2013 Award Winners

In 2013 the ACHPER QLD Awards were presented as part of the Brisbane HPE Conference in an effort to promote outstanding achievements to a larger audience of peers and businesses. 

Congratulations to all who nominated and especially to those who took out awards. Special mention should be made of Maree Dinan Thompson from James Cook University who was the very worthy recipient of the Teresa Carlson Award.

Thank you to all who nominated and attended for making the event a great success.


Name School
School Student Award Katie Gould St Margaret Mary's College, Townsville
Pre – Service Teacher Award Sune Klopper, Rebecca Manns, Kayley McCorley Indigenous Youth Sport Program, UQHMS,
Quality Teacher Award Tony McNee Dakabin State School
Quality HPE Program Award 2 x Highly Commended Awards Dakabin State School & Rochdale State School
Professional Development Award Dr Louise McCuaig University Of Queensland, Human Movement Studies
David Keating Volunteer Award Caroline Brooks ACHPER QLD - Vice President
Teresa Carlson Award Maree Dinan Thompson James Cook University

Thank you to all who nominated. 

Pre Service Teacher Award - Sponsored by AUSTSWIM

Sune Klopper, Rebecca Manns & Kayley McCorley - UQ, HMS

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The Indigenous Youth Sport Program (IYSP) event run at The University of Queensland for more than 130 Indigenous students (10-16 years old) from the Greater Brisbane area. IYSP provides an opportunity for Indigenous students to participate in team building and sporting activities, and experience university as a potential pathway after high school.

Sune Klopper, Rebecca Manns and Kayley McCorley significantly contributed to the program through their outstanding leadership, teaching skills and knowledge of engaging pedagogies. They displayed empathy, compassion, patience and good humour throughout as they supported the participants in this intensive program.

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Quality Teacher Award - Sponsored by HART Sport

Tony McNee, Dakabin State School,

HART Sport

Tony is a PE teacher at Dakabin State School which is home to  440 students including over 14% with disability

Tony Motivates, encourages and supports and inspires students to be the best they can. He is an excellent role model, especially for young men and boys at school.

Tony actively teaches and mentors young people with challenging behaviours. He has increased participation rates in interschool sport by 30% by working with both students and teachers in the school to increase their commitment to the school sporting program.

He also actively engages with local community organisations and sports to provide a wide and varied program for school students.

Congratulation Tony and thank you for the wonderful work you are doing at Dakabin State School.

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Quality HPE Program Award - Sponsored by HART Sport

Dakabin State School & Rochedale State School

HART Sport

In this instance we did not receive any nominations that we felt strongly enough to grant the Quality HPE Program Award to, however after receiving teacher nominations from both schools we decided that they would both be acknowledged as Highly Commended in this category.

Dakabin State School & Rochdale State School.

Paul from HART Sport has kindly agreed to split the prize voucher of $250 between the two schools and each will receive $125 HART Sport Voucher.

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Professional Development Award

Dr Louise McCuaig - UQ, HMS

Louise McCuaig

Louise McCuaig has made a significant and sustained contribution to professional development of ACHPER members and the Queensland Health and Physical Education profession over many years

Louise’s commitment to and demonstration of high quality pedagogy in HPE extends well beyond the walls of her University of Queensland classroom. In Louise’s considerable involvement with ACHPER QLD, Queensland Studies Authority committees and panels, Family Planning Queensland and many more organisations, she has advocated for, developed and delivered high quality professional development experiences for HPE teachers.

Louise was responsible for the development of a conference for early career teachers in HPE, conference programs for North Queensland, Central Queensland and Brisbane ACHPER conferences over a number of years through her involvement on the management committee of ACHPER QLD. Louise has presented and led many thought provoking professional development sessions. Her PD sessions always challenge professionals to go beyond their comfort zone and learn more about how they can be a better teacher. In all environments where I have witnessed Louise in action, I have noted that Louise’s “classrooms” are warm and supportive, where students and/or HPE professionals are inspired to academically risk take and challenge their own understandings and sensibilities.  

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David Keating Volunteer Award

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Caroline Brooks received the Award of Fellow of ACHPER in 2010 in recognition of her lengthy involvement and contribution to ACHPER.

As a member of the ACHPER QLD management committee since 2004, Caroline is a long standing and valued member of the committee always reliable and passionate.

Caroline has convened over 10 ACHPER QLD Conferences, here in Brisbane and North Queensland and has contributed countless hours of service to ensure quality professional development for HPE teachers is available.

Over the past 6 months, Caroline has increased her contribution to ACHPER QLD by presenting to small groups of HPE teachers via the Regional Sports Officers,  and has provided voluntary support to new project initiatives that ACHPER QLD are undertak9ing in partnership with QUT in regards to providing PD for Early Childhood teachers and primary physical activity programs

Caroline is a deserving winner of the Volunteer Award.

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School Student Award

Katie Gould, St Margaret Mary's College, Townsville

Congratulations to Katie Gould of St Margaret Mary's College, Townsville on being awarded the Snowscene School Student Award in 2013.  Katie was able to travel down from Townsville with her parents to attend the Women in Sport Breakfast where she was presented with her award. 

About Katie

Katie has been Anunaka House captain during 2013 and in this role Katie goes to extraordinary lengths to promote house spirit and participation at all carnivals.  She goes above and beyond what is required at these events and participates in all events.  She is always out and about encouraging all students to “have a go”.  She organised “yellow food snacks” (the house colour) at the carnival and even hosted an after carnival party which was held at school during lunchtime just to say well done and thank you to her house members for their participation.

At the school fun run Katie demonstrated initiative and leadership to organise the inaugural Beat the Street Fun Run which was held at a local park on a Saturday morning.  The event was a fundraiser for St Vincent’s de Paul.  She promoted the event at school via posters and on assembly.  Katie approached businesses to obtain donations to use as prizes for best dressed or fastest runners.  She prepared fruit platters and refreshment for all participants to enjoy at the end of the course.  An amazing organisational feat by a 17 year old student!

Katie is Captain of the SMMC Vicki Wilson netball team:  Katie leads by example and puts in 100% in every game.  She has ensured that all girls felt an integral part of the team which is really important as the ages range from 13 to 17 years.  In her quiet manner she interacts and encourages her fellow team members, she leads the team with passion and persistence.

Katie is also a member of the SMMC Senior Sport Committee.  She is vocal at these meetings and is often suggesting ways to promote and encourage participation in physical activity at the college.  One suggestion was lunchtime sports competitions with staff and all year levels having the opportunity to participate.  She is always suggesting new ways to promote physical activity and sport.

As a member of the Senior PE class, through her actions Katie often inspires others in the class to work to the best of their ability.  She always participates in activities and gives 100%.  She will always treat others with respect and dignity regardless of their ability level.

And this from Katie’s nominating teacher “after teaching for over 25 years, Katie is one of the most committed students that I have seen.  She talks the talk, but more importantly walks the talk. Everything she does is 100% effort and determination.  She is also very humble about her achievements”.

Wow!  Congratulations Katie on your much deserved award and good luck in the future!

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