Mr Tom Bradbury | Assistant Director of Co-curricular Activities
For most, the school holidays are viewed as a time to relax and unwind. For some of our students, the holidays presented opportunities to represent the College and wider region in either a sport or service activity. Here is a brief overview of what some of our students were able to achieve in their two-week break:
National Schools Futsal Championships
Hosted in Brisbane over the school holidays, seven SCOTS PGC students participated in the National Schools Futsal Championships. Phoebe Sellick and Sahara Pickering played in the Under 13 Queensland West team and although the team was not overly successful, the group improved with each game. As a result of their individual performances, national selectors have offered Phoebe a spot in the Under 13 Girls Australian team to tour Barcelona in 2020, and Sahara a spot in the Under 14 Australian Team to tour the United Kingdom.
Madison Kane was a solid performer in the Queensland West Under 15 Team whilst Lucy Jackson learned a lot from her experience with the Under 16 Team. Toby Callaghan and Geoffrey Warren both played for Tasmania in the Under 16 boys and although the team did not make the semi-finals, both boys stood out catching the eye of the selectors resulting in an invitation to tour China in 2020 with the Australian Under 16 and Under 17 teams respectively.
Finally, Bradley Cook played for Queensland South Coast and made it all the way to the semi-finals only to be knocked out by the Queensland City team. Bradley was unwell for the duration of the championship and as such had limited time on the court and by his own admission, was not at his best.
All in all, this was a great competition and our students gained valuable experience at the highest level for their age in the country. All students noted how much faster the competition was and how much they learned. To provide some perspective, each year group could have up to 130 players, with only 30 players identified worthy of national selection. It is, therefore, quite an honour to be invited to attend at an international level and a great opportunity for the selected students to see the world. We wish all our selected students the very best should they choose to take up their invitations.
National 10-12 Years Track and Field Championships
SCOTS speedsters Hayley Wainwright and Nicholas Denny travelled to Darwin to represent Queensland at the School Sport Australia Track and Field Championships for students aged 10-12 on the first weekend of the school holidays.
The pair exceeded their event expectations and walked away with a number of new personal best achievements and championships medals.
Hayley placed fifth in the combined event which was a fantastic achievement on the national stage. She achieved personal bests in three of the four events and also ran the 100m leg in the medley relay which earned a spot on the podium and a bronze medal. Well done Hayley!
Nick also achieved personal bests in both the 200m and 100m which resulted in a bronze medal for the 200m event. Queensland boasted a very fast relay team, which earned them the top spot on the podium and a gold medal for the 4 x 100m relay. Nick also competed in the long jump but missed out on a medal, placing an honourable fourth position
Congratulations Hayley and Nick – you have done your school and state proud!