Former student named Wallabies Captain

It has been announced that Tate McDermott, a former student of Sunshine Coast Grammar School (2016), will be leading the Wallabies as their 86th captain in the upcoming Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks this Saturday, August 5 in Dunedin.  

The school and rugby community are overjoyed and proud of Tate’s selection as captain, citing his dedication, hard work, and talent as reasons for his success. 

Head of Secondary at Sunshine Coast Grammar, Mr Darren MacLeod-Paterson said that Tate has always demonstrated the qualities of a natural leader. His strong work ethic, commitment and willingness to give back are the qualities we have always admired in him. We are all so proud of his achievements.

His former coaches and friends have expressed their admiration for him and his achievements, and the school’s Rugby Academy continues to thrive, producing exceptional players who have gone on to represent higher levels in the sport.

“Tate’s dedication, hard work and talent have shone through and we couldn’t be happier for him. He continues to be an outstanding ambassador for our Rugby Program,” says Sunshine Coast Grammar Rugby Head Coach, Troy Atkins.

Former Sunshine Coast Grammar Rugby Coach and friend of Tate’s, Dan Robotham says the Club is extremely proud of Tate and his achievements. 

“Tate is a fantastic role model for our young rugby players and deserves every accolade. Our whole school community is right behind him.”

Grammar’s Rugby Academy continues to grow from strength to strength having recently claimed their 11th consecutive premiership at the prestigious Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Rugby Union Grand Finals. 

The victories serve as a testament to the exceptional coaching and unwavering support from our Rugby Academy. The Academy has supported many of its players to go on to represent higher levels in the code, including Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels, ACT Brumbies and the Wallabies.

The school eagerly anticipates watching Tate and his teammate Carter Gordon compete in the Bledisloe Cup, seeing their success as a testament to the values of hard work, discipline, and character.

“Both players have worked tirelessly from a young age to achieve their goals and this is proof that hard work, discipline and character are the pillars of success”, says Dan Robotham.