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Big effort from tiny
River School lands state title

by Cameron Outridge

Last Thursday the Ananda Marga River School won the Queensland Team Athletics Challenge State finals.   This means they became this year’s Queensland State Champions.

Queensland Athletics is part of Athletics Australia and the State Championships were proudly sponsored by IGA.

During the year, fifty schools participated in the competition across the state from Cairns to Brisbane. In the local area, Glasshouse, Conondale and the River School competed for the Regional trophy.

The competition was strong, with the River School, a first-time competitor, winning by just two points. Years 4, 5, 6 and 7 students participated in the trials, with a team selected on skill, attitude and team spirit. Teacher Ann Donoghoe, esteemed by the students as the ‘best coach ever,’ trained the students well in athletic skills, but more importantly created a positive team spirit and inspired individual excellence in performance.  Eight regional finalists competed in the State finals held at the ANZ Stadium in Brisbane.  On the day the River School won their Second Division Semi final, progressing to the finals.  This win was due to some outstanding performances including Kamala Yamaoka’s, who beat the Oceania women’s record holder in the speed jump.

The River School girls excelled, wining the overall Girls team performance plaque.  The boys, ably assisted by a monster javelin throw by Eli Jones, also performed very well.   Together with the girls this gave the River School the State Title.

The River School would like to thank all the Schools that participated, Queensland Athletics that conducted the competition, IGA for sponsoring the event and special thanks to Rob Outridge from our own IGA for donating an Athletics kit to the School.

Maleny now has another championship team to be proud of and congratulations to all those children from the River School that participated. 

Maleny IGA’s Rob Outridge with the proud River School athletes who won the Queensland Team Athletics Challenge State finals.    Big effort from tiny River School lands state title.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.