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Hunter Sports High School

Hunter Sports High School

Personalising Pathways

Telephone02 4943 5755



Coaching Staff:

Ken Harradine - Throws Coach

  • Level 4 Throws ATFCA Coach
  • Coach of Olympic and Commonwealth Champion
  • Strength and Conditioning accreditation with ASCA
  • National Talent Identification Program member
  • AWD Accredited


Scott Westcott - Distance Coach

  • HSHS Science Teacher 
  • Former Olympian - competed in the Marathon in 2016 Rio Olympic Games and ran a time of 2:22:19.
  • Placed 4th in 2006 Commonwealth Games Marathon
  • Has the best Parkrun time in Australia (14:23) set in October 2013


Tim Eschebach - Sprints Coach

  • Master of Strength & Conditioning
  • MBC Athletics Coach
  • Stawell Gift finalist & 200m winner
  • Souths Netball Strength & Conditioning Coach


Bella Stewart - Jumps Coach

  • National gold medalist and 3 times bronze medalist
  • 11 x CHS medalist
  • 6 x All Schoools medalist 


Samuel Taylor

  • Open State Decathlon Champion
  • Also coaches primary school students with Gecko Sports


Paul Davies - HSHS Teacher/Athletics Academy Coordinator


Outstanding Achievements:

  • Former student Erin Cleaver competed and claimed medals for Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics (bronze), 2017 World Championships (silver) and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (silver) in the L38 Women's Long Jump while a student at HSHS.
  • 44 NSW CHS Gold medals to date
  • 19 NSW CHS Silver medals to date
  • 17 NSW CHS Bronze medals to date
  • 22 NSW All Schools Gold medals to date
  • 26 NSW All Schools Silver medals to date
  • 14 NSW All Schools Bronze medals to date
  • 5 State Cross Country Gold medals to date
  • 3 State Cross Country Silver medals to date
  • 1 State Cross Country Bronze medal to date
  • 4 Australian Championships Gold medals to date
  • 3 Australian Championships Silver medals to date
  • 2 Australian Championships Bronze medals to date


How do I apply?

To be part of this academy prospective students need to apply online on this website. Students must participate in regular football competitions, undertake a trial, and provide supporting documentation as detailed in the online application form. Note that students may be in any year, and acceptance and ongoing placement in the academy is based on continued academic effort, acceptable attendance levels and an excellent behaviour record.

Students are supported by a school environment which caters for the academic and welfare needs of the talented athlete, allowing them to gain a quality education whilst still pursuing their sporting dreams.