As we often do at the end of each year, we reflect and offer our congratulations to the following Prince of Peace Senior Campus students who have achieved either National, State or Regional representative selection through school sport pathways in 2017:
Mattias Forbes-Schutz – Cross Country/Track & Field
Mattias has earned Queensland sporting representative honours in two different disciplines during 2017 – cross-country plus track & field. He first achieved a district age champion medal (as well as new district record), then repeated this effort at the Regional Championships before going on to finish in second place overall at the QLD Championships. This resulted in Mattias representing his state at the Athletics Australia All Schools Championships in Kembla where he finished first place in the U14 boys division, therefore being crowned National Champion. Mattias also recently won the 13yrs boys 1500m race at the QLD Secondary Schools Championships, also earning QLD selection for the upcoming All Schools Track & Field Championships to be held in Adelaide.
Eren Kocer – Futsal
As a result of Eren representing the College at the 2016 Australian Schools Championships in Coomera, he was selected to represent QLD at the National Inter-State Titles in Adelaide at the beginning of this year. Eren’s U14 QLD team had a very successful tournament, and at the conclusion of the event were crowned national champions. He was then selected in the Australian U14 boys team that travelled to Sao Paulo in Brazil in July this year to play on an international stage. Eren’s team played against teams from Brazil, Bolivia and Pakistan.
Seth Street-Thompson – Hockey
Seth represented the U12 North District boys Hockey team at the Metropolitan North Regional Championships. At the end of the event, he was selected for the Met North team that competed at the QLD Championships in Brisbane. At the conclusion of the State Championships, Seth was then selected in the Queensland team that travelled recently to Adelaide to compete in the 12yrs National Championships.
Stephanie Bleckwehl – Track & Field
Stephanie bounced back from a serious foot injury suffered at the beginning of the year to be awarded both district and regional track & field selection. She represented the College at the Metropolitan North trials in both the 16yrs girls 400m and 800m track events held at the University of Queensland, winning both events comfortably to gain selection in the regional team to compete at the QLD Schools Championships. At this event, Stephanie finished in fourth place in the 400m and fifth place in the 800m.
Cooper Schmidt – Track & Field
Cooper excelled during 2017 in his chosen events of triple jump & hurdles, recently gaining selection in the Queensland team for the Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide for the U16 boys triple jump. This came off the back of him first representing the College at the District and Regional Championships held at the University of Queensland in August this year. This included being awarded 16yrs boys age champion at the District Championships. Cooper had very successful Regional Championships competing in the boys 16yrs 110m hurdles (second place – by 0.03 of a second!), long jump (7th place) and triple jump (4th place).
Daniel Di Giandomenico – Track & Field
Daniel continued to excel at track & field during 2017, especially in his pet event of discus. He began by representing the College at the District and Regional Championships held at the University of Queensland in August, winning both the javelin and discus events in the 16yrs boys division. Having gained selection in the Metropolitan North team to compete in the QLD Schools Championships at the State Athletic Centre in the discus, Daniel won a silver medal at the conclusion of his event. This was also after a disjointed preparation due to a niggling back injury.
Alex King – Hockey
Alex successfully gained selection in the Metropolitan North boys 19yrs & under hockey team that represented the region and competed at the QLD Schools Championships held in Townsville in May of this year.
Toby Bunt – Hockey
Toby was selected in the North District 12yrs boys hockey team that represented the district at the Regional Championships held in April of this year. As a result of his performances at the Metropolitan North Championships, Toby was selected as a shadow player for the Met North team.
Heidi Noon – Cross Country/Track & Field
At her very first District Secondary Schools Cross-Country Championships, Heidi was awarded the 12yrs girls age champion medal after winning the event for her age group. She then went on to represent the College at the Metropolitan North Regional Championships held at St Paul’s, Bald Hills. Also, Heidi represented the College at the Regional Track & Field Championships held at the University of Queensland in August, competing in the 12yrs girls 200m and 800m events.
Charlotte Stephens – Equestrian
Charlotte Stephens has been competing in show jumping and combined training (both show jumping and dressage at one event), proudly representing the College. Charlotte attended the South East Queensland Regional Equestrian event in Beaudesert and qualified for the Queensland titles in June.