Students pass with flying colours
IT WAS a day of triumph for a group of Maryborough school students on the Sunshine Coast.
All 14 students from the Maryborough Special School that started the Noosa Special Triathlon finished it.
The event consisted of a 200m swim, a 3km bike ride, and 1km run but after six months of training, all the students passed the gruelling test of stamina and determination.
Three of the students, Shaun Mills, Shannon McCutcheon and his brother Corey, led the way for the Maryborough contingent.
The trio all finished amongst the leaders.
Maryborough Special School principal Beth Devonshire said all the hard work the students had done in the lead-up to the race, the only one of its kind in Queensland that has a section for people with disabilities, had paid off.
“They all put so much effort into training for the race (they had trained in their lunch times, three days a week) and it was great to see the result of that,” she said.
“It was a fantastic performance from all of the students.”
Devonshire said it was the fourth year in a row her students had participated in the event and there are no signs of it not becoming an annual event of the calendar for the school.
“All the students who competed this year are planning on entering again next year,” she said.
“It just proves they (the students) love racing in it.
“We had four students compete the first time we entered the race – now we’ve had 14.
“I’ve got no doubt that we’ll have more in action in 2010.
“It’s growing in popularity all the time and the students are already looking forward to next year’s race.”
To cap off a memorable day for the all the students, Australian sporting legends Dawn Fraser and Steve Moneghetti, were waiting at the finish line to present the medals to all competitors and congratulate them all on a job well done.Little Champions