Former rugby league star Mick De Vere coaches Torquay State School students Sam Hooper and Lachlan Key at the Deadly Sports day.
Former rugby league star Mick De Vere coaches Torquay State School students Sam Hooper and Lachlan Key at the Deadly Sports day. Alistair Brightman

Sports stars get kids on move

QUEENSLAND sporting greats put pupils at Torquay State School through their paces yesterday at a State Government Deadly Sports day.

Some 260 students from Year 4 to 7 were coached by former Brisbane Bronco Mick De Vere, Olympic softball pitcher Tanya Harding, past AFL player Darryl White, ex-Brisbane Bullets coach Brian Kerle and a number of sports development officers.

The children tried out a handful of nine different sports from touch football and cricket to traditional Aboriginal games and soccer and were given posters, bags and water bottles.

The sports stars signed autographs for the students and also talked to them about healthy eating and the importance of education and family, Mr Kerle said.

“The kids seem to listen to sportspeople very easily and they can relate to sportspeople,” he said.

“If they join a sport later on that's a real bonus.

“Deadly Sports is targeting indigenous kids but we involve everybody.”

The team also gave a sports locker room presentation to local coaches and athletes last night and would speak to Urangan State High School students today, Mr Kerle said.

He said it was the second year Deadly Sports had been to Torquay and the aim was to involve more Fraser Coast schools next year.

Mr Kerle said Queensland Sport Minister Phil Reeves was really supportive of the program that had allowed about 6000 students in 29 communities try 28 different sports in the past 18 months.



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