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The Toolooa State High School: Annual Sports Awards Evening

​(Left to Right) Brent Tate, Sam Smith, Steve Price and Alex Smith

​The Toolooa State High School Annual Sports Awards evening took place on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 at the Harvey Road Tavern. The event was a huge success, with over one hundred and thirty guests attending the night.

Ms Paap (Sports Coordinator) opened the proceedings, and hosted the evening with the assistance of key note speakers Steve Price and Brent Tate. Both of these speakers provided inspirational words of encouragement and congratulations to Toolooa’s athletes.

In our show of support and recognition of sporting achievement, numerous pennants, certificates and trophies were presented to the deserving students who competed both in individual and team sports through the 2012 school year. The awards are far too numerous to mention, but it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sporting talent at Toolooa State High School. The highlight of these presentations was the crowning of the Junior and Senior Sportsperson of the year, and the team of the year. This year’s Junior Sportsperson of the year recipient was Georgia Muir, with Sam Smith taking out the Senior Sportsperson of the year award.

Throughout the year, Georgia achieved the following accolades which clearly indicate why he was chosen as Toolooa State High Schools 2012 Junior Sports person of the year: 

  • Swimming Age Champion
  • Athletics Age Champion
  • Cross Country Age Champion
  • Port Curtis Cross Country
  • Port Curtis Football
  • Port Curtis Track and Field
  • Port Curtis Touch
  • Capricornia Cross Country
  • Capricornia Track and Field
  • Capricornia Football
  • Interschool Netball
  • Interschool Mixed Netball
  • Interschool Touch
  • Interschool Volleyball
  • All Schools Touch Team
  • Qld Country All Stars Soccer
  • 2nd in Botanic to Bridge


Whilst Sam Smith achieved the following outcomes during his 2012 sporting year:

  • Age Champion Athletics
  • Best and Fairest Touch
  • Port Curtis Volleyball
  • Port Curtis Touch
  • Port Curtis Rugby League
  • Port Curtis Athletics
  • Capricornia Athletics (Bronze in hammer throw)
  • Interschool Touch
  • Interschool Rugby League
  • Gladstone Athletics Age Champion
  • Gladstone Athletics Senior Club Champion
  • Valleys Rugby League International Highest Point Scorer and Best Rep Player
  • Gladstone Rugby League Rep Player of the Year
  • Capras Best Back
  • U16 Qld State of Origin Rugby League
  • Qld Academy of Sport Rugby League Touring Team
  • Signed 4 year U20s NRL Contract with NQ Cowboys
  • Invited to Australian Institute of Sport (Rugby League)


The Year 8 Boys Rugby League Team, led by Mr Muir and Mr Hage, who achieved were able to secure their spot as the Port Curtis Rugby League champions earned them the title of Toolooa’s Sports Team of the year.

Raffle prizes

One of the other highlights of the night was the draw for the raffle prizes. Students had been busy selling tickets in the weeks leading up to the night.
The winners this year were:
  • 1st prize signed and framed Olympic Flag: Sally Pearson.
  • 2nd prize Daryl Rootes 6 Month Gym Membership at HUB Total Fitness: Michael Hankinson.
  • 3rd prize Anna Mears signed Hero Shot: Bruce Anderson.
  • 4th Prize Jhural Yow Yeh signed supports pack: Tahnee Guinea.


Toolooa State High School would like to thank the following sponsors for their financial support. Their continued support of our youths sporting achievements is greatly appreciated.

Gold Sponsors and Silver Sponsor:
Liz Cunningham, Rio Tinto Alcan, Sportscene, McDonald’s Family Restaurant, The Rock Building Society, Caltex Boyne River, Autopro Gladstone, Jetset Gladstone, HUB Total Fitness.

Special thanks to the following: Toolooa State High School: Physical Education staff, Coaches, Administration staff, Gladstone trophies, Scott Mercer (Groundsman).

And very special thank you to Ms Paap for her hard work in organising the evening.

In closing, this event could not have happened had it not been for the Toolooa students. The hard work, determination, commitment and mateship that these athletes have developed will continue to pay dividends long after their high school sporting achievements are forgotten. ​