South Coast Cross Country Championships

On Tuesday 5 June, the following QAHS students competed in the Regional Cross Country Championships (Pictured L-R):

Stephanie Hall (Year 12)
Sian Fennell (Year 11)
Hannah Kennedy (Year 11)
Callum Janetzki (Year 10)
Anna Lee (Year 10)
Alex Goldsmith (Year 10)

All students did QAHS proud. Three of the six competitors qualified for the State Championships with veteran QAHS runner, Stephanie Hall, placing 1st in her division and Sian Fennell and Callum Janetzki, placed 3rd and 6th in their respective divisions. Well done to all competitors, with an additional congratulations to Stephanie, Sian and Callum. The whole of QAHS wishes you the best for the upcoming State Championships. Please see below for Sian’s reflection. Sian (pictured left) just this year transferred to QAHS from NSW, and demonstrates the attributes of a QAHS IB Learner:

“Last Tuesday, a selection of QA students and myself competed at Regional Cross Country, a fun and interesting experience for all of us. I placed 3rd, and was able to watch other QA students such as Stephanie Hall take out the win. 

The race was my first time competing at a regional event on the Gold Coast, and although it was difficult, it was also really enjoyable. I was not particularly happy with my race, but am looking forward to State in order to hopefully improve my result. 

I recently moved up to the Gold Coast this year, from Wollongong and went directly into Year 11, where I was required to catch up a year’s worth of content in some subjects.  It was also challenging getting back into a regular running routine and beginning to train with a new squad. I was not expecting the large disruption to my results, however have slowly been attempting to get back to my old form. Getting the opportunity to race up here has been both humbling and an awesome way to test myself against other competitors.

Moving up here from NSW, it was nerve racking to be amongst the traditional “rival” State to my old home, however, you could say that all of the Queenslanders have been really welcoming. Thanks to the school, I have been able to continue my running at a competitive level, and I am excited to continue my racing in the future!”

Finally, a special mention is required for Stephanie Hall (pictured right), who has continued to demonstrate all characteristics of an IB Learner by maintaining her status as an elite athlete despite the demands that accompany rapidly reaching the end of the Year 12  IB journey. Congratulations Stephanie! You truly are a role model for your peers and junior students alike.

Mr Dean Ryschka
Sport Coordinator