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Junior Thrower medals at Australian Championships
Although only 10 years old, junior thrower Bella McLoughlin is already making her mark in the throwing arena. Coached by Australia’s 2013 Junior Coach of the Year and Head Throws Coach Grahame Pitt, the Year Five student returned from the Australian Primary National Championships in Brisbane with two personal bests, a top 8 finish in Shot and a Bronze medal in the 10 years Discus. Pitt describes Bella as “technically, one of the best junior throwers he has coached” which is high praise considering he has worked with throwers at Olympic and World Championship level.
Focusing on the long term development of Bella’s throwing, Pitt is confident she is heading in the right direction with the emphasis on skill development and basics with strength and power to develop as she gets older. Throwing success is not foreign to the McLoughlin family with Bella’s older brother Connor recently breaking World Junior Gold Medalist Matt Denny’s Queensland Record. Bella’s success comes on top of the 2 silver medals won at the 2013 State Primary Schools Championships.
Two Fairholme Touch Teams play in Grand Final at the Queensland All Schools Touch Football Championships – the world’s largest Touch Football event
Fairholme College entered four teams in the Queensland All Schools at Whites Hill recently, with great success. The Junior 1 15yrs team progressed to the Grand Final, only to be defeated 5-2 by Cavendish Road SHS; the Open team also progressed to the grand final and were defeated 6-4 by Emmaus College; the Senior 2 and Junior 2 teams also played very well and were unlucky to miss out on finals.
What and outstanding achievement for the Grand Finalists - Fairholme College was the only girls' school to have two teams play off in the Grand Finals. Thanks to coaches, Mr Craig Collins, Mrs Brenda Rackemann, Mrs Jenny Webster and Ms Stacey Byrnes.
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Congratulations to the Fairholme College Athletics Team on bringing home silver medals in three divisions contested
Late last week Fairholme sent three teams to the Southern Queensland Knockout Athletics final at the State Athletic Facility in Brisbane. During recent warm conditions, Fairholme College entered three teams to the Southern Queensland Knockout Athletics final at the State Athletic Facility in Brisbane.
In the three divisions contested, Fairholme came away with three silver medals - beaten only by Moreton Bay College in the Seniors and Juniors, and Brisbane SHS in the Intermediate, with scores in the Intermediate & Junior competitions being extremely close.
There were some fantastic individual efforts in these competitions with many PBs, as well as great team efforts and school Spirit on display in the relays.
All three teams have now qualified for the National Final in Townsville in December. Fairholme and Nudgee College were the only two schools in Southern Queensland to automatically qualify all three teams. This reflects a determined effort by the girls who were ably supported by our Head Coach, John Sessarago, and his skilled, dedicated team of coaches.
Fairholme Teams victorious during Vicki Wilson Netball Tournament
Both the Junior and Senior Vicki Wilson teams have made their mark on the Netball court this season. Our Senior Vicki Wilson girls, under the expert coaching of Mrs Sasha McAllister have advanced to the Queensland Titles to be held in Brisbane in October.
Their Junior counterparts, coached by Mrs Cindy Hughes, were undefeated in the regional carnival held on September 15. Congratulations to players, coaches and their ever-supportive parents.
Fairholme athletes blitz the field to become Toowoomba Secondary Schools Athletics Champions for the 21st consecutive year!
Records fell as Fairholme College continued one of the longest unbroken winning runs in Queensland school sport. The cheers from the Fairholme Track and Field team were loud and strong as they took out the TSSS Athletics Championships for the 21st consecutive year.
Fairholme team members were named Age Champion in 4 out of the 6 age groups and for the second year in a row, Jessie Harper (Year 11) was the runner up for the Owen Janetski trophy (for highest points scorer across all age groups). 7 records were broken by the following athletes
|Georgia Heath||Girls 13 Y&U Hurdles 13.27s|
|Ellie Bowyer||Girls 13 Y&U Javelin 43.76m|
|Jess Harper||Girls 19 Y&U Hurdles (76cm) 16.56s (new height)|
|Katie Lowe||Girls 15 Y&U Javelin 37.30m|
|Sam Lenton||Girls 14 Y&U Discus 41.85
Girls 14 Y&U Shot Put 14.05m
|Mackenzie Andrews||Girls 16 Y&U 1500m 5:03.9|
Congratulations to Fairholme coaches and Sports staff and to the athletes who supported one another so positively.
The Queensland Under 17 Girls Indoor Cricket Team were victorious at the recent Nationals in Sydney with Georgia Hendy (Year 10) assisting at the helm as Vice-Captain.
Congratulations to Georgia who played in the Queensland Under 17 Girls Indoor Cricket Team as Vice-Captain when competing at Nationals in Liverpool, Sydney recently.
There were 5 five other teams in competition: Victoria x 2 teams, NSW, NSW Country and South Australia.
The girls batted and fielded incredibly well and played against NSW Country in the Grand final with a score of 129/61. Georgia's team were crowned the Under 17’s Girls Champions and four of their players (including Georgia) were selected in the Australian All-stars team.
Fairholme Javelin throwers establish ‘best marks’ at recent competition
Javelin throwers Ellie Bowyer (Year 8) and Katie Lowe (Year 10) are continuing Fairholme’s lengthy tradition of producing top class javelin throwers with both athletes recently producing exceptional results. Best performances, kept since the College first opened to enrolments, recognises the leading performances in the sports of Athletics and Swimming.
Katie established the longest throw with a 500 gram javelin at the 2012 Secondary Queensland Championships, throwing a distance of 36.57 metres. Ellie, a national medallist across a number of events in Perth recently, threw the 400 gram javelin at Sunday’s Queensland Athletics Interclub establishing a best mark of 47.11 metres. This throw also bettered Mia Cunnigham’s existing Queensland Age Record by over 4 and half metres.
Athletics Australia introduced the new weight of 500 grams in 2011, replacing the 600 gram javelin thrown previously by schoolgirls aged 14 years and older. The girl’s success follows on from previous Fairholme javelin throwers including Australian record holder Stephanie Hancock and Australian representative Alicia Utschink.
Both girls are members of the College’s throws program under the guidance of Head Throws Coach Grahame Pitt who will travel to the World Youth Championships to guide squad member and elite junior thrower Matt Denny.
On Thursday 9 May, 47 girls from Fairholme participated in the Andrews Cup Cross Country competition in Ipswich. Fairholme improved by one position in the percentage trophy coming 3rd and, as in 2012, we finished 8th overall. Congratulations to C Randall and S Walker who were 1st and 3rd respectively in the 9 years division.
The following girls all finished in the top 20 runners in their age group: C Randall (1), S Walker (3), M Craig (18) and B Suey (9), A Schooley (9) and E Dann (16).
Congratulations to all the girls for the excellent way in which they conducted themselves throughout the day and for the wonderful spirit in which they participated and enjoyed their run.
Undefeated U14 Champions at the South West Queensland School Futsal Titles
Congratulations to the Fairholme U14 Futsal team on their success at “Australian Futsal Association - South West Queensland Schools Futsal Titles”, held on 29 May 2013. The team made history by becoming the first Fairholme futsal team (since 1908) to win a futsal title at regional level.
This achievement is exceptional as the girls competed against some highly skilled teams from other schools with the original intention of the team attending the tournament to gain experience and simply enjoy the day.
Team members: Connie Bassingthwaighte, Ellie Bowyer, Emma Chuc, Briana Dascombe, Jamie jones, Bridget Madigan, Isabella Meiklejohn, Mikayla Mullins, Kobey Warren, Mr Nugent (coach) and Mr Chuc (coach)
|Fairholme vs St Ursula’s White||8-0|
|Fairholme vs Ipswich SHS Red||4-2|
|Fairholme vs The Glennie School||3-1|
|Fairholme vs St Ursula’s Green||6-1||(Quarter Final)|
|Fairholme vs St Joseph’s Stanthorpe||4-1||(Semi Final)|
|Fairholme vs Downlands College||4-2||(Grand Final)|
A special thank you to Mr Nugent for his coaching and team management to provide positive, life long memories for the girls.
Congratulations to Year 12 cricket sensation Alice Smith, who will join girls from Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland to tour Sri Lanka via Malaysia from the 30 June – 12 July 2013.
The Young Cricketers Development and International Experience Program will include a Triangular Series between teams from Australia, Sri Lanka and India; the highlight of the tour will without a doubt, be playing against and training with the Sri Lankan ‘A’ Women’s side.
Throughout the trip the girls will experience playing as an international travelling team and get to experience some of Sri Lanka’s top ranked ovals including their main Stadium in Colombo.
What an opportunity for girls of this age to experience travelling and playing cricket as an International team and to help develop women’s cricket. Alice says she is honoured to be gaining a lifetime experience within her chosen sport and representing a team from my country against other countries around the world. We look forward to Alice sharing her experiences with us on her return.
Few swimmers could wish for a better start to the season than Fairholme student Julia Algie. Following her outstanding success at the Queensland Secondary School Championships, where she set 7 State Championship records in the Multi Disability Class, Julia has been selected to represent Australia at the Deaflympics in Sofia (Hungary).
She will join over 4000 athletes from more than 70 nations at what is the second oldest multiple sports games outside of the Summer Olympics.
First held in 1924, the Deaflympics provides elite sporting opportunities for hearing impaired and deaf athletes and is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee. Deaf athletes are excluded from the Paralympics due to their inability to hear starting commands.
The 2013 Deaflympics, the 22nd instalment of this long running event, will commence on the 26th July and conclude on the 4th August. Just like the Olympic Games, the event is held every 4 years with 16 sports contested in Bulgaria
Fairholme Flames ‘bring home’ the TSSS ‘A’ Schools Swimming Cup for the 12th consecutive year.
Congratulations to our swimmers, supporters and coaches involved in Toowoomba Secondary Schools Swimming held recently. Despite the gloomy weather, Captain Ailsa Houston lead the 2013 TSSS A Team to victory for yet another year. The girls demonstrated commitment, determination and our trademark spirit throughout the day. Results in each age group were as follows:
13 & Under: 3rd
14 & Under: 1st
15 & Under: 1st
16 & Under: 1st
19 & Under: 1st
Overall Aggregate: 1st
As always the support and boost the swimmers receive from the entire College community contributes significantly to their performances, as do the sterling efforts of our coaching staff: Dave Negus – Junior Coach; Megan Glynn - Assistant Coach; Wendy Collins - Youth FLAMES Coach and Clare Cattanach - Youth Club Coach.
Gold for Fairholme Girls competing at the Queensland Junior Athletics Championships
A number of outstanding results were recorded by athletes at the recent Queensland Junior Track & Field Championships with Year 8 athlete Ellie Bower scoring a rare triple in the field. The outstanding young thrower won Gold in all three throwing events (SP, DT and JT), recording some impressive distances along the way.
Sam Lenton, competing against athletes a year older than her, secured the Gold medal in both Discus and Shot while Emma Elsden won Gold in Hammer and a Bronze medal in Shot. Emma has returned to Fairholme as a member of the throws coaching panel after completing her schooling in 2012.
Sprints coach Lauren Murry also experienced success on the track with Silver and a PB in the 400m H. Talented distance runner Mackenzie Andrews won Gold in the 800m and finished just outside the medals in the 1500m.
Athletics Captains Meg Pegler and Jess Harper also competed at the 3 day Championships with Meg claiming a Bronze medal in the Shot. Jess finished second in her heat of the 400m but unfortunately had to withdraw from the final with a minor back strain. Younger sister Sophia also contested the 400m, finishing 5th in her heat.
Head Throws Coach Graham Pitt once again had an outstanding Championships with his throwers producing 13 Gold medals from a total of 16 Championship placings.
The Fairholme team at the annual Sacre Coeur Tennis Tournament
We participated in the annual Sacre Coeur Tennis tournament in Brisbane this weekend:
Twenty-two girls accompanied by coaches Gavin Wright & Bri Tilley headed to Brisbane last weekend to compete in the annual Sacre Coeur Tennis Tournament. The tournament involves Fairholme, Downlands, Stuartholme & Clayfield. Stuartholme hosted the tournament this year & we thank them for their hospitality.
We defeated Downlands & were defeated by Stuartholme & Clayfield. Our Year 9 & Open A Teams were runners-up. Overall we finished third. Many thanks to the girls who gave up their weekend to play in this tournament. They were: Emm Bambling (C), Jasmyn Bryant-Kennedy, Sophie Rae, Amie Southern, Kate Gallagher, Rachel Young, Josie Bambling, Fiona Elder, Ruby Elliott, Emma Lahey, Tayla Gill, Belinda McLean, Meg Pegler, Rosie Statham, Anna Elder, Leilani Jago, Abby Brown, Grace Gallagher, Chloe Ainscow, Eliza Wilson, Brooke Bassingthwaighte & Lauren Bougoure. There is more interschool tennis in Term 4 when we play in the Knowles Cup.
The Medley Relay Team
The 2012 Athletics Australia Schools Knockout Championships, held in Launceston Tasmania, saw teams of athletes from throughout Australia contest a one day finals format across a range of events.
This was Fairholme’s 17th National Championships and the College is one of only a handful of schools in the country who have been involved in Knockout Athletics since it began in the early 1990s. With 13 Championship wins at this level, it is the most successful girl’s school in the history of this competition.
While all three of Fairholme’s teams were accepted into the Australian final, it was the Junior and Intermediate teams that headed south to compete. While the juniors finished just outside the top 10 places, the intermediate team finished strongly to secure the bronze medal.
The intermediate team were represented by Dom Du Toit, Jessie Harper, Eliza Perkins, Sam Lenton, Mackenzie Andrews, Ali Doyle, Alice Rathie and Katie Lowe while the Juniors consisted of Sophia Harper, Shanen Layden, Alice Mason, Sarah Flynn, Georgette Robinson and Nat Webster.
Prior to the National Final, Fairholme athletes Ali Doyle, Emma Elsden, Sam Lenton, Sarah Flynn and Shanen Layden competed for Queensland in the Australian Schools Championships in Hobart. All five athletes produced strong results with Sam winning Gold in the 13yrs Shot final and Emma securing a Bronze medal.
Fairholme’s Head Throws Coach Graeme Pitt, recently named as an Australian Youth Olympics Team Coach for 2013, worked with the Queensland Team in Hobart and his throws squad achieved outstanding results. Thrower Matt Denny (TGS) achieved a number of World Youth Qualifiers and was the star of the meet.
Congratulations must also go to the Toowoomba Grammar Team who won their respective division at Knockout. A number of coaches work between the two schools to develop the sport of Track & Field and it a credit to both teams and the coaching staff that they have achieved such outstanding results.
Eight Fairholme cricketers help take out the U15 Qld Championships as Darling Downs team members, with Eliza Flynn, Emily Littleproud and Georgia Hendy named in the Queensland team.
Toowoomba played host to the recent Queensland School Sport U15 Girls Cricket Championships with the Darling Downs Team keen to defend last year’s crown. Six teams representing regions from throughout the State gathered at the Toowoomba Grammar fields for three days of matches with Fairholme providing the bulk of the Darling Downs Team.
From the team of twelve players, Fairholme provided eight regional representatives with a number of the girls past regional and Queensland representatives. The girls played outstanding cricket throughout the tournament and were undefeated in all their matches. The following Fairholme cricketers were part of the Darling Downs team: Emily Lowe, Georgia Hendy, Katie Lowe, Lucy Grigg, Sarah Flynn, Eliza Flynn, Emily Littleproud and Taylah Schutt.
Unfortunately, team captain and dual State representative Kristen Currie suffered a knee injury prior to the championships and was ruled unfit. Following the tournament, Eliza Flynn, Emily Littleproud and Georgia Hendy were named in the Queensland Team that will contest the Australian Championships in Sydney later this year.
Fairholme girls take out Intermediate Queensland Junior Schools Cup for 2012.
What a win it was for Fairholme Volleyballers when they took on teams in Division three of the Intermediate Girls section of the Volleyball Queensland Junior Schools Cup, held at Woodcrest State College in Brisbane recently. The team comprised of Alexandra Doyle, Bella Freeman, Sophie Rae, Georgia Ross, Rachael Sedgwick, Amie Southern and Anna Southwell, and was coached by Mr. Jarek Lysanowicz.
There were a total of twenty teams entered in Division three, and they were split into four pools. The girls progressed through the tournament without even dropping a set, and topped the competition of with a gripping final, defeating Centenary State High School 2-0.
Published: 2012-10-23. Updated 2012-10-29
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