Half Term Sports update

March 3, 2023  
Mr Adrian Deck - Head of Sport

It’s been a strong start to the 2023 sporting calendar at TIGS, where students in both Junior School and Senior School have plenty of opportunities to represent their School in a variety of sporting events.

Australia Day Aquathon

More than twelve TIGS students competed at the annual Australia Day Aquathon held at Belmore Basin. Competitors could either compete as a team (relay format) or individually in a range of races, tailored to suit every ability level. Some of the notable individual results are below:

  • Claire Spicknall – 3rd U20 Women Long Aqua (4th overall)
  • Oscar Sheppard – 3rd U10 Boys Kids Aqua
  • Jack Gibson – 9th U16 Boys Short Aqua (11th overall)
  • Riley Baird – 5th 16-19 Boys Short Aqua (27th overall)
  • Ethan Murray – 9th U10 Boys Kids Aqua
  • Rio Sheppard -13th U10 Boys Kids Aqua
  • Mia Shen – 15th U10 Girls Kids Aqua
  • Leo Gao – 19th U10 Boys Kids Aqua


NASSA Junior Basketball Gala Day – Thursday 9 February

Eight boys and eight girls attended the NASSA basketball Gala day at Castle Hill. All our students represented the School well displaying great skill and sportsmanship. The boys fought hard and came away with 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. The girls battled their way to second place with 5 wins and only 1 loss by only 3 points to St Luke’s Grammar, who ended up winning the day. Stand out performances included Malik El Jamal displaying great ball handling skills and a resilient attitude, as well as Emily Clark and Millie Lane who displayed great game strategy and sharp shooting skills.

In the girls competition, TIGS finished in second place, while the boys finished in equal third.

Congratulations to the following TIGS students who were chosen to trial for CIS:

  • Jayke Childs
  • Malik El Jamal
  • Emily Clark
  • Emilia Lane


AICES Open Boys Tennis – Friday 10 February

TIGS was represented by two students at the AICES Open Boys Tennis Championships. Ben Harman and Alexander Mpimperias. Both students performed exceptionally well against some very tough opposition. Ben qualified for the repechage round and won the remainder of his games until the final, where he lost to a strong player from Central Coast Adventist School. Congratulations to both boys for being chosen to play at this level, and particularly to Ben for finishing as Runner-Up in the repechage round.


AICES Basketball Cup – Thursday 16 February

On Thursday 16 February, ten boys gave up their time at the Senior School Swimming carnival to represent TIGS at AICES Basketball Cup.

The team played exceptionally well, progressing to the Grand Final not only undefeated, but having won all their games convincingly. Unfortunately, they were  pipped at the post in the final, finishing as runners up to SEDA College, 34 – 25.

NASSA Tennis Gala Day – Friday 24 February

Following on from a successful TIGS Tennis Gala Day on Wednesday 15 February, where 40 students competed for a place in the boys and girls TIGS Tennis Teams, a fantastic day out on the tennis court was had by all at the NASSA Tennis Gala Day. Katie Lowe, Yananai Chibanda, Inez Leal and Aubrey Koll made up the girls team. They played with great spirit and exemplary sportsmanship taking out 3rd place after narrowly missing out on the final. Alexander Mpimperias, Ben Harman, Ishe Chibanda, Gautham Lakshmanan Dev and Samarth Sirohi made up the boys team. They also played with great enthusiasm, excellent sportsmanship and managed to make it to the final where they won convincingly! A very successful day for The Illawarra Grammar School and as always, the students were a credit to themselves and the School displaying excellent attitude and behaviour throughout the tournament. Well done, everyone!


Open Boys and Girls CIS Football Cup – Round 1

Our Open Boys Football team came up against Nowra Anglican College (NAC) in the first round of the boys CIS Football Cup. The boys put on a dominant display, controlling possession throughout the game and creating numerous goal scoring opportunities. TIGS came away with a 5-0 victory, and is ready to take on Amity College in Round 2. Goal scorers on the day were Junho Cho (2), Ryan Molnar, Christian Vujic and Oscar Kiely.


In the earlier game, the Open Girls also played against NAC, but this was a much tighter affair. NAC took an early lead, which they held until just before half time, when TIGS midfield combined for a lovely goal finished by Matilda Pead. The game remained at 1-1 until full time, which took it into penalties. NAC won the penalty shoot-out 4-1, knocking TIGS out of the competition. It was a gallant effort by the girls, who displayed great sportsmanship and team-spirit throughout.

NSW All Schools Triathlon

On Friday 24 February,  27 students from Years 7 to Year 11 represented TIGS at the NSW All Schools Triathlon at Sydney International Regatta Centre. TIGS entered 9 teams in total: 3 Junior Boys teams, 2 Intermediate Boys teams, 1 Intermediate Girls team, 2 Senior Boys teams and 1 Senior Girls team with each team comprising a swimmer, cyclist and runner.

All teams performed well, with particular congratulations to our Senior Girls team, made up of Ella McIlwraith, Charlotte I’Ons and Claire Spicknall, who placed first in the Senior Girls CIS Category and second overall in the Senior Girls event.

Jack Gibson was our only student competing at the Individual NSW All Schools Triathlon event, held the day before the teams event. As a Multi-Class Athlete, Jack competed against able-bodied competitors and demonstrated outstanding grit and determination to beat over 80 athletes and finish 4th in NSW, and 3rd in CIS. Jack will now go on to compete at the Australian Schools Triathlon Championships later this month.


Talented Athlete Program and Talented Football Program (TAP/TFP)

Our Talented Athletes Programme and Talented Football Programme are underway again for 2023.

For our Talented Athletes Programme, TIGS continues its partnership with BaiMed Performance, whose coaches are able to provide our budding young athletes with specially designed strength and conditioning sessions, allowing them to work towards achieving their goals in their chosen sports.

TIGS are excited to work with the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Elite coaches in the delivery of our Talented Football Programme. This is a unique opportunity for talented footballers within TIGS community to develop individual football skills with training provided by UEFA and FA qualified coaches.

These coaches are working in partnership with our TIGS football coaches to develop and run sessions that cater to the needs of each player in the squad.


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