Awards honour Laidley’s finest

IN its second year, the Laidley State High School Sports Awards provide an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and achievement of students throughout the year.

Students recognised on the evening have displayed great commitment, dedication and determination to excel at their chosen sports.

They have not only displayed their physical and sporting abilities, but also great sportsmanship in the various sporting opportunities our school offers.

This year Laidley State High School was honoured to have Andy Bichel attend the annual sport awards dinner as guest speaker.

Laidley State High Schools sporting achievements of 2009

♦11 teams were nominated for the Combined Ipswich Secondary School Sport competition in 2009 (CISSSA).

From the 11 teams nominated, four were premiers in their competition allowing them to progress to the met finals where they competed against schools in Brisbane.

♦Two teams made it through to the second round of met finals which has been the schools best result in this competition to date.

♦12 Regional representatives. Sports students represented in sports including touch, athletics, squash, baseball and cricket.

♦In cross country and athletics the school had a total of four students awarded district age champion.

♦Two teams competed in Golden Glove softball held in Toowoomba.

Kieran Freeman Encouragement award
The athletics encouragement award is in memory of Kieran Freeman, a senior student of Laidley State High School in 2001.
Kieran excelled in athletics and this award is to acknowledge the efforts of a senior student who is willing to ‘have a go’ and who actively participates in athletics and other sporting activities but is not necessarily always recognised as a top performer.
For the last four years, the HPE Department has sponsored the award and so carry on the tradition of recognising and encouraging our young athletes.
This year, Travis Morrow, was the 2009 recipient.
Travis is an athlete who has committed himself over the last two years to training and competing in athletics and has proven talent particularly in the Javelin event.
He has attended house athletics carnivals and in 2008 and 2009 was a district representative.
The school and district athletics age champion, Travis was a district representative and earned a place in the regional team for the javelin event.
At the State Athletics Title he placed fifth with a throw of 51.43m.
He broke the open boys Javelin school record with a throw of 51.93m.
He has also participated in other sporting activities over the last two years where he was a member of the CISSSA and All Schools Touch Football team in 2008 and the CISSSA tennis and Met Finals Touch team in 2009.
Travis has always been dedicated to training where he attends after school athletics and touch football training.

Pierre De Coubertin Award
The Pierre De Coubertin Award named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games and is awarded to promote the importance of participation in sport and physical activity.
It recognises students who demonstrate initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play through participation in a variety of sports.
The criteria for this award include representing the school in at least one interschool sport and two other competitive sports, either individually or in a team.
This year’s recipient, Jessica Clark, was a worthy nominee due to her participation in the CISSSA girls softball and cricket teams, house and district swimming, cross country and Athletics carnivals where she was also named the open girls swimming age champion in 2009.
She was a school representative for netball and a school and district representative for softball.
Jess has throughout her time at Laidley High demonstrated a high level of commitment and dedication to school and district sport and always strives to be an active role model demonstrating at all times good sportsmanship and fair play.
Jessica attended a ceremony in Brisbane earlier this year to receive the award to recognise her contribution to a positive sporting environment.

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