Sporting Life - 21 June 2018

Sporting Life - 21 June 2018

Sporting Life – 21 June 2018

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Shout Outs!

Wishing the best of luck to our 2018 St Hilda’s Snowsports team that will be heading off to Thredbo in the final weekend of the semester break to compete in the QLD NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships. Participants include;  Jacqueline Cartwright, Madison Cartwright, Hannah Collins, Grace Cowley, Ava Cowley, Madelyn Finster, Sienna Hughes, Claudia Jacob, Indiana Sheehan, Matilde Smith, Elodie Willemsen, Yvette Willemsen. A big thank you to parent organizer Mr Bradley Smith and the parents that will be supporting the girls during the competition.

The 2018 Rowing Season is well underway and the girls have been training hard during Term 2. The Year 8 crews and Open squad will participate in the first Rowing Camp based at St Hilda’s, TSS and Wyaralong. The All Ages Camp kicks off on July 11 and concludes on July 16 and will be at the new camp destination in Grafton. A massive thanks to all of the coaches and the RSG who have supported the program throughout this term. We look forward to the season officially starting at the first Regatta on 28 July at Wyaralong Dam.

  • The Equestrian State Championships are being held at the beginning of the semester holidays. We look forward to hearing about our girls’ (and equine partners’) performances. Best of luck to all of our participants!
  • Congratulations to Ava Brickley (Year 8) who has been selected for the Queensland Junior Development Swimming Squad for this year.
  • Congratulations to Fern Deshon (Year 7) who was a member of the School Sport South Coast Hockey Team that finished a gallant 3rd place in the recent State Championships.
  • Wishing Holly White all the best in her quest for success at the upcoming Karate National Championships held in Queensland this year. We look forward to hearing your results Holly!
  • Congratulations and good luck to Jordan Bennett, Caitlin Boyle and Maeve Dougherty who were selected in the School Sport South Coast Cross Country Team to compete in the Queensland School Sport 10-19 Cross Country State Championships to be held in Maroochydore Saturday 21st July-Monday 23 July.
  • Congratulations to Brianna Free who was awarded Cadet of the Year at the Southport SLSC annual dinner recently. This award is given to a club person between the ages of 14-25 years. At the Surf Lifesaving Queensland annual dinner, it was announced that she had also won the Youth Excellence Award and was nominated for Surf Lifesaver of the Year, which will be announced at the end of July. It has been a very successful season for Brianna who is also off to Worlds in late November, which will be held in Adelaide this year. This competition displays the world’s best junior surf lifesavers. Congratulations!

  • Well done to all of our Season 1 Intermediate Club Netball teams that have done so well over the season. It was fantastic to see all four teams do so well. Congratulations to all of our girls and coaches Hanna Shrubshall, Mrs Jane Shrubshall, Kahlia Henwood and Krystal Hardin. St Hilda’s Thunder finished 7th overall, Strikers 5th, Storm 5th and Lightning made it to the semi-finals finishing 4th We are looking forward to your achievement in the upcoming Season 2 competition commencing after the school holidays.
  • Our girls continue to shine in the Ladies competition with Chargers Cheekies winning their semi-final 20-14 and making the Grand Final next Monday evening. Chargers Crystals did well with only 7 available players, unfortunately going down in their semi-final on Monday, but they get a second chance and go up against Cheekies next Monday. A big thank you to Charmian Adamson, Vala Murtagh, Mel Viall and Diana Mills who have coached through Chargers Netball Club over the season giving these girls an opportunity to compete in the Ladies competition in 2018.
  • Hannah Collins in Year 8 recently competed at the Show Horse Council Queensland Rising Star Championships. She successfully rode up-and-coming pony Casuarina Ridge River to win Champion at his very first outing.

  • All the very best to our little pocket rocket Dayna Whitely-Hall as she prepares for the Queensland Junior Tennis Championships in a couple of weeks. We wish you well Dayna!
  • Congratulations to Jordan Bennett, Caitlin Boyle and Maeve Dougherty who all gained selection into the School Sport South Coast Cross Country team to compete in the QLD School Sport 10-19 Cross Country State Championship being held in Maroochydore Saturday 21-Monday 23 July 2018!

The St Hilda’s Sport team loves to be kept up to date with our girls’ achievements across a wide range of sports. Please email with any sporting news that we can recognize and celebrate!

2018 QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures


Opens 9 St Aidan’s DRAW 22-22 Asana Kobayashi
Senior A 9 St Aidan’s WIN 30-11 Mia Sharman Claudia Bexton
Senior B 9 St Aidan’s LOSS 32-13 Mia Nasser Ruby Walkinshaw
10A 9 St Aidan’s WIN 23-10 Isabella Nolan Lucia McCarthy
9A 9 St Aidan’s LOSS 34-13 Finn Jeffries Lily Murray
8A 9 St Aidan’s WIN 37-19 Jaime Strydom Claire Gilmour
8B 9 St Aidan’s LOSS 22-12 Poppy-Jane Todd Ivy Southwood
7A 9 St Aidan’s WIN 13-7 Makayli Wright Jemima Rice
7B 9 BYE

This has been a brilliant season where everyone has put in a fantastic effort. Even when there wasn’t a win, each girl exhibited an excellent attitude and embraced the School ethos of ‘Non Nobis Solum’. As always, a tremendous thank you must go towards all the coaches and teachers involved who helped make everything happen and were a huge component of what made this season so great. Special thanks must also be given to Mrs Gillmore for all of her help in making this season so special. Congratulation to all of the girls!

Basketball Co Captains: Emma-May Ellis and Maia Everist-Migliore


Opens 9 St Aidan’s LOSS 3-2 Emily Cook Isabella Briggs
Junior A 9 St Aidan’s LOSS 2-0 Isabel Lee Kyella Alback

Throughout the season both teams put everything into the sport. Well done, girls! The junior team improved dramatically, getting better after each game. As a team we know they will do well in the future.  The Open team, with many Year 9 and 10 girls, held their ground in all their games. The soccer season is now over and for the Seniors it’s going to be a sad goodbye. We will miss the soccer community and the long entertaining bus rides with all the girls.

Football Co Captains: Georgia Baker and Toni Lerch

Touch Football

Opens 9 St Aidan’s WIN 5-4 Mia Field Lizzie Slater
Senior A 9 St Aidan’s WIN 5-0 Ruby Dennis Jordan Bennett
Senior B 9 BSHS2 WIN 5-3 Emily Dougherty
10A 9 St Aidan’s LOSS 4-1 Rosie Mayne Jemima Powell
10B 9 St Aidan’s LOSS 5-0 Claudia-Rose Hughes Annabelle Layt
9A 9 St Aidan’s WIN 6-0 Ava Reynolds Rylee Boyd
9B 9 St M2
8A 9 St Aidan’s LOSS 13-0 Caitlin Wood/Jaz Ingall Ruby Dalgleish
8B 9 St Aidan’s WIN 2-0 Jaye Radel Emma Chandler
7A 9 St Aidan’s LOSS 4-2 Sienna Thompson Kiana Dariush-Far
7B 9 St Aidan’s WIN 8-2 Holly Smith Capri Paterson


This year’s touch season has been great and all of the girls from Years 7-12 have stepped up and performed to the best of their ability throughout the games. There have been many catch up games throughout this term and all of the girls have persisted and showed great teamwork by still attending those away games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. We are very proud of all the girls and how they performed throughout the season, and it was great to have the final games at our home fields. The girls enjoyed a sausage sizzle and most of the teams came away with very good results. We encourage all of the girls to play touch again next year and farewell all the Year12s who have now finished their final season of touch. Congratulations to the 7B & 8B teams who won pennants. Thanks girls for a great season!

Touch Football Co Captains Savannah Merrick and Macy Shields

2018 Athletics Training Season

We are full steam ahead for this year’s athletics season. Director of Athletics and Cross Country, Mrs Sharon Hannan, and Coach/Middle Senior Coordinator Kara Hawke lead a very talented team of specialist coaches in a school-wide approach to improving our results in Athletics. Meet our Middle Senior team!


Sharon Hannan – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – Sprints, Hurdles, Middle Distance, Cross-Country and backup coach for all events

Sharon started coaching in Cairns, Far North Qld in 1983 and moved to the Gold Coast in late 1990.  She has coached numerous National Champions, and several Australian representatives and medallists in Sprints and Hurdles, the most notable being Sally Pearson (May 1999 to October 2013).  Sharon has been a Team Coach on Australian teams for the Commonwealth Youth Games (2008) Commonwealth Games (2010 and 2014 {Assistant Team Manager}), World Championships (2009, 2011, 2013), World Indoor Championships (2012) and Olympic Games (2012).  She has just recently been nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee for selection as a team coach on the Australian Team heading to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina in September-October. Sharon has also been a Coach Educator and Facilitator since 1993.

Karalee Hawke – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Coordinator of Middle Senior Cross Country and Athletics

Kara was a state competitor as a junior specializing in sprints, which is where her love for athletics was born. She has extensive experience as a swimming coach with over 20 years of dedication to the sport and is now specializing in the world of Athletics. We are also lucky enough to have her as one of our HPE swim coaches in the Junior School. She is a Level 2 coach about to complete her advanced level of certification. Kara is a cherished part of our Cross Country and Athletics team who coordinates our Middle Senior girls under the guidance of Sharon Hannan.

Peter Hannan – Backup Coach for all events

Peter started coaching in 1975 during his first teaching post at North Rockhampton SHS.  He was born on the Gold Coast and has been a member of the Gold Coast Victory Athletics Club since 1970.  Peter is an IAAF Academy Coach in Combined Events (Heptathlon & Decathlon) and Athletics Australia Level V High Jump coach.   He has also coached numerous National Champions, and several International representatives and medallists in High Jump and Heptathlon.  Peter was Strength & Conditioning coach for Sally Pearson from 2004 to 2013.  He is a former Athletics Australia National Youth Event Coach for Combined Events (2007-2011). Peter is currently the Qld Athletics Target Talent Program State Coach for Jumps (2015 to present).  Peter has also been a Coach Educator and Facilitator since 1989.

Brett Green – Mondays and Wednesdays – Shot Put and Discus

Brett has been teaching for more than 30 years and most of those have been spent at Helensvale State High as a Phys Ed and Sports Academy teacher. Brett is an IAAF Academy Coach and Level V Coach Throws.  He has been a Team Coach on Australian teams to World Youth Champs in 2001 and 2007 and to World Junior Champs in 2006 and 2008.  Brett has coached a number of athletes to the World Youth and World Junior Championships himself, including Kirsty Williams, winner of the Silver medal in Discus in 2016.  Brett has had a great deal of success across all four Throws disciplines, and is currently coaching Alex Roberts (Australian record holder U16 Javelin) who competed at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, and who will compete at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Finland in July this year.

Joshua Connolly – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – Middle Distance and Tuesdays Junior School High Jump

Josh relocated to the Gold Coast from North of Brisbane 2 years ago to train with Sharon and Peter Hannan’s senior squad and study at Griffith University. He competes in High Jump and Decathlon (10 track and field events) with personal bests of 2.16m and 6850 points respectively. Josh is a 2-time Australian Champion (U18 and U20 High jump).  Josh has competed internationally at the 2015 World Youth (Under 18) Championships and finished 12th at the 2016 World Junior (Under 20) Championships.  As a young athlete he participated in many events, and so when he returned to Australia after the World Juniors, he started learning nine new events for the Decathlon.  Just three months later he won the Queensland U20 Decathlon Championships.  Josh is finishing off his Science degree and is aiming to study Medicine.  He also works in the boarding community at TSS and coaches at the school as well. He is very excited for this QG season with St Hilda’s and encourages you to come down to training for some fun, regardless of your ability or training history!

Joshua Kelly – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – Long Jump and Tuesdays Junior School Long Jump

Josh Kelly is just 20 years old but don’t let the age fool you.  He has a great deal of knowledge and experience in the field of athletics. He has been coaching and Officiating now for 5 years and has been mentored by highly-respected track and field coaches such as Peter Hannan, Sharon Hannan and Antony Drinkwater-Newman to name a few. He specialises in the jumps component of athletics (Long, triple, and high jump) but has had experience coaching athletes in most disciplines. Josh prides himself on making each session engaging and fun for the athletes, whether that be through carefully selected and planned activities or just the engagements had throughout the sessions. Away from the world of athletics Josh is currently in 3rd year of studies in Primary Education at university and will graduate in July next year (2019).

Kobie Donovan – Wednesdays and Fridays – Javelin

Kobie is an elite Para-Athlete in Track and Field, mainly 100m sprints, Shot Put, Discus and Javelin.  She has been a World Record Holder for F40 Javelin, 3-time Australian Representative, most recently at the World Dwarf Games where Kobie competed in Athletics and Badminton and was the Team Captain. 5-time National Champion and Reserve for 2016 Paralympics. Kobie is a Health and Physical Education Teacher, and a part time Athletics Coach. She has coached Athletics for more than four years within various settings and schools, and she is also a current athlete of Brett Green. Kobie looks forward to bringing her knowledge and real-world experience to St Hilda’s in 2018.

Jessica Hughes – Mondays – Javelin

Jess has been throwing the Javelin for ten years and was the National Champion at age 14.  She is coached by Brett Green and was encouraged by him to take on her own squad.  She also took on the role of Throws coach for St Hilda’s in 2017. Jess has her own squad of athletes she coaches after school and on the weekends whilst working part time for Billabong.

Nicole Gusman – Wednesdays (+ Fridays from Term 3) – High Jump

Nicole began coaching high jump on the NSW mid north coast in 2012 and has had her own squad on the Gold Coast for three years now. They train and compete across a range of athletics events.  Nicole was 8-time NSW junior state high jump champion, 7-time national finalist and 2-time national medallist.  She is now training for 400m hurdles in the Sports Credentials senior squad.  Nicole will graduate from Griffith University this year with a Bachelor of Exercise Science.  She is currently working part-time for the Menzies Institute of Medical Health Research as a research assistant.  She is extremely passionate about Athletics and looks forward to working with the girls at St Hilda’s over the 2018 season.


Griffith University Athletics Track: Thursday 26 July 2018

(The 3000m event will be held on Monday 23 July at Griffith at 6.30am. Separate details will be provided to those students participating in this event.)


This is a compulsory School event. A note from a parent/guardian is required if you are medically unable to participate for physical reasons. Students will not be permitted to leave until the conclusion of the school day unless prior permission is given.

Schedule of Events:

The Carnival will commence at 9.00am and conclude at approximately 2.45pm. Roll Call will be held on the front lawn at St Hilda’s School in House Groups at 8.20am sharp. Please arrive at school by 8am.

Belbaker Buslines will be transporting girls to and from the Griffith track. Students are expected to return on the same bus in which they travelled unless they are leaving with a parent or guardian and has been notified in writing by Monday 23 July.

  • 8.00am Arrive at School in House Uniform and assemble in House Order for Roll Call at designated area on the Front Lawn.
  • 8.20am Roll call on Front Lawn and await instructions for bus departure. Year 12s will go on the first buses with their Head of House followed by Melaleuca (7-11), Banksia (7-11) and Karragaroo (7-11)
  • 9.15am Track & Field events commence (Program will be posted to website as
  • soon as it is finalised.
  • 1.50pm (approx) Boarders vs Day Girls 4 x 100m relay
  • 2.45pm Line up in House year levels for Roll Call and await instructions for bus departure back to school.
  • 3.25pm Students to arrive back at school and will be dismissed from the Cougal St bus stop.

Asthma Sufferers:

If you suffer from Asthma, YOU MUST bring YOUR inhaler. Carry the inhaler with you during the event at all times. The inhaler should be clearly named.

Uniform Requirements:

Come to school in your School sports uniform and House shirt. Sports school tracksuit is also allowed. Shoes must be worn for ALL events. No spikes to be worn during relays.

What to Bring:

Bring the following to school for this event:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water Bottle
  • Packed Morning Tea and Lunch and nutritious snacks for the day

For all enquiries relating to Middle Senior Sport at St Hilda’s please email  and ensure that you have downloaded the isthildas app for all of our sporting notices. Our weekly QGSSSA Fixtures ‘Order of Play’ with relevant staff contact numbers are on the app. Should you need to get in contact with St Hilda’s School Venue Coordinators or the Head of Sport for urgent matters.

Jill Moore
Head of Sport

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