This year, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy welcomed its first diving coach to the athletic department, Mr. Randy Wouters. While HT students have participated in competitive diving in the past, the school has never before had the benefit of having a diving coach on staff. Coach Wouters shares some insight into this fascinating sport below:
Diving is a sport that seems to gain moderate attention during the summer Olympics, but is happening year-round in nearly every country of the world. And no, we’re not talking about SCUBA diving. Springboard and platform diving have been around since the 1880s and have changed considerably over the years due to equipment upgrades and sport-specific training.
Diving is said to be the cousin of gymnastics, since many of the same flips and twists are performed from various heights. If you watched any of the Rio Olympic diving, you will have seen just how far the sport has come. Athletes are now pushing the boundaries of human physical limitations, doing dives such as the front 4.5 somersault from the 3-meter springboard and the 10-meter tower – which is the height of a 3- story building! Continue reading High School Diving Takes Special Form of Athleticism, Discipline→
As I complete my second year as the Athletic Director at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, I am excited about the future of the athletic program. The 2015-2016 school year has proved to be the best athletic year for Holy Trinity in its brief history.
The varsity boys’ basketball team made it to the state championship for the 1st time in school history, and the varsity boys’ soccer team competed in the state final four admirably. Both teams were narrowly defeated.
The varsity girls’ soccer team won the district championship and lost in a nail-biting 1-0 game in the region semifinals.
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, Holy Trinity’s freshman, junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams paired off against Viera High School to “Dig Pink to Beat Breast Cancer.” The annual event, which is sponsored by The Side-Out Foundation and its Dig Pink initiatives, brought together two rival teams in the spirit of giving back, raising $3,540 for breast cancer research. A 2013 Holy Trinity graduate, Savannah Hicks, recently reached out to share her feelings about participating in the event as a student.
I was part of the varsity volleyball team at Holy Trinity for the three years that I attended the school and I played indoor and sand volleyball for Florida Atlantic University (FAU) for two years. I am now in my first year of nursing school at FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.
Just before my junior year at Holy Trinity, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was truly devastating for our family. My mother was treated with chemotherapy for six months and fortunately, was rid of the cancer by the end of her treatments. Throughout this period, our family received such an outpouring of help and support from friends and family. This was truly one of the silver linings from this experience for our family and we couldn’t have made it through that trying period without all of that support.
I competed in Dig Pink games every year throughout high school. Especially the year that my mother was going through her own battle, competing in the Dig Pink game was very special. It’s great to have sporting events like Dig Pink games that bring the community together to support a common cause. Even though Holy Trinity and Viera are competitors on the court, I believe the two teams come together to support this cause because breast cancer affects us all, either personally or through family or friends.
Members and fans from each school are all able to come together at the Dig Pink game to raise awareness for breast cancer research and support those who have been affected by this disease. I’m glad to know that this year’s Dig Pink game was not only a great sporting event, but also a great way for players and fans of each team to connect in support of a great cause!