For those of you new to TAS, the Triple Crown is an award that recognises student achievement in taking on challenge events that put them outside their comfort zones, during their time at TAS. In the past, this has included the 2km Coffs Ocean Swim, the Sydney City 2 Surf, the 111km overnight Hawkesbury Canoe Classic and the Tour de Rocks cycle classic from Armidale to South West Rocks. Those who complete three of these during their time at school are awarded the Triple Crown; completing them in one year earns a student a coveted gold Triple Crown!
Even though some of our traditional events will continue to be impacted by COVID, a full smorgasbord of alternative challenges will be offered in 2021. Thankfully our region has been free of COVID up to this point and it is our firm intention to keep it this way. Fortunately, the restrictions on outdoor events are managed with detailed planning and I am confident that parents and friends of the school from our region can join us for these unique experiences. Unfortunately, parents from metropolitan areas are unable to join us due to current restrictions.
The first two on the program for 2021, are the Coffs Ocean Swim (http://villagesports.com.au/events/coffs-ocean-swims/), scheduled for Sunday 28 March and the ‘TAS 100’ (a 100km bike ride), to be held on Sunday 2 May.
The Coffs Ocean Swim (2km) has developed into ‘must-do’ event for so many TAS students. Notwithstanding the fact that the vast majority of our pupils are from regional NSW, in 2019, there were exactly 100 TAS students (and six parents) who swam the 2km, quite an impressive statistic and represented a third of all entries. Held in the safety of the harbour near the Coffs Jetty, the swim is incredibly well organised and is supported by all SLS Clubs along the Coffs Coast. The approximate cost of this event is $95 which includes entry, transport, breakfast and lunch.
The TAS 100 (a 100km bike ride), has been created due to the cancellation of the Tour de Rocks for 2021. An inspiring single day ride (thanks to the most beautiful summer rain), with morning tea at the gorgeous Gostwyck Chapel, lunch in Alma Park, Uralla and afternoon tea at Invergowrie. A couple of hills to keep things interesting, making this ride worthy of its Triple Crown status. The approximate cost of this event is $115 which includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, mechanical support, medical support, safety vehicles, and a donation to the Armidale Hospital, Palliative Care.
Should you wish to avail yourself of one or both Challenges, please register your Expressions of interest using the link provided on the left hand menu. Expressions of Interest are due no later than Monday 22 February, 2021.
Mr Jim Pennington
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If you would like to schedule some time for a personal chat with the Head of School and senior staff when we visit your region, please follow the link below, complete the request form, and our Enrolments Registrar, Mrs Jo Neilson will be in touch to arrange a time.
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