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Kirby is a very talented and diligent teacher who has an excellent rapport with her students and fellow staff.
Kirby was the Sports Coordinator at Wavell for the past 6 years, has been the Queensland 19 Girls Volleyball Coach for a number of years (winning 4 straight national titles in a row) and has periodically acted as the Head of Department of HPE in 2016.
She teaches 4 senior classes across Health and Physical Education as well as junior classes which is quite a task in itself. Not only has she been teaching full time (including her coordinator role), she also completed her Masters of Education in Leadership last year as well as being an elite cricket player with the Queensland Fire/Heat.
She always has plenty of time for her students with not just any on-task questions, but also happy to listen to any personal issues or problems that they ask her advice on. She has a very professional approach to any coaching she does and always seems to get the best from her students or from her athletes both on and off the court. Despite pursuing her own truly amazing sporting career, she continues to inspire and develop the students of Wavell State High School. Kirby not only strives to be her best but also inspires others to do the same.
ACHPER QLD received three nominations for Kirby with 15 lengthy student statements reflecting the immense respect and admiration they hold for her. She is a very worthy recipient of the 2016 Inspirational Teacher Award.
The Minister for Sport, the Honorable Curtis Pitt MP, presented Miela Goodchild from Moreton Bay College and Minna Atherton from Brisbane Girls Grammar School with their ACHPER QLD 2016 Shining Star Awards at the Women in Sport Breakfast. The Shining Star award is usually presented to the schoolgirl with the most significant achievements in sport over the past twelve months. The judging panel was unable to split their decision as both girls are world champions in their respective sports of basketball and swimming. Congratulations to Minna and Miela!
Miela was part of the history making Australian Sapphires Basketball team that recently won the under 17 World Championship in Spain. This is the first time an Australian Junior Basketball team (male or female) has won a world championship. Miela was the MVP of the Australian U16 Junior Championship in 2015 where her team won the gold medal. In 2016 her U18 Queensland team came second in the Australian Championships. As a result of her achievements she was recently named the Basketball Queensland Female Player of the Year which is an adult award. Congratulations to Miela for her achievements.
Minna was equally successful in her sport of swimming. She won gold in the 100m backstroke at the 2015 Junior World Championships, setting a junior world record. At the same meet she:
Congratulations to Minna for her success in the past 12 months.
Congratulations to the following students who received Sporting Star Awards for either sporting performance, sporting endeavour or sporting service.
|Madeline||Adgo||Mt Maria College||Performance||Gymnastics|
|Sarah||Birchall||Bulimba State School||Performance||Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Cross Country & Athletics|
|Reggie||Bradshaw||Southern Cross Catholic College||Performance||Cross Country|
|Georgina||Cadman||Lourdes Hill College||Performance||Netball|
|Gemma||Casaceli||Ipswich Junior Grammar School||Performance||Athletics|
|Tiah||Churchward||Boonah State High School||Performance||Track & Field, Vigoro, Netball & T20 Cricket|
|Trinity||Doolan||Richlands East State School||Endeavour||Touch Football & Rugby League|
|Jetaya||Faifua||Helensvale State High School||Performance||Touch Football|
|Tayleigh||Fry-Allan||Mundubbera State P-10||Performance||Swimming|
|Sabrina||Guse||Bulimba State School||Performance||Swimming, Athletics, Hockey & Cross Country|
|Destiny||Mino||Mt Gravatt East State School||Performance||Basketball|
|Lily||Neill||St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary||Performance||Touch Football & Athletics|
|Seelanna||Sooalo||Richlands East State School||Endeavour||Rugby League|
|Olivia||Vidoni||St Thomas More College||Performance||Multi-Sports|
|Mia||Bailey||St Monica's College||Performance||Football|
|Ella||Bazant||Calamvale Community College||Performance||AFL|
|Breeanna||Betzold||St Mary's College, Ipswich||Performance||Race Walking|
|Abbey||Callander||North Lakes State College||Performance||Golf|
|Emily||Campbell||Lourdes Hill College||Performance||Athletics|
|Eliza||Dowell||Lourdes Hill College||Performance||Cycling|
|Charlee||Drake||Tamborine Mountain College||Performance||Diving|
|Portia||Eden||St Michael's School, Gordonvale||Performance||BMX|
|Shekinah||Friske||Cleveland District State High School||Performance||Football|
|Charlotte||Graham||Helensvale State High School||Service||Touch Football|
|Richelle||Hill||The Gap State High School||Performance||Track & Field, Triathlon & Cross Country|
|Rebecca||Jacobson||Craigslea State High School||Performance||Swimming|
|Zoe||Manning||St Peters Lutheran College||Performance||Cross Country & Athletics|
|Ella||Mar Fan||Lourdes Hill College||Performance||Trampolining|
|Phoebe||Marsh||Somerville House||Service||Softball & Cricket|
|Nadege||Mindel||St Monica's College||Performance||Artistic Gymnastics|
|Rahni||O'Dea||Mary MacKillop College||Performance||Taekwondo|
|Sophee||O'Dea||Mary MacKillop College||Performance||Taekwondo|
|Victoria||Owokran||Jubilee Christian College, Atherton||Endeavour||Athletics, Cross Country & Football|
|Tyla||Proctor||St Margaret's Anglican Girls School||Performance||Athletics|
|Jade||Starr||Southern Cross Catholic College||Performance||Swimming, Cross Country & Track & Field|
|Sophie||Vercoe||Calamvale Community College||Performance||Athletics|
|Erin||Wright||St Mary's College, Ipswich||Performance||Athletics|
|Caitlyn||Ayling||Mt Maria College||Performance||Futsal|
|Ashlee||Bass||Mary MacKillop College||Performance||Swimming|
|Stephanie||Blackwehl||Prince of Peace Lutheran College||Performance||Track & Field|
|Jessica||Bradley||Mount Alvernia College||Performance||Cricket|
|Courteney||Bromage||Parklands Christian College||Performance||AFL & Athletics|
|Elly||Burling||St Mary's College, Ipswich||Performance||Swimming|
|Emily||Caton||St Peters Lutheran College||Performance||Hockey|
|Kamala||Cemeljic||Southern Cross Catholic College||Performance||AFL|
|Ashley||Condon||San Sisto College||Service||School Sport|
|Deanne||Elliott||Southern Cross Catholic College||Performance||Athletics|
|Alyssa||Fearns||St Margaret Mary's||Performance||Hockey|
|Genevieve||Ferguson||Moreton Bay College||Performance||Hockey|
|Chloe||Fisher||Redlands College||Performance||Sports Aerobics|
|Lilly||Green||Mt Maria College||Performance||Oztag|
|Ellie||Hampson||William Ross State High School||Performance||Football|
|Abbey||Hancock||Faith Lutheran College, Plainland||Service||AFL. Touch Football, Athletics, Netball|
|Jessi||Henning||Dalby State High School||Performance||AFL|
|Amy||Hollyman||St John Fisher College||Service||School Sport|
|Abbie||Hurnall||Brisbane Girls Grammar School||Performance||Artistic Gynmnastics|
|Taylor||Jones||Mount Alvernia College||Performance||Squash|
|Natalie||Kassulke||Mundubbera State P-10||Service||Netball & Volleyball|
|Alexis||Kelly||Southern Cross Catholic College||Performance||Netball|
|Rhiannon||Kemp||Clontarf Beach State High School||Performance||Softball|
|Talosaga||Kia||Canterbury College||Performance||Track & Field|
|Tania||Klein Miloslavich||Townsville State High School||Performance||Volleyball|
|Emily||Kroenert||Craigslea State High School||Performance||Volleyball|
|Jessica||Marriott||San Sisto College||Service||School Sport|
|Nyalela||Obonno||Mary MacKillop College||Performance||Basketball & Track & Field|
|Natasha||Pidgeon||Northpine Christian College||Performance||Athletics|
|Carmel||Prince||Boonah State High School||Service||Vigoro & School Sport|
|Madeline||Rogers||Southern Cross Catholic College||Performance||Netball & Athletics|
|Emily||Schonfisch||Tamborine Mountain College||Performance||Track & Field|
|Georgia||Sheehan||Lourdes Hill College||Performance||Diving|
|Elenoa||Sing||The Gap State High School||Performance||Volleyball|
|Rebecca||Smith||Loreto College Coorparoo||Service||Waterpolo & Netball|
|Ciera||Stafford||Loreto College Coorparoo||Performance||Cross Country, Athletics & Rowing|
|Olivia||Stevens||Mt Maria College||Performance||Baseball|
|Lauren||Stieler||St Mary's College, Ipswich||Performance||Squash|
|Shaney||Swaney||Redlands College||Performance||Surf Lifesaving|
|Julie||Tarrant||Redlands College||Endeavour and Service||Volleyball, Discus and High Jump|
|Ella||Taylor||Boonah State High School||Performance||Netball, Touch, Athletics & Cross Country|
|Cavelyn||Turner||Mt Maria College||Performance||Inline Hockey|
|Darcy||Voce||Tamborine Mountain College||Performance||Acrobatic Gymnastics|
|Amber||Weale||Boonah State High School||Performance||Football & Futsal|
|Jessica||Webster||Redlands College||All||Volleyball, Athletics & Swimming|
|Rachel||Wood||Faith Lutheran College, Plainland||Performance||Squash, Netball & Touch Football|
|Hayley||Wright||St Mary's College, Ipswich||Performance||Athletics|
|Cassidy||Young||Redlands College||Performance||AFL, Volleyball & Lifesaving,|
|Hayley||Andrews||Townsville State High School||Performance||Basketball|
|Minna||Atherton||Brisbane Girls Grammar School||Performance||Swimming|
|Brittany||Barrett||Grace College Rothwell||Service||Oztag|
|Sarah||Beale||Moreton Bay College||Performance||Swimming|
|Lauren||Berndt||Mount Alvernia College||Service||Hockey|
|Lauren||Berndt||Mount Alvernia College||Performance||Hockey|
|Mikaela||Bretz||Saint Monica's College, Cairns||Performance||Track & Field|
|Lauren||Butler||Grace College Rothwell||Performance||Soccer|
|Alessia||Cerasani||St Teresa's Catholic College||Performance||Waterpolo|
|Gillian||Chalmers||St Mary's College, Ipswich||Performance||Cricket|
|Tamzin||Christofel||St Mary's College, Ipswich||Performance||Tae Kwon Do|
|Lily||Collier||Mt St Michael's College||Performance||Hockey|
|Ella||Connolly||St Columban's College, Caboolture||Performance||Athletics & Touch Football|
|Lucinda||Crouch||St Margaret's Anglican Girls College||Performance||Athletics & Cross Country|
|Lara||Crouch||St Margaret's Anglican Girls College||Performance||Athletics & Cross Country|
|Julia||Dunning||Craigslea State High School||Performance||Volleyball|
|Cara||Feain-Ryan||Moreton Bay College||Performance||Athletics & Middle Distance Running|
|Meila||Goodchild||Moreton Bay College||Performance||Basketball|
|Tori||Groves-Little||Beenleigh State High School||Performance||AFL & Athletics|
|Jordan||Harton||St Mary's College, Ipswich||Service||Basketball Refereeing|
|Chloe||Humphreys||St Thomas More College||Performance||Baseball & Softball|
|Sohpie||Johnson||Moreton Bay College||Performance||Diving|
|Annabel||Kennedy||St Margaret's Anglican Girls College||Performance||Cross Country|
|Jaydah||Lawrence-Pou||Craigslea State High School||Performance||Volleyball|
|Tianah||List||Moreton Bay College||Performance||Athletics & Softball|
|Molly||McGill||St Thomas More College||Performance||BMX|
|Leesa||Mi Mi||Carmel College||Performance||Netball & Touch Football|
|Bailie||Nash||Cleveland District State High School||Performance||Surf Lifesaving|
|Olivia||Nendick||North Lakes State College||Performance||Cyclocross & Tre-X Triathlon|
|Lakeisha||Patterson||St Columban's College, Caboolture||Performance||Swimming|
|Mary||Ross||Lourdes Hill College||Service||AFL Umpiring|
|Kirrily||Siebenhausen||St Margaret's Anglican Girls College||Performance||Swimming|
|Katelyn||Sting||Craigslea State High School||Performance||Volleyball|
|Britney||Summerville||St Mary's College, Ipswich||Performance||Swimming|
|Olivia||Taylor||St John Fisher College||Performance||Touch Football & Oz Tag|
|Sophie||Thornton||Harristown State High School||Performance||Volleyball|
|Chloe||Williams||Brisbane Girls Grammar School||Performance||Synchronized Figure Ice Skating|
|Tarese||Wimmer||Boonah State High School||Service||Multi Sports|
|Chloe||Woodbine||Moreton Bay College||Service||Waterpolo|
|Maddison||Young||St Margaret's Anglican Girls College||Performance||Gymnastics|
|Lucy||Leadbetter||Harristown State High School||Performance||Volleyball|
Clare is the current co-Captain of the Matildas Football team with 91 caps and 7 goals. Clare made her first national team at the age of 17 in 2006 and then went on to play at her first World Cup in 2007. Her role at the back in the 2010 Asian Cup was crucial as the side won the title for the first time. The defender has been a constant presence in the national side for the past decade and recently made her Olympic debut at the Rio Olympic Games where the team made the quarter finals.
Clare is the Captain of the Brisbane Roar W-League team and has played 8 seasons, winning 2 premierships and 2 championships. In 2014 she played in the Japanese League and in 2015 played for Portland in the US National Women's Soccer League.
Clare is currently completing a Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice, works at Worldwide Printing South Brisbane and in her spare time loves to read non-fiction books and watch sport, in particular the Broncos.
Maddi competed in the 1 m and 3 m springboard at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She won the silver medal in the 1m springboard and a bronze medal in the 3m synchronized springboard with Anabelle Smith. At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia, she finished 7th in the 3m springboard, 4th in mixed synchronised 3 metre springboard, and 12th in the 1m springboard.
She performed in the 2016 Rio olympics for synchronized diving with Annabelle Smith, and came 3rd place. The pair opened with a back dive pike, scoring a score of 48.00 to share fifth place with Germany. On the third dive, they scored 72.20, slipping them to sixth place, within striking distance from bronze. They moved up one spot in the standings to fifth on 228.09 in the penultimate round, before snatching bronze in their final dive.
Maddi will share her insights into performing under pressure and talk about how she manages her gruelling training program with her university studies.
Laura played netball as a junior in St George and Toowoomba before playing for the SunCoast Lynx in the State League competition. The goal keeper/ goal defender attended the AIS in 2012 before being called up to the Qld Firebird team in 2013. Since then she has been part of two winning ANZ Championship campaigns. In 2016 she was selected in the Netball Australia Emerging Talent Squad. Laura will share the secrets of being part of a championship winning culture and how that has shaped her as a young athlete.
Pauline Harvey-Short is currently the Dean of School at Brisbane Girls Grammar School where she has progressed from her first role as a HPE teacher in 1977. A long-time champion for girls and women in sport she held the position of convenor for the ACHPER Women in Sport and Recreation committee from 1985 to 1996. She was also a Board member and Chair of Womensport Queensland between 1993 and 2009.
As part of the second panel of guest speakers at the Women in Sport Breakfast, Pauline will explore the advances that have been made for women and girls participating in sport since the first event in 1991. As someone who has been actively involved in physical activity since her softball playing days she is a great role model for women and girls who want to continue their passion for sport for life.
Doune Macdonald, is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and Director of the Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation at the University of Queensland. Her first career was Health and Physical Education teaching before undertaking postgraduate study and becoming a Professor of Health and Physical Education at UQ. From 2004 – 2013 she was Head of the School of Human Movement Studies, during which time she also undertook the role of Lead Writer for the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education. She serves on a number of international and national committees such as the Australian Elite Athlete Friendly University Steering Committee as well as chairing the state government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Women and Girls Sport and Active Recreation. Doune will share her story of success and how her involvement in sport has helped to shape her and her teaching practice.
The first Women in Sport Breakfast was delivered in 1991 and was coordinated by the ACHPER QLD Special Interest Group, chaired by Pauline Harvey Short from Brisbane Girls Grammar School. The breakfast was created and developed with the aims to provide role models for schoolgirl athletes, to raise the profile of sportswomen, to connect competitive athletes with sponsors and schoolgirls and to provide insights into the athletes’ lives to inspire young women to continue to be involved in physical activity.
Over the years, the Breakfasts have been delivered in partnership with various organisations including Womensport Queensland, the Queensland Olympic Committee, Queensland Commonwealth Games Committee, and the Queensland Government and have benefited from the input of key female leaders in Queensland sport, including Doune Macdonald, Sue Hooper, Anne Marie White, Kim Cooper, and Vicki Wilson. These individuals and organisations have provided support in many guises, including assistance with sourcing guest speakers, event administration and delivery, financial and in‐kind support.
The event has featured iconic Australian sports stars and provides a snapshot of the wealth of female sporting talent that Queensland boasts. The inaugural breakfast guest speakers included Joyce Lester, Wilma Shakespear and Lisa Curry, and over the years has featured superstars such as Natalie Cook, Susie O’Neill and Anna Meares, along with indigenous athletes (Kelly McKellar Nathan), athletes with a disability (Carlee Beattie, Jamie Lee Lewis) and non‐athletes (coaches, nutritionists, administrators) to demonstrate the scope of participation in sport and physical activity. In the initial years, the Breakfasts were hosted three times per year and delivered to regional areas such as Toowoomba and Townsville, however over the past 10 years, the event has been hosted only in Brisbane.
Although ther is a current focus on engaging women and girls in physical activity and increased media interest in women's sport, the Women in Sport Breakfast still leads the way in celebrating Queensland's amazing sports women and girls twenty five years on.