Westfields Sports High School
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|Westfields Sports High School|
Endurance and Perseverance
|Fairfield West, New South Wales, Australia|
|Type||Public, Co-educational, Sport Selective, Day school|
|Colour(s)||Blue & Gold
Westfields Sports High School (abbreviated as WSHS) is a dedicated Sports High school in Western Sydney suburb of Fairfield West. Unlike most other public high schools in NSW, the school has a selective approach to enrolment, with students needing to either live within the relatively small catchment area of the school, or demonstrate their ability in respect to some field of sport. The school is very well regarded for having produced sporting talent in a number of different areas of sporting endeavour, and has received a range of grants to support its work with sporting talent.
Early history 
The School was established in 1963 and opened by Former Australian Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam). Its first year enrolment had 300 students. The school achieved moderate success during the 60s to 80s in sports and was on the rise during the late 80s. The Founding Principal, Philip Tucker, had wanted establish Westfields into a school that could provide any sports person who attended a pathway the Australian Institute of Sport, and extend their possibilities past High School level sports competition. The School was then officially declared a Sports school on 24 April 1991. Its motto is Fortitudo - Endurance and Perseverance. In 2008, the International Olympic Committee recognized Westfields Sports for their involvement in producing many Australian Olympians with a special Sport and Youth Trophy.
Westfields offers a variety of courses for each of the selective sports students and also the academic localised students who attend the school. The comprehensive lists include over 100 different courses with 10 advanced classes. Subjects offered come from a variety of different KLA's including : Mathematics, English, History, Social Science, Design & Technology, Creative Arts, Language Studies (Japanese, Italian, Spanish), as well as many other extra curricula subjects.
Sport is a vital part of Westfields Sports. The school has developed its sporting teams through the coaching available within the school premises and outside of school. Through this, Westfields Sports has built up a reputation as one of the best in the world in High School Level sports and has won many state, national and international championships. A number of sports are undertaken with students representing their sport for the school - some going on to become famous sport stars. The sports are as follows:
- track and field athletics, lawn bowls*, baseball, netball, basketball, rowing, cricket, rugby league football, curling*, rugby football, dance, softball, equestrian, swimming, soccer, table tennis, golf, tennis, gymnastics, water polo*, hockey, and volleyball.
- * = currently not undertaken at the school
The School sits on a total area of approximately seven hectares. Some facilities include:
- Computer labs; specialist subject rooms, library, oval sporting area; throws cage; synthetic athletics track; strength and conditioning room; indoor sports stadium; sports medicine and physiotherapy centre; cricket nets; dance studios; gymnasium; snthetic soccer pitch; tennis court; hockey field; softball/Baseball diamond; rowing facilities at Sydney International Regatta Centre, Chipping Norton Lakes; 3 school buses.
Notable alumni 
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- Mustafa Amini - Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga
- Connor Chapman - Newcastle Jets in the A-league
- Milos Degenek - VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga
- Aaron Mooy - Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-league
- Michael Beauchamp - Socceroo Western Sydney Wanderers in the A-League
- Alex Brosque - Socceroo Shimizu S-Pulse in the J.League
- Jacob Burns - former Socceroo and captain of Perth Glory in the A-League
- David Carney - Australia national team, former player for Blackpool
- Jason Culina – Socceroo Newcastle Jets in the A-League
- Scott Jamieson – Socceroo Sydney FC in the A-League
- Terry Antonis - Sydney FC in the A-League
- Matthew Jurman - Brisbane Roar in the A-League
- Harry Kewell – Socceroo Melbourne Victory in the A-league
- Trent McClenahan - Football League Championship club Scunthorpe United
- Matthew Ryan - Central Coast Mariners in the A-league
- Danny Vukovic - Wellington Phoenix in the A-League
- Kelly Golebiowski - Central Coast Mariners Women
- Bernie Ibini-Isei - Central Coast Mariners in the A-League
- Michael Clarke - Captain of Australian Test & One-day International cricket teams
- Usman Khawaja - Australian Cricket team and The New South Wales club
- Dani Samuels - 2009 World Champion in the discus throw
- John Thornell - Long Jumper, competitor of the Commonwealth Games
Rugby League 
- Israel Folau - Kangaroo
- Liam Fulton - Wests Tigers
- Bryce Gibbs – Cronulla Sharks
- Eric Grothe Jr. - Parramatta Eels
- Dene Halatau - Canterbury Bulldogs
- Jarryd Hayne – Parramatta Eels NSW and Australia
- Jamal Idris - Gold Coast Titans
- Kris Keating - Canterbury Bulldogs
- Matt Keating - Parramatta Eels
- Trent Hodkinson - Canterbury Bulldogs
- Corey Payne - Canterbury Bulldogs
- Justin Horo - Parramatta Eels
- Leon Bott - Brisbane Broncos
- Michael Buettner - Parramatta Eels
- Pat Richards - Wigan Warriors
- Michael Greenfield - Former South Sydney Rabbitohs
- Issac Luke - South Sydney Rabbitohs
- Blake Green - Wigan Warriors
- Chris Armit - Penrith Panthers
- Heka Nanai - Canterbury Bulldogs
- Krisnan Inu – Canterbury Bulldogs
- Feleti Mateo - Warriors
- Karl McNichol - Canterbury Bulldogs
- Mark Minichiello - Gold Coast Titans
- Luke O'Donnell - Kangaroo and State of Origin player for NSW
- Tony Williams - Canterbury Bulldogs
Rugby Union 
- Sitiveni Mafi – Leicester Tigers and Tonga
- Jeremy Su'a – Canterbury Crusaders and Samoa
- Alfie Mafi – Western Force
- Valeni Tiatia - Western Force
- Ben Coridas – NSW Waratahs Queensland Reds
- Rodney Ma'a - ACT Brumbies
- Ben Matwijow - Melbourne Rebels
- Jessica Mckay - Australia & America Independent wrestling.
- Denis Evans - a physicist and chemist; currently a professor at the Research School of Chemistry of the Australian National University
Politics & Law 
See also 
- "NSW Department of Education and Training: Westfields Sports High School". Retrieved 20 June 2010.
- "WSHS Enrolment". Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Adrian Proszenko (13 January 2013). "Top marks to school where Stars are made". Sydney Morning Herald.
- Michael Chammas (11 February 2009). "Grant for Westfields Sports High School". Sydney Morning Herald.
- "IOC honour for Sydney school". Retrieved 20 June 2010.
- "West News", 7 November 2006
- "London 2012 - Dani Samuels Athlete Profile". Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Code Black - Fusion Records". Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Westfields Sports High School Homepage
- Official DET Website: Westfields Sports High School
- NSW Department of Education and Training: Westfields Sports High School