Gurabang claims Swimming Carnival Championship
Ngadyung and Gurabang claimed the honours at the end of a closely fought and entertaining Swimming Carnival at the Dickson Aquatic Centre on 1 March.
Ngadyung made it back-to-back victories in the Spirit Cup, while Gurabang returned to winning ways, capturing the Championship Trophy and bringing to an end its brief two-year trophy drought.
The win returned Gurabang to its status as the most successful house in the pool with seven championships, but Ngadyung remained the most successful house overall, having won 29 of the 68 trophies available in MacKillop history.
Despite being held on the first day of autumn, the students were able to enjoy some warm summer weather, which fit the carnival’s theme, Bring back the holidays. To embrace the theme, the College turned Dickson pool into a tropical paradise, with most students donning Hawaiian shirts or dressing in their house colours. Caritas Corner also featured a baby pool full of inflatable pool toys for students to lounge around in between events.
Fundraising for Caritas has been a prominent feature of the carnival over the years, and this continued with events like the baby pool and a sponge throw. At the end of the day, Mr McNicol delivered on his promise to dive into the pool, despite the fundraising efforts on the day falling short of the $3000 target.
In the pool, five new College records were set. When they weren’t participating in races, students cheered endlessly for their peers and participated in novelty events throughout the day.
Students are to be congratulated for their teamwork, spirit, high levels of participation, and their displays of athleticism in the pool. Thank you to the staff – especially the new Sports Facilitator, Miss Jen Fahey – who played a crucial role in making the day a great success.