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2015 Hall of Honour

December 16, 2015

Hall of honour

The Hall of honour is a special award that recognisezes those students who have represented Australia or who have achieved recognition at a national level in a “pool” that is representative of the breadth of the population.

JASON CLEARY-GORTON – Year 9
Writing

Whilst in Year 6, Jason Cleary-Gorton was awarded first place in the Lionel Bowen Young Writers Award for his short story. This was the beginning of several outstanding awards for creative writing, including the 2013 National Literary Award Fellowship of Australian Writers and the 2013 Victorian Cancer Council National Arts Awards for Outstanding Children’s writing. He was invited as a guest speaker at the Victorian Cancer Council’s President Awards where he spoke to a full auditorium, receiving a standing ovation for his 20 minute speech. In the same year, at the age of 13, Jason had two thought-provoking opinion pieces published in the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2014, he again won the Lionel Bowen Young Writer’s Award and the National Literary Fellowship for Australian Writers. Most notably, this year Jason’s writing was selected for the 2015 Award Winning Australian Writing Anthology, against a pool of all award winning Australian writers of all ages.

HUGH BELLING – OA 2003
Music

As a student at St Andrew’s, Huw composed his opus 1 The Word which has subsequently been performed worldwide. Upon graduation, he studied composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he was awarded the Doris Burnett Ford Scholarship for composition. In 2006 Huw wrote Videntes Stellam for the Choir of Christ Church St. Laurence’s tour to England and the USA. The work was premiered by the choir and soloist Helen Sherman, and has subsequently entered the repertoire of the Choir of Westminster Abbey who performed the work on their Australian tour. Huw has since completed three commissions for the Abbey, including a collaboration with New Zealand poet, Richard Major to create The Mountain and the Sea remembrance anthem for ANZAC day in 2008 attended by Dukes of Kent and Gloucester. Huw has continued to win academic and composition awards and he is currently in his third year of a doctorate of philosophy in music composition at the University of Oxford, where he has had several compositions premiered to critical acclaim in both Oxford and London.

Huw’s ties to the SACS community have remained very strong since his graduation, including performing in school musicals as a staff member, directing Children of Eden, and arranging music for Peter Pan this year, and our junior school musical Daniel last year. He also wrote a choral piece, Hail Bright Cecilia in honour of Chris Belshaw which was performed at her funeral by a string orchestra and a 150 person choir.

RHYS BRODIE OA 2010
Rugby

Rhys Brodie was selected as a member of the Australian Schoolboys Rugby team in his final year at St Andrew’s Cathedral School. This selection was considered completely against the odds. Not only because St Andrew’s is considered a “minnow” school in rugby union, with Rhys being the first student selected for the Australian schoolboys team, but also because he was picked from the NSW B team. The Australian schoolboys team were triumphant with a win of 52-10 against Samoa and 40-0 against Fiji in the Bledisloe Cup curtain raiser in Sydney. Rhys was a prop for the Sydney University Club from 2008, moving in 2014 to the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club. This year Rhys has moved to Ireland where he is playing for the Kanturk Rugby Club.

LUCY MCJANNETT – Year 12
Swimming

Lucy was inducted into the Hall of Honour last year due to her fantastic results in swimming and lifesaving, including 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze a the Australian Youth Team for the Oceania Swimming Championships and a bronze and gold medal in the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in 2014. While completing her HSC this year, Lucy continued her great successes in the pool including 2 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in the Australian Age Swimming Championships. From here she represented Australia at the Junior World Swimming Championships where she was a finalist in the 100 metre freestyle. She was also part of the gold medal and world record winning 4×100 and 4×200 freestyle relays, and received a silver medal in the 4×100 mixed freestyle relay. Lucy’s success continued in the Junior Commonwealth Games where she not only received 2 gold medals for relays, but won individual gold medals for the 100 metre freestyle and the 200 metre individual medley.

WARWICK SELVEY OA 1955
Athletics

Warwick Selvey was awarded a scholarship to St Andrew’s Cathedral School when Canon Newth, former Head of School, heard Warwick sing as a 9 year old. He became head chorister 3 years later, and his love of singing continues to this day. When Warwick was 15, Mr Farthing, the sports and geography teacher at SACS introduced discus, javelin and shot-put to the school. SACS was the first school in Australia to have all 3 throwing events. Warwick enthusiastically took up all 3 events, taking home the equipment to practice. With no coach, Warwick was self-trained, practicing every single day, and one year later he broke the Australian record for the Under 16s in discus and shot put.

Between 1960 and 1973, Warwick went on to win 18 Australian Championships in Athletics which is a record for male athletes. He represented Australia in two Olympic Games, in Tokyo in 1964 and in Rome in 1960, making the finals for both shot put and discus in the Rome Olympics. In the 1962 Commonwealth Games he was fourth in shot put and won the gold medal for discus. Warwick chose to do weightlifting as part of his training for athletics and in doing so, he also won 2 national Australian Weightlifting Championships. Warwick currently lives in Thailand, and at age 75, continues to exercise and weight lift every day. He thanks St Andrew’s for being included in the Hall of Honour in its 130th Anniversary Year, and remembers fondly his time at school.

MATTHEW LEVEY OAM OA 2006
Swimming

Matthew Levy has had a stunning career in swimming. Even while still a student at St Andrews, Matt broke the world record in the 200m freestyle short course in 2003. In 2004, in year 10, Matt competed at the Athens Paralympics. In 2006, Matt represented Australia in the IPC World Swimming Championships and in 2007 he won 4 silver and 4 bronze medals at the Telstra Short Course Championships in Melbourne. At the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, Matt won a gold medal as part of the 4x100m medley. His swimming continued to go from strength to strength, winning one gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships.
Matt competed in his third Paralympic Games in 2012 in London, where he won 5 medals with a relay gold, 100m freestyle silver and three bronze medals in the 200m individual medley, the 100m breaststroke and the 4x100m medley relay. Matt continues to compete, swimming in the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal winning 2 golds and a silver and this year competing in the 2015 IPS Swimming World championships winning silver and bronze medals.
In the Australia Day Orders in 2014, Matt was awarded an Order of Australia Medal “for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.” Matt hopes to compete in his 4th Paralympics in 2016 in Rio.