McAuley College students take on Gold Coast Marathon challenge

LONG DISTANCE SPECIALISTS: McAuley College students Abi Henry, Taj Davis, Isabelle Hardy, Carly Griffiths, Jake Robinson, Grace Cahill, Caitlin Dennien and Kaylia Ellis. Photo: Tom Bushnell.
LONG DISTANCE SPECIALISTS: McAuley College students Abi Henry, Taj Davis, Isabelle Hardy, Carly Griffiths, Jake Robinson, Grace Cahill, Caitlin Dennien and Kaylia Ellis. Photo: Tom Bushnell.

Eight talented young athletes from Beaudesert’s McAuley College tested their endurance in the Gold Coast Marathon fun run on Saturday, June 30.

The grade seven and eight students set off from the Broadwater Parklands and completed a 5.7km circuit before feeling the thrill of waving to their families as they entered the finishing precinct and crossed the line to the adulation of the enthusiastic crowd.

Year seven pupil Caitlin Dennien said running in the marathon was an unforgettable experience.

“It was really exciting to compete as a school with our friends and share memories with each other,” she said.

“It’s very important to live a healthy lifestyle and ensure you are doing physical activity.” 

Proud McAuley College sports co-ordinator Amy Richards said her charges, most of whom are members of the school’s morning cross-training group, couldn’t wait to take on the challenge.

“To see the kids so excited about participating in a fun run is just incredible,” she said.

“It was a long race for people of their age, and they all did it with such ease because they were having such a good time in the process.

“For most of them it was their first time and they’ve got the bug.”

Ms Richards said she hopes to encourage the budding long distance specialists to live a healthy lifestyle and seek out healthy pursuits.

She said the McAuley contingent took part in the marathon as part of the college’s physical education curriculum and sporting program.

“Our sporting program is continuing to develop, as we get more enrolments we’re engaging in more activities and competitions to provide a variety of opportunities for the students.”

The eight McAuley College representatives were Abi Henry, Taj Davis, Isabelle Hardy, Carly Griffiths, Jake Robinson, Grace Cahill, Caitlin Dennien and Kaylia Ellis.

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