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Trinity News : August 2011
TRINITY NEWS 47 MENTESMULTA EC ONSILIUMUNUMTGSOTU3OLDBOYEXCELLENCE ESMOND LEONG (‘10) One of the challenges facing IB students is the writing of an Extended Essay.,the writing of which is both extremely rewarding and an ideal preparation for the kind of critical research in which they will have to engage at university. Last year one of our IB candidates, Esmond Leong (10), wrote an Extended Essay entitled Virgil, Purcell and Tate and Their Treatment of the Legend of Dido and Aeneas. His research sought to “assess how the artists have manipulated the story to comment upon their respective religious and political climates”. His inspiration for and interest in this topic arose from his study of Purcell’s opera in IB music and his study of Virgil in IB Latin. Esmond is to be congratulated not only for the very high mark his essay attracted, but also for its acceptance for publication in the academic journal Classicum (Vol.XXXVII.1, 2011). This is no small achievement and in itself shows the quality of research of which Trinity students are capable. Terry Haywood | Classics Department KENNETH TO (‘09) | RANKS 7TH IN THE WORLD After only narrowly qualifying to represent Australia for the 2011 World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, Kenneth To (Class of 2009) swam brilliantly at these Championships in late July to finish 7th in what was a star-studded final of the 200m Individual Medley. This is a tremendous achievement for both Kenneth and his coach, Matthew Brown (Class of 1990) who began working together at Trinity in 2004 and continue to do so, despite Kenneth now having completed his studies at the School and having begun his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Sydney University. This To / Brown winning combination saw Kenneth launched onto the International stage in 2010 with victories at the Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore and the Junior Pan Pacs in Maui. However, placing 7th in the world is Kenneth’s greatest achievement thus far, as the event was largely a battle of nerves, given that Kenneth was not only the youngest swimmer in the field, but was also up against some of the greatest swimmers of recent years including 16 times Olympic Medallist Michael Phelps from the USA and the now world record holder in the 200 m Individual Medley, Ryan Lochte, also from the USA. Kenneth continues to be a great ambassador for Trinity. He returns from the World Championships having broken Ian Thorpe’s NSW record and having swum the fastest time ever recorded by an Australian not wearing the now banned high-tech swim suits. Now as Kenneth and Matthew look towards qualifying for the 2012 Australian Olympic Swimming Team, we wish them the best of luck and anticipate hearing soon more about Kenneth’s continued progress. | James Martin - MIC Swimming ALEX CLUNIES-ROSS (‘08) SCOTT SIO (‘09) Congratulation to Alex Clunies-Ross (’08) who was selected for the ACT U20’s this year. Congratulations to Scott Sio for his selection in the Australian U20s team. The photo above shows Scott ploughing through the French defence.