Our staff sports stars

Our sports department staff have been heavily involved in professional sport throughout their careers.

Our Head of Sport and BTC operations, Andrew Yanitsas, has a long history with Water Polo Australia and is currently the assistant coach of the Australian men’s water polo team.

Working closely with Andrew is Richard Campbell, our Head of Aquatics and Head Water Polo Coach. He is a four-time Olympian and has represented Australia across the globe.

Sam Negus, our Head of Team Sports, also plays within the Australian National Water Polo League and is the assistant coach of Water Polo Australia’s youth team.

Our Head of Representative Sport and Student Athlete Pathways is dual AFL and Gaelic football champion Tadhg Kennelly. He played for the Sydney Swans for ten years and is the only person to have won both an AFL Premiership medallion and a Senior All-Ireland Championship medal.

Richard Coakley, our Head of Rowing and Snow Sports, represented Ireland in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Amy Ridge (OG2014)

Our water polo coaches include Amy Ridge OG2014 – who represented Australia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games – as well as Charlie Negus, Matt Burns and Tim Putt who play for the Australian men’s water polo team.

In AFL, our students are lucky enough to have the guidance of GWS Giants player Tait Mackrill and Sydney Swans star Ryan O’Keefe.

“It’s great to be able to have such good role models within the team,” Andrew says, “it’s important that they can relate to the students, especially as they know what it is like juggling school or university commitments as well as their sport.”

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Open Mornings

Our Open Mornings allow you to immerse yourself into life at St Catherine’s. Hear from our headmistress and take a guided tour of classrooms, facilities and spaces to get a unique insight.

Open Mornings are offered four times a year and registration is essential.

Open Mornings 2023:

  • Tuesday 21 March
  • Thursday 18 May
  • Tuesday 29 August
  • Wednesday 22 November

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and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.

We extend this respect to the continuation of the cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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