Athena News - July 2021

Athena News - July 2021

Athena News – July 2021

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Commonwealth Games 2018 Silver Medallist and soon to be Olympic Gymnast Georgia Godwin time with our Athena students late last term. She shared her sporting journey which saw her commence gymnastics as a three year old on the Gold Coast at the local PCYC before being identified to be included in the International Gymnastics Program in Brisbane. Georgia then moved to Brisbane with her mother for training.  Georgia shared sacrifices she and her family had made, how she handled difficult moments in her sporting career, including injury and mental blocks and how she worked back from these moments, as well as career highs including Commonwealth Games success and selection for the Tokyo Olympics. Her one piece of advice for all student athletes was to ensure they spent time completing their rehabilitation fully during injury to ensure that their bodies fully recovered for future performances.

Georgia also spent time meeting and greeting the Junior School students who presented her with letters, drawings and a small koala to wish her well in the upcoming Olympic Games. We look forward to cheering Georgia on!


This week we hosted an information session by Study and Play USA. The presentation introduced the Athena Students and Parents to the opportunities available in receiving a USA University Sports Scholarship. Hosted by Chris Bates from Study and Play USA we learnt about the many different types of scholarship opportunities which can cover all or a percentage of tuition fees, books, accommodation, food, travel within the US as part of the team, sporting equipment and apparel, coaching and athletic rehabilitation.

Ideal commencement timelines:

  • Year 8 – engage with Study and Play USA Staff to ask initial questions about the pathway
  • Year 9 – start to consider what academic markers need to be met
  • Years 10 and 11 – meet with a Study and Play USA Talent Co-ordinator to commence the process and maximise scholarship opportunities

To find out more about this opportunity please visit their webpage –



Congratulations to the following Athena students on excellent results in recent competitions.

Yve-Noelle Bollinger (Year 6) competed at the Starbound Entertainers Festival and the Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod. Her results were as follows:


  • Classical solo 11 Years – 1st place
  • Contemporary solo 11 Years – 1st place
  • Lyrical solo 11 Years – 1st place
  • Demi-character solo 11 Years – 2nd place
  • Winner of Winners 11 & 12 Years – Runner-up


  • Classical solo 11 Years – 2nd place
  • Contemporary solo 11 Years – 2nd place
  • Lyrical solo 11 Years – 3rd place
  • Demi-character solo 11 Years – 3rd place

Hannah Collins (Year 11) competed at the INKCO Winter Sprints Series at the GCPC during the holidays and placed 1st in the 100m sprint. She also competed at Redcliffe Agricultural show and won the Large Show Hunter Galloway and then went on to claim Champion Show Hunter. Over the weekend Hannah placed 1st and 2nd in her events at the Park Ridge Horse Show.

Josephine Hermann (Year 8) won the Junior 115cm Class at the Equestrian Gold Coast Competition held recently.

Jaz Ingall (Year 11) competed in the State Cross Country Championships in the 17 Years Division placing 8th in the 4km Race and 3rd in the Relay event.

Summer Osborne (Year 8) won the Gladstone Age Tennis Tournament.

Lisa Cleverly
Head of Athena

Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace