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SBC celebrates year in sport

St Brendan’s College capped off a jam-packed year of sport staging its annual Sports Awards at the College on Saturday 28 October 2017, with students and families hearing sage advice from local hockey great and professional athlete Mark Knowles on sport as a career and the opportunities for athletes from regional areas.

Assistant Principal - Senior School, Matt Couper, welcomed attendees to the Sports Awards and started proceedings by saying the array of sports at St Brendan’s College is as diverse as the student population that grace its grounds.

“In 2017, St Brendan’s College students have scored trys, taken corners, loaded guns, teed off, won buckles while being bucked out of shoots; they’ve taken wickets and scored runs, they’ve run in races and swum in races,” Mr Couper said.

“They’ve won grand finals, they’ve lost grand finals; friendships have been formed and character has been forged; they’ve been gracious in defeat while being humble in victory,” he said.

“They’ve gained memories that will last a lifetime and all of this while representing the green and gold.”

“Sport and co-curricular are a vital dimension of the holistic education on offer at St Brendan’s College.”

In 2017, the College was pleased to present its major sports awards to the following students: Athlete of the Year, Year 7 student Ben O’Brien; Swimmer of the Year, Year 11 student Patrick Doherty; Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Year 7 student Cooper Hoare; Seniors Sportsperson of the Year, Year 12 student Joshua Davidson; and Team Performance of the Year, the St Brendan’s College Under 12 Western 7’s Title winners, going through the competition without a point scored against them.

Australian men’s hockey and Kookaburra stalwart Mark Knowles presented the major sports awards and spoke at length to the keen sportsmen in attendance.

“If you have a passion for sport and you want to be good at it; give it a proper go.  Most of the time we half do things, so if you want something give it a red hot crack.”

And for the students in the room, some of the most resounding advice was about their time as students and sportsmen living in a regional area. 

“Quite often when we come from regional areas, we say ‘in Brisbane they have everything’,” Mr Knowles said.

“We have so much access to facilities in regional areas compared to juniors in the cities.  When I was 14 I was playing senior division hockey in Rockhampton,” he said.

“I got smacked around, hit and smacked down playing hockey in the senior league; you grow up a bit quicker,” he said.

"The one and only Men’s Gold Medal [at the Olympics] in hockey; 15 of the 17 men were from regional areas; eight of the 17 were from Queensland and seven of those eight were from regional Queensland.  Only one was from Brisbane.”

“That shows that it’s possible – there’s always a silver lining to growing up in the country,” Mr Knowles said.

The College Sports Awards led onto a much-anticipated event at the College, with the Year 6 Sacred Heart and St Benedict’s rugby league teams playing a curtain raiser to the annual St Brendan’s College Old Boys’ Team vs First XIII.

The young guns came away with a 26-10 win over an Old Boys outfit that showed flashes of brilliance from players like former Queensland and NRL player, PJ Marsh and local CQ Capras player Sam Lollo; and a bit too much puff from some of the ‘older’ Old Boys who couldn’t keep up with stand-outs Jeremiah Naawi, Jackson Phillips and Troy Richardson. 

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