King's Cemented as Gold Coast's Number One APS Athletics School
On Wednesday August 8 and Thursday August 9, our King’s students created history, becoming only the 2nd school in the prestigious 30 year APS history to do the double – winning both the Junior (9-12 Years) and Senior (13-17 Years) Athletics APS Premierships!
King’s Director of Sport, Mr Jason Grady, King’s Athletics Coordinator, Mr Mal Muir and our King’s sport staff could not be prouder of our King’s students’ commitment, winning attitudes and gutsy performances over the 3 days of competition.Jump to Junior APS Carnival Report
Senior APS Carnival (13 Years - 17 Years)
Wednesday, 8 August
King’s led the High School carnival throughout the entire day, delivering a crushing blow to All Saints and the other rival APS schools by easily winning the carnival by an amazing 181 points!
However at the end of the day, this historic and inaugural APS Athletics premiership for our King’s High School students was a result of the entire TEAM, keeping their commitment to King’s, all turning up on the day and giving it their 100%.
Our King’s community could not be prouder of our High School athletes!
Amber Whitford, Paul Claughton and Clay McCaslin were sensational in the Sprint Hurdles, and our 13 boys (Brent Campbell, Ryder AhFook, Fernando Nash and Paul Claughton) won all 4 divisions of their 100m and won their relay by over 50 meters, setting a new APS record!
Tynan Nevereral in the 15 boys 100m and 200m made the rest of the field look like they were standing still, setting a new APS record in the 15 boys 100m, and Francesca MacDonald and Tanika Mahon did the double in the 16 girls 100m & 200m, with Francesca sprinting a lightening fast 12.85 and 25.81 seconds!
Leah Simpson showed she is all class, by literally stepping down from the State Cross Country on Saturday to run 2nd in the Open girls 200m and 400m only 4 days later!
Caden Faulkner also showcased his natural talent by easily winning the 14 Boys 100m by over half a second, and Ryder AhFook also displayed his versatility by breaking the 13 boys 200m APS record (taking 2nd place) only 4 days after becoming the Qld State Cross Country Champion!
Sayla Donnelley and Stella Raymond ran 1/2 in the 14 Years girls 400m and Francesca MacDonald and Jasmyne Coventry also ran 1/2 in the 16 Years girls 400m, with Francesca setting a new APS record of 58.52 seconds!
King's Middle Distance (800m)
Sayla Donnelley, Jasmyne Coventry and Leah Simpson all comfortably took out their 800m events, with Jayda Anderson and Ryder AhFook placing 2 nd and Caitlyn AhFook running a strong 3rd. Leah Simpson’s 800m was a display of control and confidence as she led from the gun, running a new APS record of 2:14.54.
King’s Field coach, Mr Les Gearey, has done such an amazing job preparing our field athletes this year. Amongst our field athletes, Tanika Mahon deserves highlighting with her epic triple jump distance of 11.26m which eclipsed the old APS record by an astonishing 16cm!
King's APS Record Breakers
|Ryder AhFook||400m||57.37||13 Boys|
|Leah Simpson||800m||2:14.54||17 Girls|
|Tynan Neveceral||100m||11.74||15 Boys|
|Francesca MacDonald||400m||58.52||16 Girls|
|Tanika Mahon||Triple Jump||11.26m||16 Girls|
King's APS Age Champions
|Rebecca Webb||13 Girls||3rd Overall|
|Jade Sneesby||15 Girls||2nd Overall|
|Francesca MacDonald||16 Girls||2nd Overall|
|Lachlan Hardy||16 Boys||2nd Overall|
|Leah Simpson||Open Girls||Age Champion|
Senior APS Combined Team Scores
Junior APS Carnival (9 Years - 12 Years)
Thursday, 9 August
Our younger students came into their APS carnival inspired by their high school role models with a belief that anything is possible if they squeeze everything out of the team on the day! And squeeze they did, putting the pressure on their APS opponents from the first round (800m and field events).
King’s led the Junior APS carnival throughout the entire day, delivering a crushing blow to All Saints and the other rival APS schools by easily winning the carnival by an amazing 100.5 points!
At the end of the day, this historic APS Athletics premiership for our King’s Primary School students was, once again, the result of the entire TEAM, keeping their commitment to King’s, all turning up on the day and giving it their 100%.
Our King’s community could not be prouder of our 9 Years – 12 Years athletes!
Delaney AhFook and Kiaan Hamawi began the King’s sprint domination by running superb races, both finishing second in the 9 Years’s 200m, with Noah Gallagher running a superb race, winning his Division Two 200m, and running the 5th fastest time overall!
Nicole Brunton and Ollie Vermillion both made an impression in the 10 Years 200m, finishing in 3rd place. Simbarashe Marinic ran an electric 28.49, finishing 2nd in the 11 Years boys 200m.
One of the highlights of the carnival was to watch new student Connor Maguire dominate the A Division 200m, running a lightening fast 26.14 seconds! And if Connor brought the lightening, then home grown King’s talent Jay Sammut definitely brought the thunder and ran a blistering 26.73 seconds, winning the Division Two 200m on his own, which placed him as the 2nd fastest 12 years boy overall! What was really pleasing to see was the comradery between these two boys, with Connor cheering and supporting Jay for every step of his race!
Then in the 4 x 100m relay, our 12 Years boys were unstoppable, simply annihilating their opponents, and setting a new meet record of 53.43 seconds!
King's Middle Distance
Josiah Pollard began the 800m races with a strong 3rd place in the 9 Years Boys event, and Ollie Vermillion and Stephen Baker ran 4th and 5th in the 10 Years boys 800m. Joseph Lethlean also ran a great 2nd lap to claw his way back to 4th place in the 11 Years boys 800m.
However it was our 12 Years 800m runners that really impressed!
Ruby Hughes ran a sensational 2:23.58 for her 800m, leading from the gun, beating 2nd place by an astonishing 14 seconds and setting a new APS record!
And Joel Bee ran the perfect tactical race, making his move in the back straight to hold on to win the 12 Years boys race.
King's Field Events
King’s field coach, Les Gearey, again did a sensational job preparing our field athletes this year and the King’s Field performances flowed with so many exceptional results. Kiaan Hamawi and Mitchell Bergoff both jumped 3.39m to secure equal first place in the 9 Years Boys Long Jump and earn the maximum possible points for King’s!
Simbarashe Marinic was exceptional in the 11 Years Boys Long Jump, jumping an amazing 4.62m and setting a new APS record!
Delaney AhFook and Ella Burden were unstoppable in the Discus, both winning their respective age competitions, and Christopher Clarke’s consistent training paid off, earning him the win in the boys 11 Years Shot Put.
King's Junior APS Record Holders
|Simbarashe Marinic||Long Jump||4.62m||11 Boys|
|Ruby Hughes||800m||2:23.58||12 Girls|
|Connor Maguire||100m||12.77||12 Boys|
King's Junior APS Age Champions
|Delaney AhFook||9 Girls||Age Champion|
|Kiaan Hamawi||9 Boys||3rd Overall|
|Mikayla Sammut||10 Girls||2nd Overall|
|Nicole Brunton||10 Girls||3rd Overall|
|Ollie Vermillion||10 Boys||Age Champion|
|Riley Faulkner||11 Girls||2nd Overall|
|Micka Van Zijl||11 Girls||3rd Overall|
Junior APS Combined Team Scores
|1.||King's Christian College||2,454.50|
|2.||All Saints Anglican School||2,354|
|3.||Coomera Anglican College||2,315.50|
|6.||Trinity Lutheran College||2,116.50|
|8.||Saint Stephen's College||1,668|