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College Sport and Panthers Sports Academy

College Sport

Sport plays a significant role in the development of a young person and helps them to discover the sense of belonging intrinsic to being a part of a team. Through sport, students learn to win with humility and lose with grace, celebrating the rewards of their dedication and commitment.

Sporting programs offer a range of opportunities accessible to all, including competitive interschool sporting competitions and participation-based options such as Coastal Associated Schools (CAS) Sports.

The College participates in Associated and Catholic Colleges (ACC) carnivals for swimming, cross-country, and athletics. The ACC is a network of high schools across Perth who compete in a series of competitions designed to showcase the talents and abilities of our young athletes.

The College’s interschool sport programs include:

  • Summer and Winter terms CAS
  • Champion Schools Tournaments
  • Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) Carnivals
  • Interschool Lightning Carnivals

The College’s Sporting Academy has a focus on three specialist sports, including Australian Rules Football, soccer, and basketball.

Associated and Catholic Colleges (ACC) Carnivals

Our College is a member of the ACC and competes on an annual basis in the major ACC inter-school carnivals for swimming, cross country and athletics.

ACC carnival information can be found at:

ACC Carnival apps

Selection

Our provisional College swim team is selected from our InterHouse Swimming

Carnival held in March, and finalised after a CAS practice meet in the lead up to the ACC carnival.

Training

Team members are required to train at twice weekly morning sessions at HBF Arena Joondalup. Non team members are also welcome. Please note that College bathers are required, and a College swim cap is provided. Breakfast is provided at school after training.

ACC Carnival

Our College currently competes in the E division of the ACC Swimming Carnivals held at HBF Arena in Mt Claremont in week 8 of Term 1.

Selection

Our provisional College cross country team is selected from our InterHouse Cross Country event held in the first week of Term 2.

Training

Team members are required to train at twice weekly morning sessions held at the College. Non team members are also welcome. The College athletics uniform is provided. Breakfast is provided after training.

ACC Carnival

The ACC Cross Country Carnival is held at Alderbury Reserve in Floreat in May and is open to all member ACC schools. Race fields attract in excess of 200 competitors over 3000m and 4000m events.

Selection

Our provisional College cross country team is selected from our InterHouse Cross Country event held in the first week of Term 2.

Training

Team members are required to train at twice weekly morning sessions held at the College. Non team members are also welcome. The College athletics uniform is provided. Breakfast is provided after training.

ACC Carnival

The ACC Cross Country Carnival is held at Alderbury Reserve in Floreat in May and is open to all member ACC schools. Race fields attract in excess of 200 competitors over 3000m and 4000m events.

Panthers Sports Academy

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FIRST ROUND TRIALS on Wednesday, 21st August 2024, 3.30pm-4.30pm

SECOND ROUND TRIALS on Wednesday, 6th November 2024, 3.30pm-4.30pm 

Trials held at the College

 

The College welcomes applications from Years 5 -10 students looking to enrol at Irene McCormack Catholic College and current Year 7-10 IMCC students. Selection will be based on academic performance, personal attributes, community club sport participation and athletic levels.

The Irene McCormack Catholic College Sports Academy specialises in Australian Rules Football, Soccer and Basketball and with each team being known as the Panthers.

Sr Irene McCormack was an avid sports fan and participant. She was a passionate fan of Australian Rules Football supporting the South Fremantle football Club and the West Coast Eagles. She was also a keen golfer.

In selecting a name and mascot for the Irene McCormack Catholic College Sports Academy it was important to link to Sr Irene’s historical roots. Sr Irene was born in Kununoppin and grew up in Trayning in the central wheatbelt in Western Australia. Trayning was a member of the Dampier Football Association (1913–1967), which also included clubs in Bencubbin, Kununoppin, Mukinbudin. Nungarin, and Yelbeni. Following a merger of the Dampier Football Association and the Koorda-Wyalkatchem Football Association, the Central Wheatbelt Football League (CWFL) was formed at the end of the 1967 football season. In 1969 Trayning merged with Kununoppin to form Towns in 1969. As the population of the towns in the central wheatbelt continued to decline there were not enough players available to form a team. The loss of population has many effects in a community. At the end of the 1990 season Towns merged with Nungarin to become the Nungarin Towns Panthers. Other sporting teams in the district have also adopted the name Panthers.

To honour the great history of sport in the central wheatbelt, the sporting home of Sr Irene, it is fitting that the Irene McCormack Catholic College Sports Academy is called the Panthers.

The Panther is incredibly intelligent and agile and one of the most powerful and fearless animals in the world. The panther symbolises courage, valour and power. The panther is a fierce guardian, protector saviour.

The medieval compendium of beasts transforms the panther into a symbol of Christ, reflecting his wisdom and holiness. As the embodiment of Christ, the panther is able to bring complete harmony and unity to the animal kingdom while also providing protection from evil.

Irene McCormack Catholic College introduced the Academy program in 2012 specialising in Soccer. The program grew in 2014 with the addition of Football. As the Academy grew, the College added Basketball in 2019. Today all three specialised sporting programs are available to enrolled students from Year 7 to Year 10 who wish to pursue excellence in their chosen sport.

Aims of the Program – Supplementing the holistic education provided by the College, the Academy program at Irene McCormack Catholic College aims to develop interpersonal skills, mental skills, fitness, and sport specific skills. The primary aim of the Academy is to provide support, guidance, skill development and access to pathways, in addition to the student’s involvement in their local club sport.

Structure of the Program – Students enrolled in the Academy program are expected to participate in one before school training session and one timetabled lesson per week during school time. Students are also expected to develop through club sport training outside of school in addition to excursions and competitions at the College. Academy students are also nominated to compete in the Coastal and Associated Schools competitions.  Students will receive expert coaching and development from Irene McCormack staff, Wanneroo Wolves Basketball Association, West Australian Football Commission, West Perth Football Club and Two Halfs Football Development.

Reports will be required from the student’s current school and a reference from the community sporting club the student is currently a member of. The selection process will include scrutiny of references and school reports, as well as participation in trials conducted by the College.

Successful applicants will be required to meet the following expectations:  Commitment to all team trainings, excursions, and competitions. Be available for all Coastal Associated Schools and other interschool fixtures. Represent the College to the best of their ability in all aspects of College life. Purchase, wear and always maintain the correct Academy uniform and equipment.  Always demonstrate the upmost sportsmanship. Demonstrate a commitment to academic achievement in every class.

Program Inclusions – Excursions, camps, referee courses, coaching courses, expert coaching with adequate feedback, skill development, participation in school sporting competitions and access to sporting pathways leading to future employment.

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