Hervey Bay Independent : 2nd October 2014
Fraser Coast Anglican College To be ranked among the world’s best athletes is no easy feat. But for Fraser Coast Anglican College Year 12 student Grace Riley, four podium fi nishes at the 2014 World Outrigging Championships was the happy and desired result following six years of training and discipline. Travelling to Rio as part of the Under 19s and Open Women’s Outrigging team, Grace received one silver and three bronze medals. She said while the unexpected race conditions had been challenging, a steady preparation and strong team bonding had paved the way for a smooth run at the international paddling competition. “We worked really hard... and we were really happy with the results that we got,” she said. Grace started paddling with the Burrum District Outriggers as an 11-year-old. Earning her stripes locally, Grace quickly gained representative honours A place to become... all that you can be Paddler’s success among world’s best before being invited to join the Australian team ahead of her fi rst World Championship campaign in 2012. With almost 3000 competitors from 20 countries competing at this year’s World Championships, the 17-yearold had her work cut out for her as she moved up a race category and faced competitors who were not only much older, but more experienced. “That for me was a lot of training and hard work to be able to compete against those other girls who were older than me,” she said. With her team mates in the six and 12-person races coming from as far as Rockhampton and Tasmania, Grace said the group only had the opportunity to train together three times before the championships. “Keeping the team spirit was very uplifting for all of us,” she said. “Just to be able to be as a team and put in to practice what we’ve done was great.” Travelling to many training and competition meets up and down the coast, Grace acknowledged the support of her family, friends and the FCAC community that have encouraged and assisted her in her sporting endeavours. Having just fi nished her Year 12 exams and eyeing a local university placement, Grace hopes that she will be able to compete in the 2016 World Championships which are set to be held on the Sunshine Coast. “I have done it continuously for the past six years and I have loved it so much,” she said. “Next year when I go to uni I hope that I can continue doing it. “It (the sport of outrigging) is growing in Australia. We hope this next World (Championships) really promotes it and attracts a lot more attention to the sport which would be great for us because we get to develop it more.” Attention Current and Past FCAC Students and Families! Limited Offer Secure your Bell Tower Plaque today! In the lead up to our 20 year commemorations in 2015, families past and present, are invited to take part in history being made by having their name set into a bronze plaque at the base of the new Bell Tower. The new Bell Tower will on 1st April 2015 by Archbishop Rev Phillip Aspinall and contributors will receive a formal invitation to join us at the opening celebration. For more information or to obtain an order form, please contact the College on 4124 5411 or email email@example.com. edu.au Fraser Coast Anglican College For more information, please call us today on 4124 5411 or visit online at www.fcac.qld.edu.au 4 | Fraser Coast Anglican College Riders eye National Championships The Fraser Coast Anglican College is one of the only schools in the region to offer an in-school equestrian program. Following a stellar year of competition which saw one of its brightest young riders, Alice Leighton, qualify to compete in the National Eventing Championships, the equestrian team is preparing for an exciting run in 2015 across a range of both professional and interschool competitions. Alice overcame a series of setbacks and challenges early in the competitive season to collect a number of podium fi nishes at events in Brisbane - earning her a spot at the national competition after fi nishing second overall in the prestigious Interschool Queensland State Eventing Championships. Alice’s success was echoed by that of Year 12 student Maddison Edward who was one of only two local riders to qualify for the State Interschool Championships in Dressage. Forging a strong bond with her horse Wally, Maddison also qualifi ed for the Quarter Horse State Show where she received the High Point Youth Dressage Rider of the Year before being awarded the Reserve Youth Rider title at the American Quarter Horse State Show. As well as the offi cial interschool and professional competitions, equestrian team manager Sally Whalan said the eight members of the equestrian team also take part in their own Active Riders and Pony Clubs. Over the past year Ms Whalan said she had seen the skill and ofessionalism of the s younger riders, including Chelsea Whalan and Ashleigh McGrath, improve cantly. “I have certainly seen the girls develop confi dence, not only in their horses, but also in themselves and (in their) understanding of dedication and commitment,” Ms Whalan said. Of all the qualities she has observed in the equestrian team, Ms Whalan said their willingness to work together and support one another had been the most admirable. With one Year 3 student having already expressed interest in joining the team next year, Ms Whalan is confi dent the equestrian team will continue to grow and in turn broaden the scope and number of competitions it can enter in coming years.
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