Sailor Max Quirk is April Student Athlete winner

Max Quirk group Shot (640x427)by Jennifer Swaine

The April winner of the Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers Student Athlete Awards for April 2013 was Max Quirk from Matthew Flinders Anglican College.  Max is in Year 8 and is a talented young sailor.

 He is a member of the Australian Sailing Team and is representing Australia in the World Championships at Lake Garda in Italy in July this year.  Max recently won the won the Victorian State Championships, attained second in the NSW State Championships and won four out of eight races in New Zealand at their National Titles, which is a new record for an Australian.

Max is also a member of the Mooloolaba Yacht Club and says that sailing is his “dream sport” and that “competing at the world championships” is his goal.   In January Max qualified at the Australian National Championships in Hobart as one of the 5 top sailors in our country to represent Australia. He is also the youngest member of the team.

Max is a tremendous young man with a very bright future.  He credits the support he receives from Matthew Flinders Anglican College as a key factor in his success. “The school supports me in so many ways when I am away competing at events. Mr Laurie Jarman, my sailing teacher, emails me with support when I am away competing and Mr Davis, Dean of Student Activities, is always encouraging me.”

“I want to be a role model for all kids who want to learn to sail and who have a dream to sail and represent our State and Country.  The support I have had from Matthew Flinders Anglican College over the last few years has enabled me to reach the top of my sport and represent Australia at the World Championships.”

Max received $1000 which will go towards his trip to Italy later this year and Matthew Flinders also received a cheque for $1000 which they will put towards various sporting programmes.  Max is now in the running for the Overall Student Athlete of the year which will be announced early December.

Well done Max on such a wonderful effort.

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Alyssa Bull is the March winner of the Schultz Toomey O’Brien Student Athlete Awards

Alyssa Bull

Photo courtesy of the Sunshine Coast Daily

Alyssa Bull has been named the monthly winner for March 2013, in the Schultz Toomey O’Brien Student Athlete Awards.  Alyssa is in year 12 at Siena Catholic College and is involved in Surf Lifesaving and kayaking.

Alyssa has been involved in Surf Lifesaving since she was six years old. With a training regime that would frighten many of us she trains six mornings and five afternoons per week.  Her training sessions include swimming, board and ski paddling and kayaking.

Alyssa has just finished competing in the Telstra Ironwoman Series where she won at Noosa. She is also the youngest competitor in the current Ironperson series to have won a round. Adding to all of those titles she has previously won the 15 , 17’s & U19’s Coolangatta Gold events & is the current U17 Australian Board Champion. As a fitting tribute to one so young and talented, Alyssa has been selected as an ambassador for SLSQ.

Alyssa will be competing later this year in the National Kayaking Titles with a goal to qualify for the Australian team to compete in Canada.  She will also take on the Coolangatta Gold in October this year with the aim of standing on the podium once again.

Having a good school supporting her endeavours has been critical in Alyssa’s success and Siena Catholic College is behind her all the way.   They offer varying degrees of support to ensure she stays on top of her school work and also support her at race meets and celebrate and share her outstanding results with the rest of the school community.

Michele Akers, the school Sports Co-ordinator, said “Alyssa is a wonderful role model for her peers as she balances her commitments of training, competing and always completing her school work on time with no excuses. She is a very humble person and always puts other people before herself. “

“She is a Senior Leader at Siena Catholic College and demonstrates, through her actions the importance of being a dedicated member of our school community. An example of this was given just recently when she won the final round of the Ironwoman series but was also able to attend the Yr 12 camp and swam for our school at the District Interschool Swimming Carnival.” Ms Akers said.

Alyssa will be presented with a cheque for $1000 for being the monthly winner of these awards and Siena Catholic College will also be the recipient of $1000 which they can use towards further improving the sporting needs of the school.

Well done Alyssa!

Isaak Mclean is October Student Athlete

Congratulations to Isaak McLean from Eumundi State Primary School who was the October winner of the Schultz Toomey O’Brien Student Athlete Awards.  Isaak is involved in Rugby League at the highest of levels, making the under 12 Qld Schoolboys team which competed in Mackay in August this year. As a result of his great sportsmanship Isaak was awarded the captaincy of the Qld Schoolboy team.

Isaak is a humble, well mannered child who gives his sport 100%.  He trains two afternoons for club rugby league, one afternoon he plays school rugby league rugby league and was travelling to Brisbane training for the Qld side – which is quite a big commitment when you are only in Year 6!  His involvement in the NDJRL is outstanding, and his willingness to always be involved was recognized last year when he received the Club’s perpetual trophy for the “Most Dedicated Player”.

Isaak has set his future goal on an NRL career but as an outstanding student, he also wants to study to one day become a lawyer so he can practice when his football career is over.

We met Isaak this morning and he was a delightful young man.  We congratulate him on his efforts thus far and wish him well in the future.

Ariana Carter & Chloe Baldwin are September’s winning students

by Jennifer Swaine, Marketing Manager

The winning students, for the month of September, in the Schultz Toomey O’Brien Student Athlete Awards are Ariana Carter and Chloe Baldwin from Currimundi Special School.  Both girls were on hand this morning when Hot 91.1, who also sponsor the awards, held an Outside Broadcast (OB) at their school in honour of their efforts.

The girls, both aged 13, have been swimming for years and are set to represent Qld in the Junior Special Olympics in December.  However, like all athletes they have a hard training regime and train eight times a week, as well as doing squad.  The Junior Special Olympics will be held in December this year and the girls, the school and their families are trying to raise the $2,000 each they need to be able to compete.

This morning Trent Wakerley from Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers was on hand with Grant Ferry from the Sunshine Coast Daily and Troy Deighton from Hot 91.1 to present the girls with $500 each.  The schools principal Mr Alwyn Green was also presented with a cheque for $1,000 that the school can put towards their sporting programs.

Hot’s fabulous breakfast duo Todd and Sami entertained the children, whilst broadcasting from the school and all the children and their families were able to enjoy a tasty BBQ breakfast supplied by Micks Meat Barn.

There is only one more month in this years competition, to become selected as a monthly winner.  In November the Sunshine Coast Daily will start the People’s Choice awards which will culminate in an end of year awards presentation which will be held at Birch Carroll & Coyle later in the year.

To enter the Athlete Awards click here to be taken to the entry form.