Athena News - July 2022

Athena News - July 2022

Athena News – July 2022

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AIS Mental Fitness Workshop

Over the last two months Athena students have had the opportunity to work with two AIS athletes in learning about strategies to build mental fitness. Mental fitness is as important as physical fitness in supporting athletes. Jessica Turnball, Australian 2022 Commonwealth Games squash player and Emma Abbott, Australian 2020 Olympic rhythmic gymnast, worked with the girls on how they can build their mental fitness.

Building Mental Fitness Strategies

  1. Building strength by expressing gratitude: focusing on the good things every night writing three things you are grateful for.
  2. Practising mindfulness: intentionally paying attention to what is happening to you at the present and being okay with this ‘stop and think in the moment’, breathing exercises, meditation, disconnecting from electronics, taking photos, admiring and experiencing nature.
  3. Developing meaning and purpose, focusing on goals: no matter what, energy and self-discipline, have a purpose statement for self, for family/friends, for school/community, more than one thing in life is important and get involved in causes you feel passionate about.
  4. Connecting socially with others: having 2-3 close meaningful connections is important for wellbeing.

Students are invited to participate in the Bite Back Mental Fitness Challenge. They can register at

Congratulations to:

Cyra Bender (Year 11) on her selection in the Australian Youth Team at the World Lifesaving Championships in Riccione, Italy in September. We wish her all the best and look forward to hearing all about the event once she returns.

Keeleigh Wise (Year 11) competed in the Interschool Queensland State Championships in Toowoomba. The competition was held over 8 days and consisted of Dressage, Show-jumping and Show horse events. Keeleigh competed in all three disciplines on both of her horses placing 4th overall in Dressage and was selected in the Queensland team to compete at Nationals in the Dressage event. Keeleigh also qualified for Nationals in the Combined Training event in another recent competition where she placed 3rd.

Ava Robbins (Year 6) competed in the Queensland State Road Race Championships in Cairns in the holiday break. Ava took out gold medals in the 23km road race, 8km time trial and the 20 minute street circuit criterium in the Under 13 Girls category. Ava also won the Junior Road Series which she has been competing in over the last three months. She will now resume training with the Queensland Junior Emerging Talent Squad (JETS) at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane as she moves from the road season to the track season for the remainder of the year.

Layla Feehan (Year 6) competed at the Summer Carnival in Townsville in the holidays with wonderful results in the following events:

1st – triple jump

2nd – 80m hurdles

3rd – long jump

3rd – 100m

3rd – high jump

Evie Caple (Year 10)  competed at Artistic Swimming National Titles with the following outstanding results:

3rd 13 – 15 years Figures

1st 13 – 15 years Free Team

1st 13 – 15 years Free Duet

2nd Junior Tech Team

1st Highlight

Sienna Campese (Year 12) on her selection in the Queensland Under 19 State School Hockey team.

Lorielle Scholz (Year 7) on her selection in the Queensland State Touch Football Team.

Skye Hill (Year 11) on being awarded the AMusA in Piano.

Ella Hardy (Year 10) on placing 3rd in the Fisiocrem30 Race 15km event.

Elise Virr (Year 7) on placing 3rd in the Rafa Nadal Tournament and in the Rod Laver Championships recently. Elise will be competing in the Queensland State Tennis Titles in Cairns in August and we wish her all the best.

Ms Lisa Cleverly 
Head of Athena

Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace