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Meet Our Local Sporting Superstars

The Loreto Normanhurst students and alumnae taking on the world sporting stage.
21 Jul 2022
Liz Clay competing at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Image Credit: AAP
Liz Clay competing at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Image Credit: AAP

In celebration of the 2022 Commonwealth Games currently underway in Birmingham, Loreto Normanhurst is thrilled to share the notable achievements of five current and former students in their respective sporting disciplines.

The Loreto Normanhurst community proudly celebrates the incredible efforts of alumnae and Australia’s leading female hurdler, Liz Clay (Class of ’12). Clay was set to compete in the 2022 Commonwealth Games prior to fracturing her foot in a heavy fall during the 100m hurdles heats at the World Athletics Championships. She ran a personal best time at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics to narrowly miss a place in the final.

Showcasing their passion and tenacity for their respective sporting endeavours on the world stage are:

Emma Fessey (Class of ‘14)

  • An Australian rowing champion, Emma is set to compete in the women’s eight at the World Rowing Championships in Prague this September.
  • The team recently took home a gold medal at the World Rowing Cup III event in Lucerne, Switzerland in early July.
  • She has represented NSW Rowing at Nationals from 2015-2022 and was named NSW rower of the year in 2018/19.
  • Emma was awarded the David Greatorex Scholarship to attend Wesley College at the University of Sydney as a result of her numerous sporting, academic and music pursuits whilst at Loreto Normanhurst.

Greta Kraszula (Class of ‘20)

  • Greta was recently named as part of the extended Young Matildas Squad for the U20s FIFA World Cup in Costa Rica, kicking off on the 11th of August 2022.
  • Her soccer prowess saw her receive a full scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University in the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Soccer Program, where she was an Atlantic 10 Regular Season Champion in her freshman season.
  • She also played for Indy Eleven in the inaugural American USL Women’s League Season.
  • It was through the Loreto Normanhurst Sports Department, that Greta was introduced to Player Pathways USA, assisting her to navigate the opportunity to study and play soccer at the collegiate level in the USA.

Tatum Bird (Class of ‘20)

  • In her debut Super W season, Tatum was named the NSW Waratahs Women’s Rookie of the Year for 2022.
  • She has been selected as a member of the Australian Wallaroos Squad and hopes to debut later this year at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand this October.
  • She also captained the NSW Rugby 7s Women’s Team.
  • Tatum has left a lasting legacy on Loreto Normanhurst Sport with leadership roles in both the Rugby 7’s and Touch Football programs. She was also involved in the organisation and training of the school’s inaugural Rugby 7's competition.

Current students on track in the rugby world and following in the footsteps of alumnae, Tatum Bird are:

Mia Jones (Class of ‘23)

  • Mia was selected as part of the NSW Waratah’s U18s team in 2022.
  • She was also selected as part of the U18s Seahawks 7s for the World Schools 7s this December in New Zealand.
  • She is a current member of the Sydney University Rugby 7, Rugby 10 and Rugby XV teams.
  • A talented athlete across a multitude of sporting codes, Mia has played in National and State representative sides for Rugby Union, Rugby League, Oz Tag and Touch Football. She has represented Loreto Normanhurst for Touch Football and Rugby 7s.

Tamsyn Cairns (Class of ‘22)

  • Tamsyn was named in the NSWSRU II Open Schools team to compete at the Australian Schools Rugby Championships in July.
  • She was named in the first ever NSW Waratahs U18 women’s team.
  • She is a current member of both the Sydney University Rugby 7 and Rugby XV teams.
  • Tamsyn was first introduced to the game of rugby at Loreto Normanhurst and developed her skills playing in the Loreto Normanhurst Rugby team.

The incredible achievements of both former and existing students are a testament to the Sport Program at Loreto Normanhurst. The award-winning Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model is underpinned by the FACE Curriculum, which gives equal emphasis to faith, academic, community and extra-curricular.

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