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2017 Vikings Sport End of Year Review

16/11/2017

The 2017 sporting year at VPSHS has been full of wonderful highlights. Like previous years, we can celebrate all kinds of outstanding achievements, including Australian and State representations as well as many awesome team successes. However these achievements are only part of how we can define a great year of sport. There are of course the constant processes that lead to such achievements.

Much time and effort has been put into ensuring that all sporting opportunities, including carnivals, weekly sport and the AFL Excellence Program, have been provided in a way that allow students to enjoy them and participate in full. The success of sport at our school this year in all its different dimensions and facets can be attributed to the support, enthusiasm and contributions of staff, students, parents and other community members. Such efforts are much appreciated and necessary to attain the levels of success, which we so often celebrate at our school (this year being no exception!). Thank you to all that worked so hard and supported our school sporting community this year.

The major carnivals as well as weekly afternoon sport are examples of sporting events, which could not have continued to prosper and help build a strong sporting culture and tradition without the work of so many. And on that note congratulations to Heinemann House (Swimming), Benfer House (Cross Country) and Master House (Athletics) on their success in winning a major inter-house carnival this year.

Once again, we were able to celebrate a multitude of Bayside, Metropolitan East, Queensland and Australian Representatives, illustrating the sporting talent and future potential of our students. To be specific, we had 22 students qualify for Bayside representation, 15 for Metropolitan East and 2 for Queensland (QLD representatives being Jade Ellenger: AFL and Luke Harvey: Cross Country and Triathlon). Outside the school sporting pathway, we had another State representative (Chloe Welch: Karate) and 2 Australian representatives (Luke Harvey: Triathlon World Champion and Des’Ree Barnes: BMX). To these students we once again extend our best wishes for the future and congratulations on their achievements. They really are amazing efforts.

We also reflect fondly on the team successes of 2017. The Year 10 AFL team once again defended their Bayside title, while the Open Boys Rugby League and Open Girls Basketball teams also achieved District Champion status. Our Senior Girls AFL team also won the Brisbane South AFL Queensland Schools Cup, which was a wonderful highlight of the year. Commiserations also go to the many of our teams that suffered narrow defeats in District Finals in both the summer and winter seasons. We know you will be back bigger and stronger next year!

Special recognition must of course go to our major sport award winners in 2017, recently celebrated at the Vikings Sports Breakfast: Sportsman of the Year and Athlete of the Year – Luke Harvey and Sportswoman of the Year – Jade Ellenger. These students have excelled as individuals within their sporting fields, often inspiring those around them or in some cases leading their teams to victory.

As another year in sport comes to a close, we must be sure not to take for granted all that we have achieved within our school sporting community. The efforts and accolades we have witnessed, some of which have been mentioned above, are truly outstanding and in some cases may not be repeated in years to come. If this year is anything to go by, 2018 could be an even bigger year in sport for the Vikings. We cannot wait to find out!​