Students receive national recognition

December 3, 2012

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Jack with Coach Josh Krough, 2007 Senior Jared Gilliland and Lizzie Gannon after the State Teams in Canberra.
Jack with Coach Josh Krough, 2007 Senior Jared Gilliland and Lizzie Gannon after the State Teams in Canberra.
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Three St Joseph’s Nudgee College students have been selected in national teams for football and swimming.

Year 9 students Rhys Raymond and Jamie Dimitroff recently spent time in Canberra with the Joey’s Under 17 football training squad while 2012 Senior Jack McLoughlin will compete in swimming at the Australian Youth Olympics in Sydney in January 2013.

Rhys and Jamie began at Nudgee College this term after moving from Cairns. They will be joined at the College by two fellow squad members at the beginning of the 2013 school year.

“The football program at Nudgee College is growing fast in terms of participation and also boasts an excellent coaching set up including good links with a number of local clubs and the Brisbane Roar. The program currently has a number of boys involved with the Football Australia pathway (Skill's Acquisition Programme and Queensland Academy of Sport),” said Head of Football Mr Jamie Pybus.

“We were also delighted when two Nudgee College boys represented Queensland at the National Championships,” he said.

Rhys represented, and captained, Queensland U13 at the National Championships in 2011 while Jamie represented Queensland U14 at the National Championships this year and was selected in the 'Allstars' team.

Both boys were also selected for the Queensland Academy of Sport and subsequently the 30 player Qantas Joey's squad for their three-day Australian Institute of Sport training camp.

“We would like to congratulate these boys on their achievements and look forward to supporting them in continuing their football journey,” Mr Pybus said.

For 2012 Senior Jack McLoughlin, his selection to compete in swimming at the Australian Youth Olympics is a particularly significant achievement as the meet has proven to be a strong pathway to Olympic selection. Jack is part of the very successful High Performance Squad based at Nudgee Brothers Swimming Club where he trains under Olympic coach Matthew Brown, and alongside Olympians Emily Seebohm and Brittany Elmslie. 

Jack’s recent success at the National Short Course Championships and recent State Team event earned him his selection to compete at the Youth Olympics in the 1500m, 400m and 200m freestyle.

 

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