Club were fantastic hosts, helping parents and guardians who wanted a paddle to get onto the water. The weather started a little cool but became increasingly magnificent over the four-day course.
The students really loved it and are looking forward to formally joining the club and following a structured program, or being involved more in the College paddle activities in the future.
We hope to run a follow-up course in the Term 3 Holiday break, so if you are keen to be a part of this growing dimension at the College, please drop me a line by phone or email and we can look at the possibilities for your children in this area.
Mr Clive Smith
Head of Technologies, Media and Visual Arts