Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ April 2017 Contents Stacey stays on track
after track after track
Australian representation and RGS Head
of Health and Physical Education, Mr Alan
Stacey, recently returned from the World
Masters Athletics Championships in South
Korea. Competing in the Men’s 50-55 years
age, Mr Stacey placed 6th in the 3km walk,
15th in the 800m and 9th in the 3000m,
breaking the Australian indoor record:
“I ’ve competed in athletics at national and
international level since primary school.
I’m competitive and love competing. Apart
from the health and fitness benefits that
come along with training, it is a way of life
to constantly challenge myself and set
goals. The thrill and honour of putting on
the Australian uniform no matter what age
or how many times you have done it never
fades. The excitement of racing... I find
almost addictive. I also hope that in my
position at School I can prove to be a good
role model and inspire others to set goals
and strive to achieve their personal bests.”
Picture: A Mr Stacey selfie in South Korea
Reaching the highest level of your sport isn’t solely about talent. You have to reach deep
to reach the top according to these RGS students and staff , writes Rachael McDonald.
Brothers make Moore than an effort
Brothers Aaron (Year 11), Blake (Year
12) and Damon (RGS 2014) Moore are
making their mark on the International Touch
Football scene with all three representing
successful Australian teams in the Trans
Tasman Series in New Zealand earlier this year.
Blake and Aaron started playing
touch as nine-year-olds.
“Touch from the start was great fun for
us both on and off the field,’’ Blake said.
“We made great friends who we still have
today and when on the field we loved the
competitive but fun nature of the game.”
Sport now for the Moore boys is part
of their lives, “just about 24/7”.
When they aren’t at touch training, cricket
training or rugby training they are training hard
to play at the elite level for state and country.
“Playing for your state or country is both
physically and mentally demanding,’’ Blake said,
who trains aggressively three times a week.
“Physically, it is important to be fit;
it is very noticeable when you aren’t.
Mentally, it ’s also impor tant to be in
the right frame of mind, never ahead of
ourselves ... as the games approach us.”
“Nerves are a big part of game day. By
warm up time the butterflies have really
kicked in for us both,’’ Blake said.
Aaron, Blake and Damon have all been
a part of some ver y successful teams
over the last few years – at RGS, Central
Queensland, Queensland and Australia.
“ W hat gives us the winning edge
are the coaches we have had. They
always get us over the line when
it counts most,’’ Blake said.
“For anyone else looking to go to the
elite level in Touch Football or any spor t
one tip from us both would to always be
positive and don’t let the tough times set
you back. Work hard through those times.”
Crossland is cross-fit
RGS Head of Year 8 Mr John
Crossland is ready to go the extra
distance to achieve his goals.
Mr Crossland has now completed over
100 triathlons of varying distances, and
last year made his debut at the Hawaiian
Ironman where he completed the 3.8km
swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run in 15
hours, 30 minutes and 59 seconds.
He has since completed another Ironman
event in Western Australia and is locked in for
an English Channel swim from 10-17 July 2019.
“I am looking at round 15 hours for the swim.”
Mr Crossland puts his achievements
down to “dedication” and finding a
consistent amount of time to train.
Growing up, tennis, cricket and AFL
were Mr Crossland’s sports.
“I was never a fast runner, I swam in
the ocean and we all rode bikes when
we were growing up,’’ he said.
Mental preparation for his challenges is
just as important as his physical fitness.
“M y greatest asset is my mental strength
and toughness and there is something really
special about completing an Ironman. Running
down the finishing shute, with people shouting
and screaming and the commentator saying
those iconic words, ‘John Crossland you are an
Ironman’ is quite an emotional experience.”
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