Cross Country Champion School

Crosscountry Article

Strong levels of participation are the key to recent success as St Luke’s crossed the line as the premier Cross Country School in the Wide Bay.

The school finished on top of the Combined Individual Schools Team Scores at the Bundaberg & District Secondary School Carnival held in Gin-Gin in May.

“We encourage all our students to have a go and a lot of the credit should go towards our Health and Physical Education staff, who are really preparing all the students. The school also makes use of qualified coaches in an After School Activity “The Run Factory”, which is supported well and prepares athletes for Cross Country, middle and long distance running and triathlons,” said Len Kirchner, Director of Co-curricular Sport Activities.

“The fact that we had 130 students, a third of our Middle and Senior School, who participated in the Teams Cross Country Carnival, tells you a bit about the culture we have at the school. It’s not only about the top performers, but also about all team members pushing each other to these performances, contributing to the team success.”

“We believe at St Luke’s that you don’t always have to be the best, but you should aspire to be the Best You, you can be,” he said.

Not only did the school win the Junior Champion School, Senior Champion School and Percentage Trophy, but they also took out the Teams Cross Country Carnival by a substantial margin.

While Ellen Thomas (u/14 Girls) and Jaymee Ericson (u/16 Girls) were crowned as Wide Bay Age Champions in their respective age groups, fourteen St Luke’s athletes were selected for the Wide Bay Schools team to participate in the upcoming Queensland Schools Cross Country State Championships in July.

A further 22 of the school’s athletes finished in the Top 10 in their respective races.

Twenty eight Secondary and eight Primary School students were selected to represent Bundaberg Schools in the Wide Bay Schools 10-19 Years Cross Country trials.

Being one of the smaller schools in Bundaberg, the success can be contributed to the high participation levels the school is experiencing from its students.