The Glasshouse District 9-12 years Athletics Championships were held at Skippy Park last week and our athletes showed off their athletic ability as well as fantastic team spirit.
Nicole Morris and Jaiden Ward won the 12 Year Age Champion titles and 11 Year olds Lily Breen, Jared Moss and Jacob McGilvray were all Runners Up in their age group.
The sun shone down on the glorious winter’s days which were perfect for athletics. Nicole Morris and Jaiden Ward began our carnival well when they both won their 200m races with Breeanna Aldridge finishing second with Max Cashin, and Ashton van Straten finishing third earning valuable points. The shotput and high jump events were held on Day One and discus and long jump on Day Two. Amali Grieve and Nicole Morris showed their strength and technique to win their shot-put events with Indiah Loveday placing third.
Hunter Smith used his gymnastics ability and high jump technique to propel himself over the high jump bar to secure second place in the 10 boys high jump clearing 1.19m which was a new personal best. Lily Breen and Islah-Lyleigh Dwyer both jumped well to finish third in high jump.
Several students gained placings in shotput with Nicole Morris winning the 12 girls shot with Indiah Loveday and Mac King in second place. Amali Grieve and Thomas Bound both threw well to finish third in their age groups.
New to the program this year was the 1500m races which our longer distance runners were keen to run. Lily Breen, Jared Moss and Ryan Hall all ran very strongly having tough battles with opponents at the front of their races. Jared and Lily both finished 2nd and Ryan finished 3rd with them all running great races. Our other runners also ran well setting new personal best times and finishing in the middle of the field.
On day two the 800m and 100m were the feature races on the track. Both Lily and Jared were not happy in second place so were determined to win their 800m races. They both got to the front early and led for the whole race impressively holding off challengers in the final 100m to win. Jared’s time of 2.33 was particularly quick and both of these students will now race this event at the Sunshine Coast Regional Carnival.
Jake McGilvray and Jaiden Ward jumped very well to win the 10 Boys and 12 Boys Long jump overcoming strong opposition. Jaymes Roser and Matt Fielding were very strong in the 11 Boys competition finishing second and third respectively. Nicole Morris also jumped well to gain third place.
The 100m heats and finals were run one after the other and GCC had many students progress through to the finals. Jaiden Ward again showed his class to easily win the 12 Boys race – his height certainly helped! Jesse Drews and Max Cashin also ran fantastic finals to become 11 year 100m champions. Jaymes Roser placed second and Nicole Morris placed third in their 12 Year races.
In the field events, Hannah Gassner out threw the 10 year old girls to win her discus competition. Jake McGilvray and Macauly King showed that excellent technique with both Jake and Mac finishing second in the 10 and 12 Boys competition respectively. The 12 year girls dominated the field showing fantastic technique and strength. Nicole Morris placed first, Indiah Loveday and Olivia McKenzie both tied in second place.
The carnival finished with 100m Shuttle Relays. GCC earned just two placings in this event which were first place, won by the 12 Year girls team and third, won by 11 Year girls.
It was exciting to see the whole GCC team supporting each other by cheering on the sideline and also going to field events to watch and encourage their team mates. The nine year old competitors gained much experience from this competition and will be all the more confident next year when they will be eligible for District selection as ten year olds.
When the points were tallied GCC finished in second place behind St Michaels, just 20 points behind them, which was a great effort. Everyone did their very best and were valuable members of our team. It was fantastic to have so many parents and family members at the Carnival cheering our team on. We do appreciate your commitment to our school knowing that many made work changes so you could be there supporting us.
Wendy Stott, Primary HPE