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Here are just some of RGS Students’
achievements in their fields of choice:
Natalie Schuster (Year 10) has
been selected in the Queensland Little
Athletics 14 to 16 Years team that will
tour New Zealand in January 2013.
Grace McDonald (Year 9) has
qualified for the International Cup
for Baton Twirling which will be held
in the Netherlands in 2013.
Samantha Thomasson (Year 9) has
been selected in the 2012-13 State BMX
Team that will compete on the Gold Coast,
Perth, Canberra and Brisbane in 2013.
Harry Fordyce, Blake Augustine and
Lachlan Knuth (all Year 9) have been
selected in the Capricornia 14 Years Cricket
team that will compete at the Queensland
Schools Championships in December.
Reid Newell (Year 8) attended the
National Junior Cycling Track Series where
he placed 4th in the final of the Cyclone
Sprint and 5th in the Keirin final. He also
competed in Round Two of the National
Junior Track Cycling Series, coming home
in 1st place for the Scratch Race. Reid
is now in the top six for his age group
and has been selected in the Cycling
Queensland Junior Development Squad.
After an outstanding performance at the Sports
Aerobics National Championships, (front)
Courtney Richardson, Kate McAuley, Marnie
Hungerford, (back) Dimity Reid, Ashleigh
Mitchell, Lucy Reid, Jessica O’Brien and Paris
Doyle received Honour Colours at Formal Assembly.
Rowers weather tough conditions
42 rowers from RGS competed at the Queensland Schools Rowing Championships in
Bundaberg at Bucca Weir. A gruelling three day event with extreme heat and windy
conditions, our rowers performed admirably against the best schools in the State. On
Saturday 22 September, the Rockhampton Regional U16 Girls Coxed Quad Scull, consisting
of Grammar rowers, won a silver medal in the Queensland Inter-Regional Championship. This
crew included Georgia Saunders, Lucy Blair, Imogen Storey, Isobel Chisholm and
Kaela Berry. The following day, Callum Chisholm raced to a silver medal in his Single
Scull and then teamed up with Riley Polkinghorne in the Double Scull (above) on Sunday,
where they courageously clawed their way back to win a bronze medal in the last 50 metres
of the race. Our rowers provided plent y to cheer for as they were part of a number of exciting
finishes. In addition to podium performances, RGS came away with five very close four th
place finishes and demonstrated plent y of promise for 2013 and beyond.
The School was represented at the National
Equestrian Championships, with Ashlee Upton
(Year 12), Alexandra Barlow (Year 11)
and Georgia Hunt (Year 7) all competing for
Queensland. Ashlee received a 3rd, 4th and 2
x 5th; Georgia received 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th;
and Alexandra placed 8th overall.
RGS sent three teams to the annual All Schools
Touch Competition at Whites Hill Reserve in
Brisbane, with more than 3,500 students
competing over four days.
Our Under 13 Mixed side found the competition
difficult and although they were competitive,
they didn’t manage to win a game, however
learnt a lot from experience.
The Under 15 Girls played some very good
touch, but unfortunately lost two of their seven
pool games which meant they did not proceed
to the final 16 as they came third in their pool.
The 15 Years Boys All Schools touch side made
the top four in the State on the weekend. The
boys narrowly missed a spot in the grand final,
going down to Ignatius Park in the semi-final by
one try. This is the best performance by an RGS
touch football team in this competition to date.
The Grammarians Rowing Club is
grateful for the suppor t of the Grammar
community for a very successful Art
Union. The winning ticket was drawn
at the Rowing Club Presentation Night
on 27 October. Congratulations to
Paul and Wendy Pownall, parents
of Jessica (Year 8), for winning the
Spencer Harding (Year 12) tests
his physical limits at rowing training,
impressively managing a handstand.
Olympic hopeful Sheridan Spark
(Year 11) competed at the Chandler
Velodrome in Brisbane, coming away
with 3 gold and 2 silver medals:
Gold U19 & Elite combined Points Race
U19 & Elite combined Keirin
U19 2000m Individual Pursuit
Silver U19 & Combined Scratch Race
U19 Sprint Race
“Definitely, one of the highlights of the
event was having Anna Meares hold my
seat post for the start of the Keirin, watch
me win that particular race, (one I have
never done before), and then present
the Gold medal to me.” Sheridan, who
had a knee reconstruction just over 12
months ago, has been considered for
selection in the Queensland team to attend
the Nationals at the end of January.
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