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Stay at it: Golfer Wayne Grady, left, and Cricketer
Jimmy Maher shared some hard learned lessons
at The Rockhampton Grammar School Business
Breakfast, co-hosted with Suncorp Bank.
Legendary Queensland cricketer Jimmy
Maher and Australian golf great Wayne
Grady told more than 90 attendees of
the RGS/Suncorp Business Breakfast
this month not to let defeat or obstacles
stand in their way of success.
The two guests spoke at the RGS Rowing
Club, directing their comments to local
professionals who came together for the
School’s second breakfast meeting this year.
“Talent is one thing but you can’t
get anywhere without training hard,
persisting and bouncing back from
adversity,” said the opening batsman.
“T hose are the critical elements
to being successful long term in any
profession or industry,” Maher added
in a Q&A with audience members.
“Determination, persistence and never
say no,” was the advice from Wayne
Grady, who was told as a player in his
teens to find something else to do.
“I was told not to go to America
because I’d never make it,” said
the 1990 US PGA Champion.
But things weren’t always green for the
native Queenslander, who found himself
at age 21 with only $9 in his pocket.
“Ever yone goes through difficult times
and bad periods but you have to keep
going and back yourself.... I learnt from
very young you have to keep setting new
standards and new goals. If you don’t
you get trapped in the same old thing.”
Amog the guests were a table of
RGS Cricketers. Congratulations to
Binura Gunasinghe who took home an
autographed Jimmy Maher cricket bat.
The School plans to host four
Business Breakfasts next year.
Cameron Clarke (Year 6) and Miranda
Chopping (Year 5) have tested the waters on
the national level. The swim sensations joined
the Queensland Primary School team at the
recent national championships in Melbourne.
Cameron collected a silver medal in the 11 Years
Boys 200m individual medley relay final and
placed fourth in the 200m freestyle relay final.
He also qualified for the 50m breaststroke final.
Miranda competed in the 10 years girls division
where she narrowly missed medals, placing
fourth in both the 200m individual medley and
200m freestyle relays and placed fifth in the
50m breaststroke. Miranda also competed in the
100m backstroke and 100m freestyle events.
Bronze in Sports
Whitney Doyle and Lucy Reid won a bronze
medal (Level 4, Senior pair) at AEROSkools
National Championships held in Brisbane over
the holidays. Erin Beak, Tara Weier and
Sarah McAuley partcipated in the Level 3 Trio
competition. Tara and Nirmala Seemungal-
Dass combined in the Level 3 Pair event
whilst Gabrielle Norris-Kvikne and Jessica
Maitland qualified for the Level 3 Pair event.
“The judges [were] generally looking for
performers to compete at high artistic
levels, being able to move the routine
throughout the floor and execute the required
elements with strength,’’ Whitney said.
Girls Quad’s surprise silver
The Rockhampton Grammar School
(RGS) Year 9 Girls Quad Scull crew pushed
themselves to new limits at the Queensland
Schools Rowing Championships near
Bundaberg from 20-22 September.
A highlight of the three- day regatta for RGS,
the crew of Bonnie Maynard, Annalee
Godwin, Lara Nobbs, Julia Becker and
Lara Doyle (cox) won the silver medal behind
St Margaret ’s Anglican College (Brisbane).
After producing second places at
Central Queensland and North Queensland
schools regattas earlier this year RGS
Rowing Club Head Coach John Smyth
said to have had the girls just make the
final would have been a big effort at this
regatta against some strong crews.
“T hey have obviously been working very
hard with Angela Richardson (coach) and
have made some good improvements in
the last two months,’’ Mr Smyth said.
RGS also struck gold at the regatta
with Ben Beatty (Year 9) and Robert
Sinclair (Year 9) winning the Year 9 Boys
Double Scull Final ahead of The Southport
School and Trinity Lutheran College.
Mr Smyth said while they were
not technically as strong as other
crews, they both had big engines.
“Generally Year 9s go out too crazy
fast at the start and try to hang on at
the end, but they are both physically
strong boys,’’ Mr Smyth said.
Ben also produced a silver medal
per formance in the under-15 boys single
scull and bronze in the quad final.
The RGS Year 9 Boys Quad scull coxed
crew of Callum Robertson, Matthew
Wright, Sinclair, Beatty and cox Sam
Gray won a bronze medal in their final.
Also winning bronze was the crew of
Riley Polkinghorne, Myles Heath,
Callum Chisholm, Tom Cumming and
cox Luke Saunders in the Inter-Regional
open schoolboys quad coxed event, finishing
behind winners Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Silver smiles: The Rockhampton Grammar School Year 9 Girls Quad Scull coxed crew (from left): Lara
Doyle, Bonnie Maynard, Julia Becker, Annalee Godwin, Lara Nobbs and coach Angela Richardson.
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