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Sports scholarships for 2013 awarded to two Warrane residents

James Watson (Pictured)

The Warrane Sports Scholarships were awarded this year to two high-achieving sportsmen, James Watson and Jak Bukovinsky.

When James transferred from the University of Sydney to UNSW earlier in the year, he boosted Warrane’s performance in a whole range of sports, particularly in Rugby Union.

After establishing himself as a Rugby player while at school at Redfield College in Sydney’s north west, James went on last year to play in the Colts First Grade competition for Gordon – the “Heartland of North Shore Rugby”. He says it was a “tough season” in the under 19-20s competition, but the team managed to make it to the semi-finals.

Since coming to Warrane, James has put his name down for a wide range of sports in the inter-college competition, including Cricket, AFL, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Rugby League and, of course, Rugby. They are all sports that he excelled at while at Redfield where he played with the college’s First XV Rugby team. His record at Redfield led to him being selected for the representative team in the Independent School’s Association competition.

While at Redfield he also won the Daniel Khoury Shield and the Sportsman of the Year competition, after becoming school champion in Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming. He was also chosen to be House Captain for sport in both Years 11 and 12.

Despite the obvious commitment involved in playing in so many sports, James still managed to achieve a ranking of 92.35 in the Higher School Certificate and is now studying Commerce at UNSW. He said he finds life in College “awesome”. “I love Warrane – it’s a great atmosphere,” he said. “It’s the people that make it great. The spirit of mateship is the best thing and there is always plenty to do.”

“There is always something going on and it people get involved. There is not much chance for anybody to hide in their room. The College brings people together.”

James recently won the 2013 Sportsman of the Year Award for his contributions on the sports field in 2013.

Jak Bukovinsky (Left) and Liam Cliffoed (Right)

The second sports scholarship went to Jak Bukovinsky – one of NSW’s most successful young athletes – who also has an impressive academic record.

After excelling for years in athletics at The King’s School at North Parramatta, Jak managed an Atar of 96.55 in the Higher School Certificate.

At school he held a number of titles, including School Monitor, House Captain, Captain of Cross-Country, Vice-Captain of Athletics and Company Commander in the school’s Cadet Corps.

He earned The King’s School Cross-Country Cup “for excellence in and dedication towards cross-country”. He was GPS representative in athletics in 2010,2011,2012 and in cross-country in 2011 and 2012 and captained the GPS premiers in 2012. After running third in the 5000 metres in the NSW championships, he represented the state in the 5000 metres at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in 2011 and again in 2012.

In cross country, Jak represented NSW in the cross-country at the 2012 Australian Cross-Country Championships, after again taking out third place at the NSW championships.

To get these results Jak has had to train hard. He estimates that on an average week he covers 70-80 kilometres. But it seems he was pushing himself a little too hard – when we spoke he had been resting up for three weeks due to a stress injury to his big toe, caused by overuse.

“I need to have complete rest for another three weeks,” he said. “I can then ease back into running over a four-month period and after that start to build up slowly.”

Unfortunately, the injury forced him out of the Australian University Games in October, where he would have represented UNSW in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres events.

At UNSW he is enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce and has a UNSW Co-op Scholarship. He is also continuing to study Mandarin which he began at school and in which he has now reached a conversational level. He says he is very happy with both the university and the College.

“Warrane is a great place to live,” he said. “It would have been a bit hard commuting every day from my home in Kurrajong, so I did some research and decided on Warrane. I am glad I did. I am really enjoying college life.”