Thu, April 6, 2017

Following sustained growth and success in sport, and in line with significant infrastructure investments made in sporting facilities, Sheldon College has this year launched the Sheldon Academy of Sport.

The Academy of Sport brings together the College’s professionally coached sports of Triathlon (including the Triathlon Australia School of Excellence program), Swimming (Sheldon Swimming Academy and the Sheldon Learn to Swim Centre), Athletics (Track & Field and Cross Country) and Tennis (the brand new Sheldon College Tennis Academy).

The incredible facilities available to the Academy include: a soon-to-be-completed world class synthetic running track; brand new six court floodlit tennis centre; heated main swimming pool and associated enclosed learn to swim facility; immaculately maintained playing fields; cross country running track; and a modern, well equipped gymnasium.

With the goal of providing fantastic opportunities to enable students to reach their full sporting potential within the safe and supportive Sheldon College environment, the following highly credentialed leadership team has been assembled:

Director, Sheldon Academy of Sport – Mr David Savage

Mr Savage assumes leadership of the Academy of Sport after spending the past 12 years as the College’s overall Director of Sport.  In passing interschool sporting responsibilities on to members of the Health and Physical Education Faculty, he is excited to be able to devote his time, energy and attention to building the professional programs of the Academy.  Mr Savage aims to enable Academy programs to cater for students from beginners, right through to national champions and beyond.

Head Coach, Athletics – Mr Ben Norton

Sheldon College’s long-serving Head Coach for Cross Country and Track & Field, Mr Norton, is incredibly excited by the looming opening of the College’s very own IAAF certified athletics track, and sees only bigger and better things to come for Sheldon’s student athletes.  With huge numbers of Sheldon College students already making representative teams from the programs he leads, including national champions, he can’t wait to see the results that will come from the utilisation of such an outstanding facility as our new track.  In addition to his work for the College, Mr Norton is a Queensland Academy of Sport network coach and has performed representative coaching roles for Athletics Australia.

Head Coach, Swimming – Mr Alex Jordan

Mr Jordan has seen a surge in enrolment numbers for Sheldon College swimming squads at the start of this year, and is looking forward to developing these students into the best swimmers they can be.  His ultimate aim is to assist all committed swimmers to achieve to their full potential, and he believes that Sheldon College offers an environment where world class swimmers can be developed in time.  Mr Jordan’s coaching history includes producing state and national champions, Queensland record holders, a Youth Olympics medallist, and from his time spent coaching in Europe, a Team Scotland member for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Head Coach, Triathlon – Mr Matt Bury

Mr Bury recently joined Sheldon College to replace Mr Chris Lang, who accepted a promotion to Head Coach of Triathlon Australia’s National Performance Centre.  Mr Lang’s appointment goes to show the quality of coaching expertise at Sheldon College, with Mr Bury a similarly talented coach.  Mr Bury’s background includes two years spent in high performance sport in New Zealand and more than five years working as a development coach with Triathlon Queensland.  He is focused on developing triathlon skills and techniques with athletes at all stages of their development and is keen to foster a family-friendly feel to the Sheldon Triathlon Club, which caters to adult community members as well as students.

Head Coach, Tennis – Mr Jake Alchin

Mr Alchin is excited to join Sheldon College as the inaugural Head Tennis Coach.  As a tennis player, he competed at a state and national level in the junior grades, before entering a few ATP (professional) tournaments as a young adult.  However, he quickly realised that coaching was his true passion, so studied Exercise and Sports Science whilst coaching at the Sunshine Coast Grammar School before commencing full-time coaching.  In his new role, Mr Alchin will develop a full service tennis centre for the College that in time will provide group and private lessons, fixtures and adult programs for parents and staff, with the goal of firmly establishing Sheldon College as a natural school of choice for tennis in the Brisbane region.

Learn to Swim Manager – Mrs Sarah Gale

The highly experienced Mrs Gale leads the commercial Sheldon Learn to Swim Centre, with the twin aims of developing water safety/confidence and developing swimmers wishing to graduate into squad programs.  Sheldon’s Learn to Swim Centre is open to all members of the wider Redlands community and offers a wonderful, enclosed and heated facility for year-round swimming with great instructors, with the Sheldon College philosophy of Love, Laughter and Learning.

For further information on the Sheldon Academy of Sport, please contact David Savage on [email protected]  or call 07 3206 5568.