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Ella Kibblewhite-Claus (pictured left) and
Genavieve Cooling (pictured right), both Year
11, won a gold medal in the Level 3Senior
Pair competition at the National Gymnastics
Australia Aero-Schools Championships at the
Gold Coast in September. RGS also had top 10
finishes from: Isabella Wells, Maggie Clifford,
Ruby Newell, Grace Hansen, Abigail Scotney,
Lara Littleton, Thomazine Cumner, Keeley
Tzoutzias and Grace Humphries.
Cassidy Knuth and Sean McDonald, both
Year 12, represented Queensland 18 years
hockey teams in New Zealand over the holidays.
RGS students Spencer Smallcombe, Carter
Wight and Nicholas Matauiau represented the
Queensland Junior Gold Cup Maroon team at
the 2019 Junior Gold Cup Northern Conference
Championships in Brisbane. The event included
three Queensland teams along with teams from
Western Australia and a National Indigenous
team. Jaiden Green was also originally selected
to play in the Queensland White team but was
unavailable for the championships.
The RGS Rodeo team hit the arena at the St
Brendan’s Rodeo in Term 3. Team members
(pictured above) were Luke Curr, Jack Neilson,
Bryn Francis, Jack Neilson, Layney Deguara,
Nash Mellers and Dyllan Thompson. Nash also
had an opportunity to compete for an Australian
schools team against New Zealand.
The Primary School Friday Sport grand finals
were held in Term 3. It was three wins from three
grand finals for the RGS netball teams, with
premierships for the Senior A, Senior C and
Junior A teams. The 6C rugby league team also
had a win while the 5C’s were runners-up. At
the tennis, RGS won A and D grades and were
runners-up in B and C grade divisions.
RGS Rowers in
The RGS Rowing 2019 season has wrapped up in style
with the School collecting 14 medals at the Queensland
Schools Rowing Championships at Lake Wyaralong in
Striking gold in her last outing for RGS was
Year 12 student Grace Sypher, winning the
Open Girls Single Scull. Sister Laura Sypher
won the Year 10 Girls Single Scull.
Also crossing the line first was the Year 10
Boys Double of Marshall Leeson and Riley
RGS won three gold, seven silver and four
bronze medals racing against rowers from
Silver medallists were the Open Boys Eight;
Bradley Burr and Nicholas Storey in the Open
Boys Pair Final; Year 9’s Chad Willett in the
Year 9 Boys Single Scull; Year 11 Pair Nicholas
Storey and Reece Byrne; the Open Girls Quad
Scull; the Year 11 Boys Four and the Year 8 Boys
Bronze medallists were the Year 10 Four;
Lee Mauger and Liam Germann in the Year
8 Double Scull; the Open Boys Quad and the
Open Girls Double combination of Grace Sypher
and Keeley Dunne.
RGS Head Rowing Coach Mr John Smyth
said this was the most medals an RGS team has
achieved at the Queensland Schools Rowing
“ The State Championships was special as
medals were brought home in every age group
in some very competitive fields,’’ Mr Smyth said.
“It demonstrates the depth in our rowing
programme and that our coaches and rowers
are moving in the right direction.”
Mr Smyth said the School’s parents, once
again, played a major role in the success of the
“The team behind the team is as strong
as ever with massive catering and logistical
efforts for the State Championships at Lake
Wyaralong,’’ Mr Smyth said.
The State Championships wrapped up a big
year of rowing for RGS.
“We started the season in January with
a positive camp and the Queensland Club
Championships,’’ Mr Smyth said.
“This led to the most medals RGS has
achieved at a national championship - six
medals in total including one gold, two silver
and three bronze.
“The rowers followed that up with great
results at regional regattas and finished the
season at the Queensland Schools Rowing
Mr Smyth said another highlight this year
was the introduction of a full Year 7 rowing
“The Year 7’s certainly brought some
enthusiasm to the shed and that sort of energy
is contagious,’’ Mr Smyth said.
Cooper McInnerney (Year 7) won a bronze
medal in the 12years boys 100m sprint
and gold in the 12 years boys 4x100m relay
at the Australian Schools Track and Field
Championships in Darwin. Sophie Wright ( Ye ar
5) contested the 1500m and 800m events.
Sophie placed 12th in her 1500m event and 5th
in her 800m heat.
In other athletics news, RGS continued its
hot run in Rockhampton District Secondary
Schools Athletics winning the district title for
a 16th consecutive year. RGS Primary placed
second overall at Rockhampton District with the
girls winning the “A” Schools Girls Shield.
It was a big term of sporting success for both
Cooper and Sophie. Cooper also represented
the Queensland White 12 years and under
rugby league team at nationals while Sophie
also represented Queensland in cross country,
placing 17th overall and winning a bronze medal
with the Queensland relay team.
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