WHEN Australian Test cricket captain Tim Paine led his team to victory at the 2019 Ashes, it was the crowning moment of his sporting career. It was also a proud moment for students and staff at Bayview Secondary College to see a former student front-and-centre on the global stage.
Paine, a former student at Rokeby High School, has featured on motivational banners in the school’s gym for a number of years, serving as an inspiration to Bayview students. The school is currently mounting an effort to cement themselves as a key sporting hub for the wider community.
Bayview’s Director of Sport, Tom Robinson, was named Tasmanian PE teacher of the year in 2017 for his innovative work in the field and has no doubt students who access the facilities and courses on offer at Bayview can aspire to greatness, just like Tim Paine.
“The whole aim of teaching health and physical education in schools is to educate students around their own wellbeing and being active citizens, but we also want to provide a pathway to the elite levels of sport that so many young people dream about,” Mr Robinson said.
Also planned is a significant investment in state-of-the-art facilities that are currently in development with Clarence City Council, the end result being a sporting centre likes of which does not currently exist on the Eastern Shore.
“We’re really lucky with the outdoor spaces we have available at Bayview, there’s always room for the students to get out and move,” Mr Robinson said.
“What will be even better is when the new stadium, courts and redeveloped sports fields are up and running, Bayview students will have access to premium sports facilities every day at school.”
Central to the master plan is a continuation and expansion of the existing relationship between Bayview and prominent local sports clubs so students entering the school in Year 7 can maintain their efforts at club level while upskilling and striving for excellence in their chosen field.
“We’ve got a number of male and female students playing at Lauderdale footy club, local cricket clubs, soccer played on our fields every weekend.
“We just want to give every young person in the local community the facilities, the motivation and the access to coaching and expertise they need to achieve their own personal goals and live healthy, happy lives.”