Sports on offer
Cross Country at The King's School
Whilst Cross Country running has long been embraced by the School - utilising many of the undeveloped hectares of the property, it was not until 1988 that the first official premiership was sanctioned by the committee of the AAGPS. With the strength established previously, King's was successful in four of the first five premierships contested and continues to be a force amongst competing schools each year, winning more than our share of events and premierships.
This winter sport is contested by GPS runners with approximately 300 boys each week in three age based divisions, competing in races of 3km, 5km and 8km. Whilst the premierships are fought for by the leading contenders from each school in each age division (the first six home contribute to the “score”), the rest of the field competes against themselves in order to try to better their placing on a week to week basis.
The School environment lends itself to the development of skill and endurance in the discipline of Cross Country running. Team building and the development of confidence and composure as a result of personal development are all spin off's as a result of a commitment to the necessary, regular and sometimes challenging training. A healthy mixture of work done in the strength and conditioning room, on the trails and tracks around the property and the occasional visit to the sand hills are all parts of the life of the Cross Country runners.
The coaching staff in Cross Country are highly experienced and cater for the individual at all levels, from the raw recruit through to the super fit and highly motivated competitors striving to become members of the scoring group in their quest for individual and team success.
King's considers it an honour to be recognised as one of the leading Schools at GPS, State and National level. As a result of the opportunities offered, many of our leading runners go on to represent at State and National Schoolboy level across all age divisions.