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Champions of good sportsmanship


Mount Gambier’s Tenison Woods College has won the Howard Mutton Trophy for Country Schools in 2023 for the ninth time.

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Each year, three Howard Mutton Awards are presented for school sports in South Australia. The emphasis is on participation rather than winning. The categories comprise the City Schools Shield, the Country Schools Shield (both awarded to the schools with the largest total points for participation and achievements in School Sport SA secondary programs) and the Memorial Shield which is based on a percentage increase in the school’s participation in a wide range of activities in comparison to the school’s previous year’s participation.

All schools affiliated with School Sport SA are eligible to enter.

Howard Mutton advocated for increasing the participation of young people in physical education and sport in schools for more than 20 years.

In his work as president of the SA Secondary Schools Sport Association, head of the Physical Education branch and superintendent of Health and Physical Education, he was a mentor to many aspiring young sports people and influenced the training of physical education teachers.

He worked hard to ensure that PE was part of teacher training and participated at state level in cricket as a player and coach for the likes of the South Australian Amateur Football.

The award isn’t about how many competitions a school can win but how many students can be involved in representing their school in sport. It’s about connecting, spending time with mates and having fun.

“We are thrilled to have won the Howard Mutton Trophy and be recognised for our School Spirit and high level of student participation in Physical Education,” said Tenison Woods College principal David Mezinec.

“We certainly pride ourselves on what we are able to offer our young learners here at Tenison Woods College and I congratulate all staff and students for their outstanding efforts in being recognised for this award for a ninth time.”

To round off an exciting month for the college, the Tenison Woods community gathered for a Celebration of Journey and Legacy on April 12. The occasion was attended by Archbishop Patrick O’Regan who formally opened and blessed recent building developments including the Early Learning and Community Centre extension, the MacKillop Reception Community Centre, the MacKillop Junior School Building, and the Gilap Wanga Middle School precinct and Learning Community.


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