|28 Jul 2021|
Sport is not just a battle of physical requirements, the final score or even the journey to a moment in time. What it creates is the manifestation of community, culture and a purpose for society to come together during tough times. There is no other pinnacle of sport that can match this outcome like the Olympic Games.
The last six weeks has been a tough time for Greater Sydney, no matter your inclination or dedication towards recreational sporting pursuits. As you may know, the Olympic motto is 'Citius, Altius, Fortius' or 'Faster, Higher, Stronger'. However, for the first time since its adoption there has been a temporary amendment to include the incredibly powerful word; ‘Communiter’ or Together. The ideology behind this change is to acknowledge the struggle the world as endured over the last 18 months, and to allow us the ability to triumph and come together as one community.
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle.”
Pierre de Coubertin
I must use Ariarne Titmus winning Gold in the 400m Freestyle as an example. Even though we are engaging in Remote Learning or working from home - and without physical contact - the whole nation ‘virtually’ stopped to watch her become Olympic Champion. What further enhanced this togetherness was the reaction of her coach and the passion, excitement, and raw emotion of a five-year journey they have now shared with the world, which is much more than just the time of 3:56.69. It is cherished moments like these that enable us to foster this sense of community and ultimately reinforce our national identity.
Community at Loreto Normanhurst is something that should and always will be celebrated due its power to create connections even across the most difficult of boundaries. Earlier last week, I had the pleasure of organising a Zoom with several of our Softball students to create a video of support for Ellen Roberts (Class of 2009) on her journey to Tokyo. I was fortunate enough to speak with Ellen after showing her this footage, and she was incredibly proud to feel so embraced and close to the Loreto Normanhurst Community even from 7821km away.
The programs the Sport Department is offering your daughter during Remote Learning aim to create connections across the whole community and to foster a sense of individual identity. Initially, the Online Health and Wellbeing Program promotes a holistic lifestyle that complements lessons; it also creates connections amongst households with a variety of daily activities. There is an emphasis on mindfulness, physical activity, and opportunities to connect with loved ones away from the computer.
The second program relates to the Pastoral and Sport LN Community Olympics. Delivered through the Pastoral Care system, Houses and Tutor Groups complete a variety of individual and group activities to gain points towards the House and Tutor Group Champion Trophy(s). This creates a fun and competitive atmosphere, while allowing connections of togetherness to work towards a unified goal.
The adage of ‘it takes a village’ will always ring true and the Sport Department is excited to be announcing more opportunities soon. Our goal will always be to ensure all students at Loreto Normanhurst can continue to remain holistically active no matter the barrier participation.
Mr David Brock
Acting Head of Sport
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