Sport at St Mary’s continues to be the highlight of many a student’s week. Sport offers our students the opportunity to let off that bit of steam and in many cases, allows the student to excel in his favourite activity and thus, gain recognition that would otherwise escape him. The sporting curriculum continues to offer a large variety of sporting pursuits. The philosophy has always been to offer our students the largest range of opportunities and indeed has operated on the premise that if a sport is viable through student and staff participation then that sport should be offered.
Our students continue to gain recognition for their sporting abilities with many students gaining Toowoomba and Darling Downs’ selection. A number of these students go on to gain selection in Queensland sides while a few select students gain the opportunity to represent Australia in their chosen sport.
The interschool sporting program is a very busy one, which commences in week one of term one and often continues until schools end in term four. There continues to be a proliferation of statewide competitions in a variety of sports. These competitions saw St Mary’s compete in the sports of:
- rugby league
St Mary’s College made the finals of the local division in most of these sports.
St Mary’s teams finished 10th in division two Open Basketball and narrowly missed out on the top eight in the Arrive Alive Cup Rugby League Queensland competition. The Confraternity Carnival saw two St Mary’s rugby league teams compete with the Firsts finishing a creditable sixth in the prestigious competition and our Seconds finished sixteenth in a forty team prestigious competition. The U15 Bill Turner Cup squad was defeated in the regional final. The Cricket Firsts were unable to make it past the local area this year in the State Cup. The College First Touch and the U15 Teams each finished in the top sixteen at the All Schools Touch championships.
Our successes in all of these competitions highlight the depth and strength of the sport program at the College.
Sport at St Mary’s expects and encourages involvement. To participate and prepare to the best of one’s ability is not only encouraged but also expected. Each and every student has the opportunity to express himself in the sporting program of the school at the level of his ability. Sport offers and teaches students so much about life that it would be a shame to lose it. The successes of any sporting program are measured not by premierships but by participation and the development of characteristics such as strong leadership, commitment, sportsmanship, loyalty, and dedication within the participants. With these as our yardsticks, we are pleased to announce that sport at St Mary’s is alive and well.