Cross country wrap-up

Congratulations on an outstanding cross country. Following are some of the highlights from this year.

CaSSSA Cross Country Championships (medium schools) – 1st

  • 12 years – 1st
  • 13 years – 1st
  • 14 years – 1st
  • 15 years – 1st
  • 16 years – 1st
  • 17 years – 4th

Cross Country Awards

  • Stuartholme Cross Country Runner of the Year – Lily Hunter
  • Spirit Awards – Ella Cole, Imogen White, Rachael Brown, Sophia Henderson
  • Coaches Encouragement Awards – Caitlin Scott, Sarah Long, Elizabeth Curtis, Sophia Stebbins, Alice Barry, Grace White
  • Captain’s Call – Alice Barry
  • Training Attendance Awards – Lily Hunter, Holly Robertson
  • 5 year Cross Country Merit Award – Claudia Neill

Representative Honours: Stuartholme sent a strong team of runners to the Brisbane Independent District (BID) Cross Country Trials at Parklands Christian College in early May with the following girls qualifying for the Met West Cross Country Trials – Lily Chapman (16 years), Rachael Brown (13 years), Lily Hunter (14 years), Sarah Long (17 years) and Ella Howie-Roy (15 years).

At the recent Met West Cross Country Trials, Lily Chapman and Lily Hunter both qualified for the Queensland Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships to be held at Bald Hills in July. Rachael Brown narrowly missed selection and is first reserve for her age group.

Stuartholme was also represented by Zoe Morris and Elizabeth Curtis at the Taylor Bridge District Cross Country Trials for 12 yrs girls.

Members of the cross country team also competed in a number of school-based  and club events in the lead-up to CaSSSA. I believe the benefit of these meets produced some outstanding results as it gave the girls some race practice.

Cross Country Captain: Jasmine Robertson in her role as Cross Country Captain for 2017 has done an incredible job in motivating the girls, supporting the cross country program and increasing the awareness of the sport across the school. Jasmine has been a terrific ambassador and whoever is selected for the role in the future will have very big shoes to fill. Jasmine, congratulations on all your hard work, effort and commitment to the cross country team in 2017. You have been a delight to work with.

Assistant Coach: this year we welcomed Emma Meyer to the role of assistant coach and what a fantastic job this young lady has done. I can’t thank Emma enough for the way she got behind the cross country program, giving all her energy and support to ensure the season was a success. I know the girls really liked having Emma on board and treated her with great respect. Many thanks Emma for everything you have done in 2017!

Sports Department: A very big thank you to Mrs Ferguson and Mrs McMain in the sports department for the huge amount of behind the scenes work that they do. Again, the cross country program would not be a success without this support, guidance and commitment.

Parents: the early morning starts, getting the girls to training and events, picking them up after training and assisting at events/functions are what parents do, right! From myself to you, it’s a very big thank you for this, I really appreciate the support that I have received from all the parents in 2017. Without parent support, the cross country program would not be a success. I can remember growing up and receiving the  same high level of support that I have seen given to the girls this year! Thank you!

The success of the cross country program comes from all of us working together to ensure the best possible outcomes! We now have the momentum, we need to harness all that energy and build for the future. Here’s to 2018 and beyond for the cross country program at Stuartholme.

Chris Gale
Cross Country Coach