Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Teacher Loves Inspiring Students to Get Active; Michelle Tappin Feels Satisfied When She Sees Ex-Students Playing Sport or Going to the Gym, Knowing She Had a Hand in Inspiring Them

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Teacher Loves Inspiring Students to Get Active; Michelle Tappin Feels Satisfied When She Sees Ex-Students Playing Sport or Going to the Gym, Knowing She Had a Hand in Inspiring Them

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Q. What is your role at St Patrick's College?

A. I am the sports co-ordinator as well as teaching seven different PE classes ranging from Year 8 to Year 12.

Q. For how long have you been a PE teacher?

A. This is my 23rd year of teaching.

I've been at schools in Ayr, Hervey Bay, Blackwater and Gympie throughout that time.

Q. Who was it that inspired you to teach sports?

A. It was actually my PE teacher in senior at Noosa High.

I was heavily involved in athletics and cross country running as a schoolgirl.

Before my teacher inspired me to make a career of sport and education, I had my heart set on being a vet.

Q. Is sports a family affair?

A. Definitely. Sport consumes the Tappin household completely.

Every afternoon or evening there is some sport on for us.

My hubby and I still play touch football together, my teenage boy is involved in hockey, touch, basketball and races his motorbike while my daughter plays hockey and touch.

Q. What areas of local sport are you a part of?

A. Other than my heavy involvement in school sport teams and carnivals, I have been involved in Gympie Touch over the past 11 years of living in Gympie.

I was in the committee as administrator for many years and involved myself heavily with the running of senior touch. I did a lot of refereeing in that time as well as playing local and representative touch.

I then moved into junior touch and successfully ran that competition for three years.

I have helped out at hockey, whether it be at carnivals, the canteen or managing as much as possible.

However my expertise is limited when it comes to coaching that.

Q. It sounds like you are flat out. How do you fit it all in a you'd have to love what you do to be so involved.

A. Yes very flat out and I realised a year or two ago I could not keep doing everything as well as working and being a mum/wife so I did have to resign from the touch committee, which enabled new keen people to come forward. I love giving students the opportunity to have a go at sport and make sport and fitness a part of their everyday life.

I also love to be competing and training myself.

Q. Is there something special about sports in Gympie?

A. For such a small town we really do have a lot on offer.

The facilities are excellent when you look at the hockey fields, One Mile oval area and Albert Park/touch fields.

It are people in this town that give so much to their sporting associations, most of the time voluntarily, that makes our town fortunate.

There are some dedicated people in Gympie that give so much to the development of juniors throughout many sportsa it is commendable.

Q. What about St Pats, what sporting strengths are present at the school?

A. Our girls' soccer team has just had great success in a statewide competition, a result of years of commitment from the soccer coaches here. …

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