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2018 Toolooa Sports Awards

2018 Toolooa Sports Awards
Last week we held our annual sports awards night at the Yaralla Sports Club. It was a fantastic evening that enabled coaches, parents and students to acknowledge the sporting achievements of our young stars. This year we recognised the achievements of just over 120 students. These achievements ranged from Best & Fairest in interschool sports through to regional representations for Port Curtis and Capricornia.
We also had the great pleasure of recognising the achievements of Chyanne Downing who competed in Softball for the Queensland team. This was a fantastic achievement which can only truly be understood when looking at the hurdles involved in making a Queensland team. To make a Queensland team in any sport, a student must go through Port Curtis trials which involves students from Miriam Vale to Mt Larcom. If the student makes the Port Curtis team, then they must compete in the Capricornia trials which goes as far north as Mackay. Just making it this far is highly commendable (which approximately 20 of our students managed to do!). The final step is the Queensland State trials, as you would expect, they cover the entire state! I hope that this explains just how significant the achievements of all of our students, especially Chyanne this year. I look forward to seeing more students achieving such accolades next year. I know we had a number of students go close this year.
As the end of the night approached, we recognised our three biggest awards. These were the Team of the Year, Junior Sports Person of the Year & Senior Sports Person of the Year. This year our Open Girls Volleyball team coached by Kelly Harrison took out the team of the year for their strong performance in the Volleyball Schools Cup which was held in Brisbane. Their commitment to early morning training sessions and their ability to work as a team led to a highly respectable 5th place finish (which is the best we have seen at Toolooa in at least six years!).
Our Junior Sports Person of the Year is no stranger to sporting success. Clara Furness is recognised annually for her performances at our swimming carnivals and making Capricornia swim teams. Knowing Clara’s ability to achieve such heights year after year it was only fitting that she took out the Junior Sports Person of the Year for 2018. Well done Clara!
Our most coveted trophy, the Senior Sports Person of the Year, was the final major prize of the evening. This year I had the pleasure of announcing Chyanne Downing as the recipient of the award. Like Clara, Chyanne is exceptional when it comes to her chosen sporting fields. Chyanne’s resilience and determination to make the Queensland team for Softball this year created the platform for her to win the Senior Sports Person of the Year for 2018 in her final year at Toolooa State High School. Congratulations Chyanne and best of luck with your sporting endeavours after year 12.
Finally, our Sports Awards evening couldn’t possibly have been a success without the help of our sponsors. By supporting us, they have aided us in our recognition of student’s sporting success and provided funds towards new sports equipment for 2019.
Our Sponsors For The 2018 Sports Awards Were: