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Grammar twice victorious at Queensland Pool Life Saving Championships

Date: May 14, 2018    Posted by: Megan Meineke

Sunshine Coast Grammar School has once again taken out the 2018 Primary and Secondary Queensland Royal Life Saving Pool Life Saving Championships hosted at Somerville House Aquatic Centre in Brisbane.

Competitors challenged themselves against a number of top teams from Brisbane and Toowoomba. The competition was split into Primary and Secondary categories of which Grammar won both for the second consecutive year.

After 18 years of weekend training sessions at the Nambour Pool, this year the training sessions moved to the School’s very own Aquatic Centre, which saw an increase in competitor numbers from 24 in 2017 to 44 from Years 3 to 12 in 2018.

Sunshine Coast Grammar School Teacher, Manager and Coach, Mrs Jeannie Baxter-Reid, is no stranger to Pool Life Saving. With more than forty years’ experience, Mrs Baxter-Reid was recognised in 2016 by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, for her outstanding contribution to Pool Lifesaving, and is now incredibly proud of her team.

“Our Secondary Team competed in five different events. The Secondary Girls’ Team of 20 competitors finished a credible second behind a very strong St Margarets’ team of 48 competitors. While the Grammar boys’ team won their competition, with a clean sweep of most of the events. When the females’ and the males’ scores were combined Sunshine Coast Grammar won the Overall point score for the second year in a row,” said Mrs Baxter-Reid.

“We also fielded 16 competitors in the Primary Team. They competed in six events and took out the boys, girls and overall point score.”

“Our Pool Life Saving team are great ambassadors for the school and the entire Sunshine Coast community. Each student worked tirelessly in the individual and team events which was evident by their excellent display of skills and sportsmanship throughout the competition,” said Mrs Baxter-Reid.

Students are now training for the Queensland Representative Team trials in August and hope to be selected to compete in the 2018 Australian Pool Life Saving Championships in January.

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