2024 Sports Academy applications are out now!

Applications Close: End of August 2023

2024 Basketball Coaching Staff

Ross Wignell

2019 – Current: Basketball Consultant and Basketball Coach

2013-2019: CEO of Diamond Valley Basketball Association

1999-2013: Manager, Basketball Operations, State Director of Coaching, Vic Metro ITC/NITP and Head Coach at Basketball Victoria

Coached at SEABL, BIG V Championship, Big V Youth League and VJBL Level.

Ross has helped many individuals represent Victoria, receive AIS scholarships, receive USA scholarships, play WNBL/NBL, play WNBA/NBA and represent Australia.


We are extremely excited to announce that Ross Wignell will be returning as Head Coach for St Helena Secondary College’s 2023 Basketball Academy.

In 2019 we launched the Basketball Academy program in partnership with Ross Wignell. He has continued in this role, and we look forward to utilising his expertise in 2023. Ross has been the catalyst behind the program and his extensive coaching experience has been extremely valued by our athletes. Our athletes speak very highly of Ross, they absolutely love being coached by him, and they develop holistically under his guidance.

St Helena Secondary College began with a strong sporting tradition in 1984.

The St Helena Sports Academy aims to develop skills in our students that will encourage lifelong learning, allowing them to connect and interact with the real world as active and responsible global citizens. Upon completion of the program students will not only have developed as an athlete, but as a well-rounded individual with options, dignity and purpose.

Students involved in the Netball Academy will participate in four sessions per fortnight, held before school hours.

This is a co-curricular program that is additional to the standard curriculum program. The sessions will focus on:

  • Technical Skill Development
  • Tactical and Strategic Development
  • Strength and ConditioningInjury Prevention
  • Match Preparation
  • Recovery

If you have any questions regarding the Sports Academy, please contact Mr Michael Ericson (Sport Coordinator – Sports Academy) on 9438 8500 bw@sthelena.vic.edu.au

Swimming sports were held from 1985 and while students participated in a range of competitive sports in those first years, the Tennis team excelled.

Today the school’s commitment to sport remains resolute as the associated activities contribute significantly to the physical, mental and social growth of our students.

It is through the college sport program that many students develop an active lifestyle commitment along with the skills, attributes, character strengths and disciplines that serve them well for a lifetime and open up a world of social and recreational enjoyment.

We value and celebrate participation, sportsmanship, camaraderie and school spirit. As always, one’s personal best is enough.

  • Sport at St Helena complements the classroom Physical and Health Education program.
  • Interschool Sport
  • Athlete Development Program

Students from Years 7-12 can register to compete in one of the sports listed below.

Students commit to training prior to competition.

Cross Country
Table Tennis

A brand new $2.5 million Sports precinct complete with:

  • a full size FIFA quality soccer pitch with synthetic turf. AFL goal posts can also be installed.
  • 4 multiuse synthetic cushioned hard court surfaces marked for netball, Fast Five and tennis

Night lighting will facilitate night community use.

This facility will be shared with Glen Katherine Primary School, the Eltham Netball Club, the Eltham Redbacks Soccer Club and other community groups outside school hours.

  • a fully equipped Fitness Centre
  • 5 outdoor basketball courts


Jarryd Clifford, Australian Paralympian, Rio 2016: 7th in both the 1500m and 5000m event with a PB in the latter.  Bronze medal in the Paralympic World Championships in London, 2017.

Gold Coast Suns players: Brayden Fiorini, Darcy MacPherson

Richmond player: Nick Vlastuin

House System/Community Engagement

The House System is a foundation tradition that over the school’s history has been a highly effective way to foster student wellbeing, social growth and school connectedness.

In 2013/14 a comprehensive consultative review of the system led by a dedicated committee of students and staff resulted in the establishment of four new Houses in 2015.

For more information on college tours, ACE application and enrolment information at St Helena