Posted on: Friday 20 August 2021
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OLYMPIC DREAM REALISED
It was so inspiring to see Kiera Gazzard (St Hilda’s School and Athena Program Graduate 2019) competing at the Tokyo Olympics recently. Kiera is a member of the Australian Artistic Swimming Team who placed 9th overall. Artistic Swimming is a mix of swimming, acrobatics and dance choreographed into a routine for 8 team members.
Following years of training and sacrifice, Kiera was able to live her dream of Olympic selection and competition. Kiera and her family moved to the Gold Coast from Sydney to train and give her the opportunity to develop further her skills and qualify for selection in the Australian Team. In the lead up to the Olympic Games Kiera competed at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships.
We are so proud of Kiera and her achievements and look forward to seeing what is next for Kiera in her Artistic Swimming career.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to the following Athena students on excellent results in recent competitions:
Ava Robbins (Year 5) competed in the Gold Coast Condev Construction Junior Tour which comprised of 5 stages of cycling. She won the Under 13 Girls’ category overall and took out the General Classification. During the school holidays Ava raced in the Balmoral Junior Tour which involved 4 cycling stages, including a hill climb. She won two of the four stages and finished 2nd overall on a countback.
We wish Ava well on her next major cycling event, the Queensland State Championships to be held in Bundaberg on 20 – 22 August.
Se Eun (Flora) Yang (Year 9) competed in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod receiving the following outstanding results:
Trio, quartet or quintet – any combination strings/wind/brass – Years 7, 8 and 9
Result: 1st – Trio Avante
Trio, quartet or quintet – strings only – Years 7, 8 and 9
Result: 1st – Deficiendo Quartet
Duet – Any combination – strings/wind/brass – 16 Years & under
Cello/Double bass solo – 14 and 15 Years
Holly Warn (Year 6) competed in the Queensland Schools State Cross Country in late July placing 1st in the 12 Years age group and qualified for selection in the Queensland Merit Team. Holly also completed in the Queensland Athletics State Cross Country Event and also won this race. Unfortunately, the Covid situation has meant that the Australian Cross-Country Titles have not been able to be contested this year.
Yve-Noelle Bollinger (Year 6) received Distinction with marks of 90 – 100% in her recent Ballet Conservatoire Examination.
Head of Athena