Sport is a proven part of the healthy development and wellbeing of adolescent boys, and is a compulsory activity for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12 at Newington College.

About Sport at Newington

The Vision: To provide an internationally respected K-12 schoolboy Sports Program empowering all students to be themselves at their best

Vision, Mission and Culture

We aim for boys to:

  1. Develop character through sporting experiences
  2. Participate in enjoyable, meaningful, safe and fair competition
  3. Reach their potential and experience their personal best
  4. Create life-long, memorable moments

The Mission

To inspire our boys to be active for life and harness the power of sport to support wellbeing, develop character and make a positive contribution to society

The Culture

Positive Sport Integrates Positive Psychology theory and research into all facets of Newington’s Sports program.

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Summer Sports

• Basketball • Cricket • NewFit • Rowing • Swimming • Table Tennis • Tennis • Water Polo

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Our Program Focus

Increased participation in physical activity may also lead to greater learning and better grades among students. Vigorous activity may even further enhance learning outcomes.

At Newington Sport, we focus on providing the opportunity for our boys to have a wonderful sporting experience.

This is achieved by focusing our efforts on the Process, and not the Outcomes.

The Benefits of Sport

Sport is incredibly beneficial for boys’ physical and mental health. It encourages interaction with their peer group, exposes them to good pressure and gives them the ability to learn valuable life lessons and skills. It also has physiological effects that directly impact boys’ capacity to learn more effectively and efficiently.

An increased participation in sport and other physical activity has been linked to enhanced cognitive functioning such as information processing, memory, concentration, behaviour and academic achievement.

Winter Sports

• Athletics • Cross Country • Fencing • Football • New Fit • Rifle Shooting • Rugby • Snowsports • Tennis – Winter • Volleyball

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Move to Learn

Evidence shows that physical activity improves children’s cognitive functioning, concentration and on-task behaviour which can ultimately lead to greater opportunities to achieve academic success. The model for this is called “Move to Learn”.

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Sport for Brain Growth

Exercise can increase brain growth (brain-derived neurotropic factor), stimulate nerve growth and development and increase the brain’s resistance to injury. Regular physical activity is likely to provide children with the optimum physiological condition for taking full advantage of learning.


The AAGPS is an alliance of schools. Its purpose is to provide sporting experiences and weekly competition for boys within these schools that embraces the spirit of good sportsmanship.

Events include:

  • Head of the River Rowing Regatta
  • Swimming Carnivals
  • Athletics Carnivals

In addition to competing in AAGPS carnivals, weekly fixtures are organised across summer and winter seasons to cater for boys of all sporting abilities.



The majority of boys will train two afternoons per week from 3.30pm – 5pm and compete in organised fixtures on Saturday. These training sessions will be at College facilities or external venues. Newington College bus services will transport boys to and from specific offsite training venues.

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Strength and Conditioning

Students are provided with individualised programs catering for their appropriate stage of training from Year 7 to 12. The main objective is to ensure that all students are capable of using their own body weight in a variety of movements, followed on by eventually learning more complex lifting techniques. Our facility has been especially designed to cater for all individuals across the College.

Our Strength and Conditioning staff are experienced in their field with particular attention to youth and adolescent development. All students from Year 7 to 12 are encouraged to use the facility to enhance their physical literacy and development.

Sport Tours

Boys who attend Newington have a number of exciting opportunities during their school life to tour and play boys of their age and ability in regional areas, interstate and overseas. We see this as a great opportunity to build strong relationships with their peers, learn some skills about accountability, experience different communities and cultures and create some life long memories.

Examples of tours include:

  • UK Cricket Tour
  • European Football Tour
  • Rugby World Cup Tour
  • USA Basketball Tour
  • Interstate Water Polo Tour

Talented Athlete Sports Program

As part of TASP, we develop individual programs tailored for each boy and encourage a balanced approach to help boys reach their full potential –in both sport and in the academic, wellbeing and social aspects of their lives. Guest speakers are invited to present and there is a coordinated approach in managing a boy’s programs and time demands.

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Sports News

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Vincent Blackwell and Jock Canning

Two of Us

Sport has the ability to bring people together regardless of age, gender, religion, culture, background or ability. The College is lucky to have many skilled and passionate Directors of sport who encourage all boys to achieve their personal bests and participate with humility, respect and enthusiasm. Newington’s Director of Table Tennis, Mr Jock Canning is passionate about the sport and has been instrumental in its popularity over the past few years. His father was a driving force in his passion for table tennis and as a U12 Junior he was ranked third in NSW. In addition to coaching Table Tennis, Mr Canning is a Mathematics teacher who also has a background in Special Education.

At the end of 2014, Mr Canning formed a unique Table Tennis partnership with student Vincent Blackwell (ON 2016). Although Vincent has low vision, he has excelled at Table Tennis with the help of Mr Canning who has adapted the sport to suit his needs.

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Vincent Blackwell

"I’ve been playing Table Tennis since Term 4 2014 and I got involved because it was the only sport I could play. I enjoy hitting the balls and I like Mr Canning’s teaching techniques. I’ve known Mr Canning since Year 7 and he is a good coach because he is very gentle, passionate about teaching, he is an expert in Table Tennis and he has knowledge about people with disabilities. The hardest part about the sport is when ‘Harry’ the Table Tennis robot doesn’t cooperate!"

Jock Canning

When approached about Table Tennis for Vincent I knew it was going to be a special time for him, myself and his family. In the 80s I coached squash to adolescents with other physical challenges and the personal satisfaction always outshone the level of planning and preparation required to coach in this area.

To help Vincent achieve his personal best, I drilled out a Table Tennis bat and filled it with ball bearings so that he could feel the movement. We added some immovable barriers at ground level to guide his feet movement and drew white lines on the table to facilitate sight in his right eye. The use of our training robot allowed me to focus on his bat, feet and movement as he could only play backhand.

Vincent’s best attributes in life are also his best attributes in sport. His willingness to learn, to be enthused by challenges, learn from mistakes and to be grateful for small successes is a shining light for all. Vincent has taught me that compromises, challenges and alternate approaches are achievable and a smiling disposition have endeared our partnership. Vincent can be proud of his achievements and knowing that he has the support of his family in whatever he chooses to do.This is the knowledge that we hope that the young men of Newington take with them when they finish their schooling, and Vincent surely is a magic role model.

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