18th Annual Sports Awards
The 18th annual King's Sports Awards celebrated the achievements of our King's athletes across a diverse range of sports. The King's sports program continues to build each year with 102 students representing King's at regionals, 75 at state and 27 at national events in 2019. A further 40 students competed in teams at the national level. The depth of King's athletic talent across volleyball, cross country, cricket, football, futsal, hockey, netball, rugby union, swimming, touch football, AFL, basketball, equestrian, skipping, triathlon, athletics tennis, aquathon, baseball, diving and triathlon is inspiring.
The King's 'team of the year' was awarded to the Senior Volleyball team. Led by Mr Foster and coached by Robbo, this team won the Qld Division 1 state title and will compete at the Australian titles in December. Each year the team has developed greater skill, train with excellence and are now coaching younger King's team.
Congratulations to the Sportsperson of the year in the following age groups:
U12 sportswoman - Maya Zunker
U12 sportsman - Joseph Lethlean
U15 sportswoman - Sayla Donnelly
U15 sportsman - Cruz Lemming
U18 sportswoman - Jazi Coventry
U18 sportsman - James Nicholls
Finney took the double winning the 2019 Werkhoven Inter House Shield and the Franklin Shield confirming their dominance at all sports carnivals in both the Primary and High School.
Congratulations to Thomas Grinham who won the Griffith Uni award for excellence in sport and outstanding leadership.
Mark Occohilupo, legend of Australian surfing and world title holder in 1999, shared his best advice for chasing a sports dream. "Listen to your parents and be committed to nurturing your talent." We honour the faithful commitment of so many King's students who train before and after school to develop their skills and reach such high levels of competition.
Ari Klein was awarded the Rhonda Bevan Most Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award for 2019. Ari was invited to the Volleyball Junior Men's Development program at the Australian Institure of Sport. He was Captain of the U19 South Coast School boys at the Qld School State titles and the King's Division 1 gold meal team at the Senior Schools Cup. Ari also had the great privilege of being selected as Vice-Captain for the Australian gold team who competed in the Open Men's Volleyball competition at the ARAFURA Games in Darwin and won bronze. Less than 2% of scouted players at this event were selected to be part of the 2019 Australian Youth Boys Volleyball squad. Congratulations Ari! We will be cheering for you and the King's Senior Boys team at the upcoming National titles in December.
Thank you to our sports staff for their commitment providing opportunities for King's kids to develop their athletic potential. We salute our parents for your dedication in supporting your children as they train to achieve their best. We look forward to continued sporting success in 2020.