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Sports Awards 2014


​Sharni Wight, Kyla Pringle, Jordan Zabel

Below:  Wesley O'Rourke

Ayr High’s annual Sports Awards was held on Thursday 23 October, capping off a busy calendar of sporting involvement from our students.
The presentation evening was held at the Ayr Showgrounds Hall, giving family, friends and the wider community the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our many sportsmen and women.  The event, capably compered by our Sports Captain, Blake Hollywood, and Year 11 student Tayla Heuir, recognised students who have excelled this year as sporting individuals or team members in competition extending from inter-house to North Queensland representation.
The awards, presented by Principal Mr Craig Whittred, Deputy Principal Ms Lesley Olsen, Head of Department Student Services and HPE Mr Andrew Ballin, Sports Co-ordinator Courtney Carrigan, Coaches and House Parents, recognised age champions and representative honours in swimming, cross country and athletics as well as representative and outstanding efforts in over twenty individual and team sports.  This year again saw our students excelling in further competition, with nine competing for North Queensland.  During the evening, the audience also gained some insight into the personal, social and physical experiences of being involved in sport, through the compelling speech delivered by Ayr State High School’s 2014 Pierre de Coubertin Award recipient, Matthew Wight.
The evening culminated with the announcement of the ‘Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year’ awards, presented to students who displayed a range of sporting involvement, including some at a higher representative standard, and who produced outstanding individual performances over the year.  They were:  Senior - Kyla Pringle and Jordan Zabel, Junior - Sharni Wight and Wesley O’Rourke.  These students are congratulated for their outstanding achievements, as are all award recipients.
The degree of sporting diversity, accomplishment and participation shown on the night reflects the dedication and commitment of many staff who offer to organise, coach, officiate and assist in sports and events throughout the year.  They, parents, community members, businesses and students who also assist in many capacities are thanked for their efforts.