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Meet the Coach: Ian Lovel

Posted September 21, 2020.

Meet the Coach: Ian Lovel

Position at Clarendon: Middle School Maths Teacher

What co-curriculars do you coach? Football, Cricket, Rowing, Cross Country and Athletics

How long have you been coaching for?

I have coached Cross Country about 20 years, athletics, cricket and football for 30, and rowing  for 1 year.

What do you enjoy most about coaching at Clarendon and why are you passionate about your co-curricular?

The shared ambitions and pursuits with students. I enjoy and am inspired by the will to learn, the will to excel, the will to strive and the unrelenting co-operation and trust in an atmosphere of choice and fervour.

What are some of your most memorable moments from coaching at Clarendon?

I have made many memories whilst coaching at Clarendon. I remember the intermediate footy team beating St Patrick’s College at the old Army Oval, where there was more mud and water than grass. We rolled in the mud and water before the game began and held our nerve to win by the barest margin in sheeting rain. I have also witnessed the transformation of many Old Collegians into great sports stars, including Stewart McSweyn (2013), who pushed Steve Moneghetti’s running record on the BAS field. I still do not know if anyone else recognised this, but oh my it was a privilege to witness. The CHISSA competition at Llanberris also provided many highlights, where Old Collegians lit up the field, particularly in the 1990’s.

Aside from learning about team participation and improving fitness, what are the benefits of participating in your co-curricular activities?

Bonding with students from year 5 to year 12. Running can be fun, and is a great motivator. Team mates also provide beneficial and inspirational competition. Running is for all, and running to win is NOT a factor.

What are some of your favourite sports / hobbies?

I enjoy golf, volleyball, football and basketball umpiring in later years.

What else do you like to do in your spare time?

I have taken up building and carpentry, planting trees and helping nature.