Highest honour for sporting superstars
SCHOOL SPORTS: Making a national side isn’t something every school athlete gets the opportunity to do.
But Will Gilmore’s 2019 was one to remember.
The Scots PGC College student qualified for the Australian All Schools championship in December, representing the school and the region in hammer throw, despite discus being his preferred event.
“As soon as you go to that level everyone steps up and it’s so much harder to place,” Gilmore said.
“Everyone is taking it a lot more seriously and it’s a lot more competition.
Despite participating in a number of team sports, athletics is more prominent on Gilmore’s calendar.
“I prefer the individual sports, because my results are a reflection of what I do and not what the team does,” he said.
“I think it puts more emphasis on me, and makes me want to work harder because I have to get the results and not the team.”
On Wednesday, the year 10 student was awarded Scots most prestigious sporting award- Sportsman of the Year.
Director of co-curricular activities Peter Wilson said the award is recognition for student’s achievements across a variety of sports.
“We generally award this award based on the pathways through Education Queensland school sports,” Wilson said.
“I think school sport is unique, because you are with them a lot of the time, it’s pretty powerful in terms of mateship.”
While Gilmore took out the sportsman of the year award, fellow year 10 student Shona McFarland was awarded sportswoman of the year following her selection in the regional rugby 7s side.
“I love rugby – I love watching it and I love running with the ball,” McFarland said.
“It’s the fastest growing sport in the world for women.”
It wasn’t only senior students who were awarded, with Hayley Wainwright taking out junior sportswoman for athletics and cross country.
While Bailey Harm was awarded junior sportsman having been selected to represent Queensland in the under 12s swimming team.