Rugby star returns to Grammar for media conference
Date: September 8, 2017 Posted by: Sophie Thompson
Bond University Queensland Country scrumhalf Tate McDermott returned to home soil this week visiting Sunshine Coast Grammar School, ahead of Bond University Queensland Country v McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City National Rugby Championship (NRC) derby, which will be played at Noosa Dolphins RFC this Saturday, 9 September. Since graduating from Grammar in 2016 Tate was chosen to train with Queensland Reds Rugby this season ahead of a three-year contract which commences in 2018.
Staff and students at Grammar enjoyed catching up with Tate today as he spoke to local media ahead of Saturday’s game, about the opportunities the Sunshine coast now offers rugby players.
With a bright future ahead Tate said, “The experience I have gained from training with the Queensland Reds players has been invaluable.”
“The Sunshine Coast is producing some very talented rugby players and as the region continues to grow there is definitely more opportunity for future stars. Grammar provided me with great opportunities and support in the three and a half years I was a student, and I really enjoy helping out when I can.”
As a Grammar Alumnus, Tate continues to be involved with Grammar Rugby when time permits. Earlier this season Tate generously assisted with coaching and mentorship on a weekly basis to younger rugby players at Grammar.
After the media conference students from the Under 15’s and Under 14’s Grammar Rugby teams enjoyed catching up with Tate including a few coaching tips.
When not in training or attending other rugby commitments, Tate enjoys being a Life Guard at The University of Queensland Sport Aquatic Centre in St Lucia, Brisbane.