Student Achievers

Mr Peter Wilson – Director of Co-Curricular Activities

The holiday period provided opportunities for our students to showcase their skills in a range of co-curricular sporting arenas.  Congratulations to the students who competed at various events during this time.  The following updates were provided by some parent helpers who tirelessly support their children, whilst keeping us up to date with what is happening from a co-curricular standpoint.

Bradley Cook – Bradley recently attended the National Schools Futsal Championships as a member of the South Coast (QLD/NSW) team who placed fourth overall. The carnival was a great experience and an opportunity for Bradley to hone his skills for the 2019 season.

Interschool Equestrian National Championships

Main Image: Sophie Brennan, Georgia Rohde, Maddie Mathies, Bridget Hegerty and Holly Wickham.

During the holidays five students travelled to Werribee in Victoria for the Interschool Equestrian National Championships.

Many memories were made and the ‘mighty maroons’ spirit was on show, as the SCOTS PGC girls rallied together to show their support as each of them competed.

The 3000km trip was an adventure in itself, with families travelling in convoy, stopping every three hours to unload the horses and trade both passengers and pets!

Congratulations to Holly, Bridget, Georgia, Maddie and Sophie for your wonderful achievements, fantastic attitude and infectious spirit!

Holly Wickham guided her horse, Kinnordy Gyron (Gee), through two challenging tasks in the Small Tour Dressage class. Designed to test the horse’s gymnastic ability this is the highest class of dressage in the competition. Holly placed second in one test, third in the other and third overall on a count-back. Holly also placed fifth in the Advanced Freestyle Dressage, in which the rider choreographs the horse’s movements to music.

Bridget Hegerty (Vice Captain Queensland Dressage team) competed in the Elementary Dressage, placing second in Freestyle with a James Bond routine (in which the harmony between horse and rider was evident) and ninth overall.

Bridget and horse Fairbanks Ipod, aka Pod, were also selected to compete in the Show Hunter class, placing 13th overall, with a commendable sixth place in the Rider class, which is judged solely on the rider’s ability.

Georgia Rohde placed seventh in the Combined Training 105cm class. Riders are required to compete in a dressage test, in which they are given a placing, followed by a showjump round. A single rail knocked down in the jumping phase can drop a rider back several placings. Bourne Identity, aka George, performed well in his dressage test and backed this up with a clear showjumping round.

Maddie Mathies placed 13th in the 80cm Eventing class which includes a dressage test, a showjump round and a cross country course with jumping obstacles such as water, logs and solid timber fences. Not for the faint-hearted, this event is suited only to the most versatile and brave horse and rider. Maddie has been solely responsible for training her horse, Pop’s Cadillac, after her grandfather bought him out of a ‘dogger’ pen for $300 a few years ago. Many horses on the field that day would have been brought professionally trained for tens of thousands of dollars. Maddie and Cadillac completed the showjumping and cross country free of any knocked rails or time penalties.

Sophie Brennan, the youngest SCOTS PGC student to represent Queensland at the National Championships this year, qualified in two disciplines, on two ponies. She competed on Brad (Antrim Royale) in the Novice Dressage and Skippy (Forever Gold) in the Combined Training 60cm class. Sophie’s forte is dressage and this was evident in her performances.