The e.Bar at the Old England Hotel provided the venue for a gathering of 1993 alumni to celebrate their 30-year school reunion.
The event was to take place in March but rescheduling to October proved to be much better for all. Over 50 men got together and shared stories of their life’s journey and reminisced about their school experiences. Thank you to 1993 Herald Shield winning 1st XVIII Captain Scott La Ferlita for his assistance in getting the word out and encouraging the guys to get there. Scott has also joined the Old Paradians' Association Committee this year.
We were able to remember those Old Paradians from 1993 who have sadly passed away since leaving school. Anthony Barnes, Mathew Daly, David Gilchrist, Nathan Jones, James Lang, Nicholas Mazza, Adam Phelan, Matthew Riordan, Andrew Watson, and Blake Wilson were respectfully remembered with a moment's silence. We also remembered the passing of Elliott Smale’s wife Kristi who sadly passed away after a long battle with cancer.
John Joss and Tony McKay joined me as staff members from 1993 on the evening.
I was able to provide the group with an outline of OPA activities and its goals for the future. Captain of the 2nd XVIII and College Vice Captain Peter Helliar was invited to speak to the group. A mixture of observations and reflections from school days were, as expected, very entertaining. Peter also spoke of great pride and appreciation of the friendships he forged at the College. College Captain of 1993 Kane Watson was in attendance arriving a little late after evening Chiropractic appointments as was College Dux and Malouf Trophy for General Excellence winner David Krolikowski. The sporting team Captains from 1993 were well represented. In addition to Scott and Pete, Hockey Captain Rob Corrigan, Swimming Captain Joseph Schibeci, Tennis Captain Andrew Tucker and Soccer Captain Paul Cifone were in attendance. Prefects from 1993 were also well represented at the evening. Mark Farrell, Jim Scully, Matt Grant, Warrick Plymin joined Scott La Ferlita, Scott Watson, David Krolikowski and Peter Helliar.
In moving around the room, there were many stories of personal and professional journeys. The College provided the foundation for some lifelong friendships.
Special thanks to Lexie Stewart for her work in putting the evening together.