Awards and Prizes

TAS Sports Council

Colours and Medallions are awarded by The Headmaster based on recommendations from the TAS Sports Council.

The Sports Council comprises:

  • The Headmaster or his nominee
  • The Sportsmaster
  • Four Masters-in-Charge of official School sports (chosen by The Sportsmaster)
  • Four Captains of official School sports (chosen by The Sportsmaster)
  • The Senior Prefect
  • The Deputy Senior Prefect Chair of the Sports Discipline Committee Student Re Sports Discipline Committee (chosen by The Sportsmaster)

The Council meets towards the end of the sporting seasons to vote ‘on’ Colours based on recommendations provided to the Council by the MIC and/or the coach of the 1st team in that sport.

TAS Sports Awards consist of either Medallions or Colours

Sports Medallions

Sports Medallions are awarded for individual sporting merit or achievement. Often this will be as a member of a team representing the School but this is not a prerequisite.

  • The first criterion for eligibility is sportsmanship. Any candidate for an award must have brought credit on himself and the School.
  • The second criterion for eligibility is achievement which is recognised at different levels.
  • Sports medallions are not restricted to any sport, team or age group. They may be won by Middle School students, Senior School students or students involved in a non-school sport.

Three categories of award are recognised:

  1. Bronze Medallion awarded for significant achievement in any team or sport, relative to the age level and competition. School standards are the general guide, i.e. the achievement is recognised as significant within the School.
  2. Silver Medallion awarded for meritorious achievement. Community standards are the general guide, i.e. the achievement is recognised as meritorious beyond the School and within the community. The student would normally have been selected in a local representative team.
  3. Gold Medallion awarded for exceptional achievement. The student would normally have been selected in a ‘beyond local’ representative team. State or National standards are the guide, i.e. the achievement is recognised as exceptional within or beyond the State.

The Award

The medallions are provided by the School and presented to the individuals concerned on a suitable occasion. They are inscribed where possible with an outline of the sporting achievement and the year of award.

Procedure

Masters-in-Charge of Sports or Sports Coaches may submit the names of individuals for award at any time but normally at the end of a sporting season.

  • Bronze – these awards are decided by the Sportsmaster in consultation with the masters or coaches concerned and approved by the Headmaster.
  • Silver and Gold – these nominations must be made in writing to the Sportsmaster in a format determined by him. They are then submitted, in the same way as Colours, to the Sports Council via the Colours Committee and using the normal Colours procedures.

Additional Guidelines

Bronze medallions:

  • Awarded to Students in Years 6 to 12
  • The Best & Fairest Player in teams other than 1st teams – Students will receive a perpetual trophy, with engraving on the medallion indicating what the award was for.
  • Students who get selected in a ‘rep’ team, where there is little competition for selection, eg Central North Junior Rugby teams

Silver medallions:

  • Awarded to Students mainly in Years 6 to 10 and students in Years 6 to 10 whose achievements would have warranted the awarding of Silver Colours had they been in Years 11 or 12
  • Students who get selected in a ‘rep’ team where there is considerable competition for selection, eg Northern Tablelands Junior Cricket teams, NSW Country Schools U16 Rugby team (not including boys in a 1st team, as they will normally receive Colours)

Gold medallions:

  • Awarded to mainly students in Years 6 to 10 and students in Years 6 to 10 whose achievements would have warranted the awarding of Gold Colours had they been in Years 11 or 12.
  • Students who get selected in a high level ‘rep’ team where there is a great amount of competition for selection, eg Central North Junior Cricket teams, NSW Country Rugby U16 team, CIS U15 tennis team (not including students in a 1st team, as they will normally receive Colours)

Sports Colours

General

Colours are awarded for School representation at the first team level in sports recognized as colours sports.

  • The first criterion for eligibility is attitude (to the sport and School). Any candidate for colours must have brought credit to the School and shown himself worthy of representation.
  • The second criterion for eligibility is ability which is recognized at various levels. Four categories of colours are recognized

First Team Uniform Silver Colours, Gold Colours and  Honours Award

  • First Team Uniform Identification –  Any student selected in a School First Team is eligible to wear the 1st team uniform.
  • Silver Colours –  Any member of a School’s first team (ie. in a sport recognized as a colours sport) is eligible for silver colours providing they have played in sufficient official games for the season (as a guide, a minimum of 65%) and is in Year 11 or 12.

In the case of swimming or athletics or any similar sport where the “First Team” is large and involves open and under age group levels,  the qualification for eligibility is gaining a place (ie. normally first, second or third) in the GPS Open or U17 championship, or its equivalent or in some circumstances U16 age group division, or aggregating a total number of points through several events deemed to be worthy of such a place.

Silver colours are awarded for membership of a first team. In normal years those students who have played in sufficient games in the first team (as a guide, a minimum of 65%) are eligible to receive at least silver colours provided, in The Sports Council’s opinion:

  1. The team has played enough games
  2.  The team has participated at a high enough level, and (c) The team has been successful at this level. If this is not the case, individuals from the team may still receive colours for outstanding performance.
  3. Gold Colours Gold colours are awarded for exceptional performance in a first team in addition to the criteria for silver colours. This contribution would have to be clearly recognized beyond the School and be easily demonstrated as such (eg. GPS athletics 1st place, distinguished G.P.S./district representation etc.). In normal years only two or three gold colours would be awarded in any team.
  4. Honours Award An honours award may be awarded in singular circumstances for a nationally recognized and exceptional achievement. It is assumed that all other criteria for other levels of colours would have been more than met. Honours may only be awarded once in any one sport.

Recognition of Silver Colours, Gold Colours, Honours and Captains of Sport
These awards will be recognized on the Honours blazer, i.e. any student who has qualified at these levels will be awarded a ‘pocket’ to be sewn on the left-hand side of the blazer. A TAS crest will be embroidered on the pocket and beneath the crest the appropriate lettering and year will also be embroidered on the pocket.

Different colours of embroidery denote the different colours awards

  • silver lettering Gold colours
  • gold lettering Honours Award
  • blue lettering, including the word ‘Honours’, eg “Honours in Swimming 20??”

Example of Silver and Gold Colours ‘lettering’: “Swimming 2015”. Note that where a student received the same Colours in a sport, in Years 11 and 12, the lettering would (as an example) be: “Swimming 2011 & 2012”

Captains and Vice-Captains of a Sport will be presented with a badge which can be worn on the Honours Blazer

Who can Wear the Honours Blazer?

The Honours blazer is worn by all students in Years 11 and 12 as part of their School uniform. Additionally, the Honours blazer may be worn by all members of a School ‘1st team’ (when representing the School in that team) and senior teams on overseas tours, even if they are in Year 10 or below.