2013 has seen the students of Bombala High School achieve some outstanding results in numerous sporting disciplines.
This year so far we have had State finalists in netball, volleyball and athletics, and Regional finalists in touch, basketball, volleyball and league-tag.
This reflects the sporting culture at BHS where skill development and training lead to fitness, confidence and outstanding sportsmanship.
For a small school like ours to make it through to Regional let alone State level is an enormous achievement.
In order to qualify for Regional Finals our school must defeat the schools in our zone which are Eden, Batemans Bay, Bega, Monaro, Narooma and Moruya.
To qualify for the State level of competition after this, our school must defeat the champions of the neighbouring zone which consists of schools from the Wollongong/Illawarra area and the Goulburn/Bowral area.
State Finals usually consist of the 16 best high school teams in NSW.
In May, our Under 15s Girls Netball Team competed at the State Final after finishing second at the Regional Finals.
Whilst competing in the State Finals, our girls played the Hills Sports High School, Kirrawee High School, Woolooware HS, Glenn Innes High and Vincentia High.
The majority of schools that make it through to this level are significantly larger than ours and, often, specialise in sports.
After the two days of tough competition, the girls were placed 13th in the State.
In June, our Open Girls Volleyball team travelled to Sydney after winning through to the State Finals by defeating Bomaderry High and Kiama High.
In these NSW finals the girls played against Great Lakes High School from the Central Coast (with a student population of over 1500), Murrumburrah High, Glenn Innes High and Blayney High, securing 11th place in these highly competitive finals.
Our Open Boys Touch Team won through to the Region Finals at Ulladulla and competed against Wollongong Sports High, Karabar and Kiama. As a result of this competition they were placed 10th in the Region.
Our Girls League Tag team were crowned Zone Champions in September defeating Eden, Bega and Lumen Christi. This is an outstanding result given the girls’ lack of regular competitive opportunities in this field.
Once again the sportsmanship and enthusiasm of BHS students was noted by the referees and coaches of the other teams participating.
In September our Under 15s Girls Basketball Team travelled to Bombaderry to complete in the Regional Finals, after defeating Moruya, Monaro and Bega.
The girls were defeated in their first game by Bomaderry High and were narrowly defeated by only six points by Figtree High School. This meant that our girls finished third overall in the region.
On an individual level, this year has seen Keiren Rodwell crowned Zone Sportsperson of the Year with his selection in the NSW Combined High Schools Basketball Team and his placing 9th in Discus and 6th in Javelin in the recent State Athletics Championships.
Bailey Jones also placed 9th in the Triple Jump at the same State Championship.
Our resident skier, Richard Stewart, who has very successfully participated in high levels of competitive skiing throughout his high school years, was recently placed third in the Alpine Air Interschool State Championships.
These young men have clearly demonstrated their skilfulness, prowess and athleticism as a result of their dedication, training and the encouragement they have received
As you can see from this list of many and varied sporting successes, Bombala High School consistently out performs many other larger schools which have a much larger pool of students from which to draw.
This is a testament to the proud tradition of sport within the local community, the strong commitment and effort of their parents and also to the dedicated team of teachers and support staff at Bombala High School, without whom none of this would be possible.
Congratulations students of Bombala High School!