Vikings Sport 2016 Wrap Up

Some of this year's VPSHS sporting stars.
From left: Caitlyn Rawding, Jade Ellenger, Tyela Ruska-French

The 2016 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 from Carnivals to weekly sport 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 to the levels of success, which we so often celebrate at our school (this year being no exception!). 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.

Special recognition must go to our major sport award winners in 2016: Sportsman of the Year Luke Harvey (Year 11) and Sportswoman of the Year Jade Ellenger (Year 11). These students have excelled as individuals within their sporting fields, often inspiring those around them or in some cases leading teams to victory. Year 12 student Paige McCartney also excited us with her selection in the Australian Commonwealth Games NextGen Diving Squad. The possibility of our school being represented in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is certainly an amazing thought and would be a deserved reward for Paige’s incredibly hard work.

In and amongst these notable individual achievements were a multitude of District and Regional Representatives, illustrating the sporting talent and future potential within our gates at VPSHS. To be exact 22 of our students qualified for Bayside representative teams while 17 students made a Metropolitan East Regional team. Luke Harvey (Triathlon) and Caitlyn Rawding (Girls AFL) achieved Queensland Schools representation in their respective sports. To these students we extend our best wishes for the future and congratulations on their achievements.  

We also reflect fondly on the team successes of 2016. As in previous years, a number of Bayside Premierships were claimed this year. The Year 7/8, 9 and 10 AFL teams once again defended their Bayside titles, demonstrating the strength of our AFL Excellence Programs. The Open Girls Basketball and Volleyball teams also achieved District Champion status showing that girls sport is well and truly thriving at VPSHS.

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 outstanding and in some cases may not be repeated in years to come. If this year is anything to go by, 2017 could be an even bigger year in sport at VPSHS. We cannot wait to find out!​

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Last reviewed 19 December 2019
Last updated 19 December 2019