Mountain Bike National All Schools competition this weekend:
The National Schools Mountain bike competition will be taking place this weekend on the Gold Coast. A group of dedicated GCC mountain bikers have been training for this event for many months now. We wish them all the best this weekend as they compete against some of the best riders in the country.
Please see the event website page in the link below for the most updated information:
Information and clarification on the event specifics:
1. Athletes and support are welcome to arrive on site an hour before Course Practice is open – (i.e. 9am Friday, 7:30am Saturday & Sunday). The GCC Team tents will be set up from 9am Friday. Information on where to park is on the website page under ‘MTB Schools Event – Village Map.
2. You can also find the map of the courses under ‘MTB Schools Event – Course Maps.
3. Saturday’s program has been changed from the format of “Gravity Enduro” to “XC Enduro” given the nature of the courses and the allowance of open face/ half shell helmets. MTBA reserve the right to alter proposed stages subject to officials advice post track walk/inspections, as per normal. An update of this wording will be made on the schedule which you can also find on the website page.
We highly recommend checking the schedule the day before each race day for changes in race times/formats.
4. We recommend bringing enough water, food and sunscreen for the day – however, there will be a food van on site for those interested.
The events taking place over the weekend are as follows:
GCC Secondary Athletics Carnival; Final results
All events are now complete. Congratulations Sinai!
Sinai – 1780
Zion – 1752
Ararat – 1153
District Athletics Carnival
The district athletics carnival will be taking place on 15 and 16 August at the SC University track. Students that have qualified to compete in this event have been notified by email. GCC will run one bus on Thursday 15 August departing school at 1pm. This bus will return to school by 7pm. On Friday 16 August, two buses will depart from school in the morning at 7:15am for the early events. The second bus will depart from school at 8:30am. One bus will return students to school in time for normal after school arrangements at 2:55pm.
There are now consent forms required to be filled in and returned to the school for students competing in the High jump, Discus and Javelin. These were emailed out on Tuesday 1 August. Please complete and return to the PE office or scan and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Students will not be able to compete on the day if we do not have this paperwork signed and returned.
Regional Athletics Carnival
For those that qualify at the District Athletics Carnival, the regional event will be taking place on Thursday the 29 August and Friday 30 August.
Sunshine Coast Secondary schools basketball
This competition has been taking place on Friday nights this term. We have seven teams competing. Training for boys will be taking place on Mondays from 3 to 4 pm. Training for the girls will take place on Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm.
Junior Girls lost to Sienna
Junior Boys lost to Mountain Creek 34-68
Intermediate Boys A team lost to Sienna 16-34
Intermediate Boys B team lost to Matthew Flinders 12-49
Senior Girls lost to Matthew Flinders 3-10
Junior Girls lost to St Johns
Intermediate Boys B won v St Andrews 33-12
Intermediate Girls lost to Sienna 4-24.
Senior Boys won v Sienna 31-15.
Senior Girls lost to Grammar 13-20.
By Russell Modlin
Term 3 – SCISSA Touch Football
Cassidy Scores again movie
Round 1 Results:
Junior Girls A – Defeated by Matthew Flinders 0-9. Best Lily Breen.
Junior Boys A – Defeated by Immanuel Lutheran College 3-5. Best Jaiden Ward.
Intermediate Girls A – Bye
Intermediate Boys A – Bye
Intermediate Boys B – Bye
Senior Girls A – Defeated by St Andrew’s Anglican College 1-8. Best Cassidy Ferris.
Senior Boys A – Defeated by Good Shepherd 0-8. Best Zac Hall.
Round 2 Results:
Junior Girls A – GCC had to forfeit due to year 7 camp
Junior Boys A – Defeated by Grammar 2-8. Best Cody Hall.
Intermediate Girls A – Defeated Grammar 7-2. Best Maddison Newsome.
Intermediate Boys A – Defeated Suncoast CC 9-0. Best Riley McMillan.
Intermediate Boys B – Defeated by Grammar 4-12. Best Mitchell Tidy.
Senior Girls A – Defeated Grammar 5-4. Best Cassidy Ferris.
Senior Boys A – Defeated by Grammar 3-5. Best Aiden McKellar
Sunshine Coast Touch Football All Schools
This year was the second year GCC has participated in the Sunshine Coast All Schools Touch competition. GCC entered an Open Boys team and a U15 girls team into the competition. The U15 girls were made up of mainly Year 9 girls with the exception of Lily Breen who is only in year 7! Although the girls had three losses and one win, their losses were only by either one or a couple, which was very impressive. These games could have gone either way and they played extremely well considering they just got back from a five-day hiking camp.
The Open boy’s team were fielding a very young side with only two Year 12s. This will be exciting to see how they compete in the future. Unfortunately, the boys didn’t come away with a victory, but they improved as the day went on and finished their last game 4-4. I look forward to these teams playing in the SCISSA touch competition this term and hopefully, the girls can back it up with another SCISSA title!
Glasshouse Country Bowls Club Schools Challenge Cup.
Glasshouse bowls will be running a schools tournament to take place on Fridays after school in Term 4. If you would like to nominate to play, please complete the nomination form by clicking on this link. Players from Beerwah SHS and Maleny SHS will also be involved in this tournament.
- 3 bowl pairs – 2 games of 7 ends.
- The GCC team will consist of 14 players.
- Term 4 competition takes place on Fridays from 6pm; 6 and 13 September and 11, 18 and 25 October.
- Prizes: A perpetual trophy to be retained by the winning school for the next 12 months. Weekly prizes: The winners and runners up get $10 each plus two draws from the remainder of cards, plus two spider prizes each night.
- Cost: $10 per player which includes a sausage sizzle.
- Transport to and from this event will be the responsibility of the player.
Last year was wonderful and we are looking to continue this event for the benefit of the many Equestrian riders and families within schools. This unofficial event has an emphasis on participation and skill development. The aim of the event is to give students training opportunities, experience and exposure at events and of course some friendly competition between schools. There are a number of classes available, see the attached program for more details.
If you would like to enter – you can do so online via https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=516748&
Entries are open today and places are likely to fill up quickly and will close on 5pm on 29 July or before, if we reach capacity.
If you would like more information or if you have any questions please contact myself (teacher in charge of St Andrew’s Equestrian): email@example.com
Thanks for your wonderful support and we look forward to a great day of Show Jumping.
Holly Lubcke represents Australia in South Africa
Upon return from her recent international competition in South Africa we have asked Holly to put together a report of her experiences for our school newsletter. Thanks to Holly for this contribution.
I was lucky enough to be one of the 20 Australian’s to take part in MTBA’s ‘High Performance Race Campaign’. As a team representing Australia, we all travelled and stayed together in Pietermaritzburg, SA.
We had two days of back to back XCO (Cross Country Olympic) racing. XCO is a discipline of Mountain biking in which involves race laps (usually 5km) over various terrain- climbing, flat and downhill, technical features with A and B lines, single track and open fire roads. I raced in the u19/ junior women category as a ‘bottom year’ (youngest age in this category) in which we completed four laps both races (roughly 1 hour and 20 min of racing.) The course was one of the most technical and daunting I have ridden so far- very steep climbs that were almost impossible to make up with three loose and jagged rock gardens . I loved it!
1. UCI Junior World Series (Class 1 race- international with high UCI point awarding)
Racing for the first time internationally, I had no idea what to expect. Never would I have thought I would finish in 3rd place! I was sitting in 5th position for almost the entire race with 2nd, 3rd and 4th in sight just ahead. On the final lap I gave everything I had and overtook 3rd and 4th to finish on the podium. This is my proudest result yet!
2. Round 8 of the SA National Series (Class 2 race: national with lower UCI point awarding)
Unfortunately, I couldn’t back up for day two of racing after spending myself the day before. I am still really happy to finish in the top 10 in 7th place! This race was super tough and it was so cool to see that all of the Australian Junior Women finished in the top 10. Our Junior Women Aus Champ won both days of racing which was just amazing!
Based on my UCI points, I am now ranked 38th in the world for Junior Women and 11th for 17-year-olds. These points also qualify me for the 2019 World Championships held in Canada in August.
Outside of racing for the first time internationally, the highlight of my trip was going on a safari at the Karkloof Safari Lodge. For only 80 rands each (about 8 AUD), we were free to explore over 3000 hectares of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for the entire day! Although our hire van wasn’t very suited for offroad, we managed to find a hippo, zebras, wildebeest, springbock, ostriches, warthogs, monkeys, rare white rhinos, and my favourite- giraffes! This was an experience I will never forget!!
Matthew Beattie, HOD PE and Sport