Rising rugby star scores QUT Elite Athlete Scholarship
Date: February 20, 2018 Posted by: Megan Meineke
As the Super Rugby season prepares to kick off this weekend, St George Queensland Reds debutant Tate McDermott will have more than one reason to celebrate. The 2016 Sunshine Coast Grammar School Graduate has also been selected as a recipient of the QUT Vice Chancellor’s Elite Athlete Scholarship worth $30,000.
Tate, who has just completed his first pre-season with the Queensland squad will study a Bachelor of Secondary Education, majoring in Physical Education. The scholarship will help to cover the cost of his degree while progressing his career in professional rugby.
Most recently, Tate was selected to play for the Reds in the Global Rugby 10’s tournament in Brisbane where they made it through to the semi-finals and he will now make his official debut for the St George Queensland Reds against the Melbourne Rebels this Friday night.
“My main focus for the 2018 season will be to cement my spot in the team from week to week,” said Tate.
Tate hopes to follow in the footsteps of another Grammar Rugby old boy and Brumbies lock, Blake Enever (2008) who recently made his Wallabies debut against England last November.
“I hope I get the opportunity to play against Blake in the third round of the Super Rugby test when we take on the Brumbies on home soil at Suncorp on March 2,” said Tate.
“I am passionate about giving back and educating the younger generation, so down the track once I have finished my rugby career and completed my studies, I hope to get into the Education industry and make a real difference for the next generation of students and aspiring young athletes.”