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Women in Sport Breakfast


The Women in Sport Breakfast is a yearly event which is attended by approximately 700 school girls from the South-East Queensland area. Highlights of the morning include the presentation of the Queensland Schoolgirl Athlete of the Year and interviews with a panel of elite female athletes who are high achievers in their sport. This event provides recognition of the incredible sporting talent amongst women and girls in Queensland.  The 2017 Women in Sport Breakfast will be held on 25 October 2017 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibiton Centre. Table bookings are now being taken.


Nominations Now Open

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ACHPER QLD promotes active and healthy lifestyles in education communities across Queensland. ACHPER QLD’s annual Women in Sport Breakfast aims to celebrate female sporting achievements and inspire the next generation to get active

ACHPER QLD invites schools to nominate female students to be recognised during the 2017 Women in Sport Breakfast.

We aim to celebrate achievements in both sporting performance and contribution to sporting activities. Our three categories this year are as follows:

Junior Star: Outstanding sporting performance by a female athlete aged 14 years and under at a local, state or national level. Click here for nomination form and full entry details.

Senior Star: Outstanding sporting performance by a female athlete aged 15 years and over at a local, state or national level. Click here for nomination form and full entry details and conditions.

Service to Sport: Students who have significantly contributed to school or club sport and/or the sporting pursuit of others (for example coaching, officiating, administration). Click here for nomination form and full entry details and conditions.

Please note: Each award has its own nomination form.

All students entered in the junior and senior star categories will be eligible for the "Queensland Schoolgirl Athlete of the Year Award* which will be presented to 2017's most outstanding student.

Recipients of Commended and Highly Commended Awards and the finalists for the Qld Schoolgirl Athlete of the Year Award will be announced on our website on Tuesday 3 October.

The winners will be announced at the 2017 Women in Sport Breakfast on Wednesday 25 October.

The student's achievements are for the October 2016 - September 2017 period only. Achievements prior to this date will not be considered.  Nominees must also complete a brief "Student Statement" to personally express their suitability for a 2017 Sports Star Award. This forms an important part of the decision making process by the judging panel.

Please return completed nomination form(s) to ACHPER QLD at by 5pm, Friday 8 September 2017.

* All awards are the responsibility of the ACHPER QLD Management Committee. Decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered in to.


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The UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences "Inspirational HPE Teacher Award* is designed to recognise hard-working Health and Physical Education teachers who dedicate their valuable time and energy to support, lead and inspire school students to achieve their personal best in H/PE, sport or other active pursuit.

ACHPER QLD invites students to nominate HPE teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in their teaching and/or coaching. Reasons for nomination should focus on school sport, HPE classes and any other relevant and inspirational stories. Nominating students must also seek supporting testimonials from five students from their school.

Click here for nomination form and full entry details and conditions.

Please return completed nomination form to ACHPER QLD at by 5pm, Friday 8 September 2017.

* All awards are the responsibility of the ACHPER QLD Management Committee. Decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered in to.


Lucky Patterson - Australian Paralympic Swimmer


Lakeisha Patterson OAM, otherwise known as Lucky, has become Queensland’s very own golden girl. Patterson started swimming at the age of Five as part of her rehabilitation to overcome muscle stiffness from her Cerebral Palsy left Hemiplegia. After falling in love with the water and the discovering of para-swimming, she started competing nationally at 13 years old. After one year of competing and rapid improvement she was announced on the Australian Junior Development Team.

One year later and more continual improvements, she made her international debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, being the youngest member on the Australian Swim Team for the games at 15 years old. She went on to win the bronze medal in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S8. After the games, Patterson headed straight to Pasadena, California for the 2014 Pan-Pacific Para Swimming championships where she collected a further five medals.

She wasn’t going to stop there. Her ultimate goal was to make the Rio Paralympic Games Team. In April 2016 she was selected as part for the Australian Paralympic Team to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. But not only did she reach this goal, she then went on to win Australia’s first gold medal of the Rio Paralympics, in winning the Women’s 400m Freestyle S8 on the opening night of competition. She also set a new World record, Paralympic record and Oceania record.

After an astonishing Paralympic Games debut, Patterson returned as one of Australia’s most decorated Paralympians from the games. Now an Ambassador for Aspirations for Kids in Sport and Funkita Swimwear, a Queensland Academy of Sport scholarship holder and just recently being named as on Order of Australia Medal recipient, Lakeisha’s career is only just beginning! She has also been named on the Australian Dolphins Swim Team headed to Mexico City, to compete at the World Para Swimming Championships in September, all while trying to tick off her main goal of completing year 12 this year.


Kate McCarthy - Brisbane Lions AFLW


Kate was just 10 years old when she had multiple seizures in a day. Initially the doctors thought it was epilepsy related, however they later discovered she had a grade-three heart blockage and her heart could no longer maintain its own rhythm. Something very unusual in someone so young and active. Doctors weren’t sure if she would ever be able to play sport again, but she didn’t let that stop her. After representing Australia in Touch Football and running at the Pan Pacific Youth Games in the 100m and 200m, Kate has also represented Queensland in cricket. Surprisingly, Kate has only been playing AFL for 2 two years, playing for Yeronga South Brisbane before being drafted to the Brisbane Lion’s at pick number 82 in the first Women’s National Draft. She is an outside midfielder, known for her lightning fast speed and ability to score goals. She played every game in the 2017 Inaugural AFLW season, including the first ever AFLW Grand Final. She was selected in the All Australian team and nominated for 'Goal of the Year.' Her success in the sporting arena is not the only thing that motivates Kate. She has chosen to be strong contributor to her community working as a secondary education teacher and has recently been an announced as an ambassador for the Heart Foundation. The Heart Foundation played a vital role in the research behind the invention of the pacemaker.


St Mary's College Dance Program


We are excited to announce that the St Mary's College Dance Program will be performing at the 2017 WISB.

Established in 2015, the St Mary’s College Dance Program has grown in leaps and bounds in just three years. A small Catholic girls school in Ipswich, St Mary’s College has over half of its population participating in the Dance Program. With state of the art dance facilities in the College’s new Riverside Precinct, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of dance styles; from Tap to Bollywood, Musical Theatre to Hip Hop, and everything in between.

The College’s 44-strong Dance Troupe has competed widely over the past three years, achieving some tremendous results at many Performing Arts Challenges and Dance Eisteddfods. They also feature in the St Mary’s and St Edmund’s Colleges’ 2017 Musical Hairspray. The St Mary’s College Dance Troupe will provide the entertainment for this year’s Women in Sport Breakfast. They will be performing Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre pieces to showcase the talent and diversity of the Ipswich Dance Community. The girls are very much looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to help celebrate the incredible achievements of women.  


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