St Mary's students exceed expectations in great year
AS St Mary's College students return to school today after a break, they can be reinvigorated by a terrific year of sporting success.
Entering the final term, College representatives have excelled in a number of sports with 22 Met West selections, three state representatives and two national achievers at school level.
However, for first year College sports co-ordinator Glenn Carpenter, that's just the start.
"I've gone in with a bit of enthusiasm and energy to try and promote the sports program and it's exceeded all expectations this year," Carpenter said.
"It's been an absolutely fantastic year."
Carpenter took over the role having been a PE teacher in Ireland and Australia, and having a Masters in sports coaching.
He also knows the Ipswich area well having attended St Peter Claver College.
The well-travelled sports co-ordinator makes no secret about his plans at St Mary's.
"This next term, we're looking at a bit of strategic planning to see how we can make it bigger and better," he said.
"It's a great enthusiastic College.
"The potential is endless and the girls are buying into the program, which is even more exciting."
That includes wanting to expand St Mary's sport into next year's CaSSSA (all-girls Catholic south east Queensland) competition.
"The message I'm trying to get out is I'm designing the program or developing the program to try and make St Mary's a powerhouse of girls' sport west of Brisbane," he said.
"I want the community to be aware that there is progress being made."
The College this year had 57 teams competing, including in the local CISSSA competition.
College students joined forces to win 12 championships and made five metropolitan finals in basketball, netball and touch football.
St Mary's College was the champion school in cheerleading at the WinterFest.
Carpenter is also proud of the College's performance at seven state and six invitational tournaments in sports such as futsal, football, Aussie rules and touch.
That included being Queensland Catholic Netball Association Division Two netball champions in year 8, 9 and opens.
"There's been some phenomenal achievements," he said.
"There's a lot of talent in that school. It's bubbling over."
The College's national representatives in school competition were Layla Eleison (under-18 hockey) and Alanna Perry (under-16 Aussie rules).
They were joined at state level by hockey umpire Miranda McNamara.
Other St Mary's Met West representatives were Georgia Coles (under-18 touch football and under-18 football); Alycia Toovey, Baylee Isaacs (under 18 touch football); Emily Coyne and Chloe Crick (under 15 touch); Maddison Hill (under 18 softball); Makaylah Nugent, Courtney O'Beirne, Britney Summerville (swimming team); Kelly McNamara (under-18 hockey, cross country and athletics); Olivia Harvey, Ella Milford, Hayley Wright, Majella Pearl (athletics); Gillian Chalmers (under 15 cricket) and Sally Head (state titles basketball official).
Focus on LIFTING participation
ONE of Glenn Carpenter's main goals at St Mary's College is to bolster the current participation rate from 45% to over 50% up to "two thirds".
"Too often you read articles and information about the increase of obesity, also girls dropping out of sport, particularly at the age of about 13 or 14," Carpenter said. "The basic premise, or the role that I have, is to try and encourage girls to get back involved in physical activity and sports again.
"I've done it before. I've done it in Ireland as well."