Excellence in Co-Curricular
Excellence in Sport • Equestrian
Scots alumna Teegan Ashby was Long-Listed for the Australian Eventing team for the 2016 Rio Olympics and has been a driving force behind the School’s equestrian program since 2012.
Each year before The Scots School Albury Interschool Equestrian Challenge, which is a qualifying event for the Victorian Interschool State Championships, Teegan has coached at the School’s equestrian training days.
The professional eventing rider provides recommendations on event selection, coaches students while they run through their dressage test and complete a jumping round, and offers tips for improving their ringcraft and presentation. Teegan is a highly sought-after coach for all three disciplines of Eventing – dressage, showjumping and cross country – and members of the Scots Equestrian Team are privileged to receive her expertise and guidance.
Teegan’s best individual Eventing result has been a second, by a fraction of a second, in the 3* at the Australian International Horse Trials in Adelaide in 2019 aboard the promising but sometimes difficult mount Waitangi Password. The combination had previously tasted success at the 3* Melbourne International three-day in 2018. Teegan is now bringing on youngsters alongside a talented Off The Track Thoroughbred called Magic Mushroom, all of whom are being prepared for the Wallaby Hill three-day-event in December.
Teegan made the Olympics Long List aboard Rockingham No Reason, aka Boris, and it was aboard the big bay that she also made the Australian Young Rider winning team for the Oceania Challenge in 2014. She represented Scots at NSW and Victorian Interschools State Championships from 2007 to 2011. Unfortunately, an injury Boris sustained in winning the 2* eventing at NSW interschools in 2012 meant they could not compete in their other events that year. Luckily she was able to purchase the beautiful grey Marlo Benny from another Scots family, Sara Love, to compete in the Victorian Interschools Championships in 2012 while waiting for Boris to recover.
Father, Warwick, was an original Scots Equestrian committee member and Teegan joined the committee in 2013 after leaving Scots at the end of 2012. Mother, Helen, joined the committee in 2019, but has now volunteered at every Scots Equestrian event since its inception.
The high calibre of the Scots Equestrian Program as part of the School’s co-curricular program is undisputed. The School recently received an Excellence Award in the category of Best Co-Curricular at the 2021 Australian Education Awards. The winner will be announced in Sydney in August.
Excellence in Sport • Basketball
Elite basketballer, Bailey Lloyd, young-gun guard for the local Border Bandits team, brings a new level of expertise to the Scots Basketball co-curricular program with a focus on establishing good foundations for future success. More than half of the entire school population is involved in Bailey’s basketball program and Scots is the largest club of the Albury competition, with teams in every age category.
Bailey directly coaches five teams, trains two more and all teams attend a special coaching session on a rolling roster every Friday. In addition, he mentors the coaches so that the message to students at any year level will be consistent and builds progressively year on year.
Bailey, 21, was born in Sydney, grew up in West Wyalong and attended senior school in Wagga before being recruited to play at the Bandits.
The 201cm guard has big plans for Scots basketballers, including representation at Combined Independent School and Australian Schools competitions, exposure to US collegiate basketball and a verified pathway for elite players.
But it all starts with good, strong foundations and age-appropriate instruction. Focusing on basic ball handling skills and footwork plus promoting a love of the game is his main aim at the youngest age level in Scots Hoops. Conceptual aspects such as floor spacing, game awareness and decision making are introduced in the older year levels but a focus on the fundamentals is always one of Bailey’s priorities – whatever the age of the athlete. His coaching style is based on the model promoted by Basketball NSW with the obvious advantage that students adapt easily to coaching in local representative teams or at regional and state level.
With Bailey at the helm, Scots basketball is in good hands.
The high calibre of Scots Basketball as part of the School’s co-curricular program is undisputed. The School recently received an Excellence Award in the category of Best Co-Curricular at the 2021 Australian Education Awards. The winner will be announced in Sydney in August.