Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

St Mary's in Cycle of Success; College Awardcaps Diversityof Excellence

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

St Mary's in Cycle of Success; College Awardcaps Diversityof Excellence

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Honour board

Among leading performers at St Mary's College this year have been athletes Hayley and Erin Wright and Breeanna Betzold, swimmers Elly Burling and Britney Summerville, state hockey representative Abby Eleison, squash player Lauren Stieler, cricketer Gillian Chalmers and Olivia Meares (AFL).

Futsal quartet Claire Peucker, Sarah Birrer, Caitlin Knight and Dana Evans have also impressed.

Tamzin Christoffel is in Canada for the World Junior Taekwondo Championships.

Jordan Harton officiated in basketball.



ST Mary's College has exceeded sporting expectations over the past three years, capped by a major state honour.

In a memorable year where College staff and students shared in the success of Olympic swimmer Leah Neale, St Mary's continues to be recognised for its supportive sporting program.

At the recent Australian Council for Health and Physical Education and Recreation's Women in Sport breakfast, St Mary's was named the top school in Queensland, for the highest number of students being recognised for sports excellence.

The honour, announced at the Brisbane Convention Centre, is one College Sport Leader Glenn Carpenter is proud of.

"What's going on at the College is fabulous,'' Carpenter said.

"It started in my first year about where we wanted to go and what we wanted to achieve.

"Now, probably at the end of the first three year cycle, we've pretty much reached all the goals and achieved everything we wanted to achieve in the first year.''

He said the future focus was making it sustainable and even better.

"If anything, the next three years are looking more exciting than the last three,'' Carpenter said.

Over the past three years, St Mary's had three national and 15 state representatives, along with 70 students representing Metropolitan West teams.

"The girls that received these prestigious awards came from many different sporting arenas, including hockey, athletics, basketball, cricket, swimming, AFL, squash and taekwondo,'' Carpenter said.

He said developing an Elite Performers Policy complemented St Mary's "holistic'' education approach. …

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