IGS dominance on the line
IPSWICH Grammar School's athletics success creates high expectations every year about this time.
But as he prepares to lead his school's team into the annual GPS athletics carnival at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre today, Alec Teevan isn't feeling the pressure.
It could be that as school captain, the IGS athletics captain is used to pressure.
Or that, with final year exams looming, he has other things to worry about.
"I think it can be a bit of a challenge," Teevan said of juggling the books with athletics commitments.
"It's about prioritising.
"Track and field is instrumental part of what we do at school.
"It is very important to us to have the educational side of things at Grammar as well as the extra curricular activities and track and field is one of those."
Grammar are defending champions and have won 12 of the past 15 titles, having wrested it back from Nudgee College last year.
"From a team captain's perspective I'd like to go down as having won the premiership," Teevan said.
"Track and field has a rich and successful history here.
"Since I've been here we've only lost once and I don't want to do it again.
"Last year was a bit of a relief to be able to bring the trophy back to the school."
The pressure does not to translate to anxiety however, because Teevan knows the athletics team has the full support of the school.
"It's not just about the athletes," he said.
"It's the whole school.
"It is something we hold close to us and the whole school community enjoys. I think it comes across in a good sense.
"Everyone is there to support us, not put the team down if we don't win.
"The sense of community is very strong and is one of our four core values.
"I don't see (the pressure to succeed) as a negative."
Last year Grammar shaded Nudgee thanks to its consistency across the board, rather than a string of spectacular individual performances and Teevan hopes for something similar this time around.
"It's a tough competition this year," he said.
"If we do what we do best I think we should do well.
"I think it will just be about consistency across the board."
The captain rates IGS's throwers and sprinters as the team's strengths this year and anticipates big things from year 10 student Liam Johnstone in the 100m and 200m sprints.
"He's back from a hammy strain at the state titles," Teevan said.
"Knowing Liam I'm sure he'll perform to the best of his ability."
Teevan hopes for a medal from his three events, the 400m, 200m and four by 100m relay.
- Favourite athletes: Usain Bolt, Sally Pearson.
- Biggest influence: My coach of eight years Di Sheppard (IGS athletics coach).
- Best advice: Don't over-complicate it.
- Pre-race meal: Pasta.
- Favourite TV show: Friends.
- Favourite music: Whatever is on the radio.
- Currently reading: Lazarus Rising (John Howard autobiography).