College News

St Mary’s best in the country, again!

 NINE dedicated students from St Mary’s College competed in the National Championships for Sports Aerobics at Chandler on 11 August 2018.

These students were defending their reigning title after being crowned National Champions last year, which was the first time students had entered such a competition.

Last year, students had a dream of forming a sports aerobics team and approached the College Principal Judith Finan for backing.

Mrs Finan was incredibly supportive of the girls founding a team and assisted to source a coach, Emily Heuer (2016 Alumni).

With training from St Mary’s College Dance Teacher Miss Courtney Crack and coach Emily, the girls trained hard perfecting their routines.

After a solid effort getting through regionals and states, it was time to defend their title at the National Finals.

This year the girls did feel some added pressure. No longer being an unknown team but the defending champions. 

“We knew that others teams were watching us and that we needed to prove ourselves,” stated fifteen year old Alexa Murrin.

With that in mind, they pulled together and performed harder than ever before.

“We really enjoyed the performance and knew we did all that we could,” added Miss Murrin. 

It was anxious wait for the results with a 6 hour delay before judging took place.  

They were so overwhelmed to hear the words …. And the winning team is…. St Mary’s College!

Our National Champions once again took out the Secondary Schools Pre-Choreographed Team division.

This same team also narrowly missed out on being national champions in the Secondary Schools Large Team division, coming second.

Mrs Finan was delighted to hear the news.

“It is humbling to see our girls chase a dream and reap the benefits of their hard work.”

“I want all girls to look at new opportunities and encourage them to continue to bring new programs to our College,” added Mrs Finan.

The girls, Rebekah Ahrens, Lara Bell, Edyn Hutchinson, Elouise McDonald, Alexa Murrin, Regan Pike, Mackenzie Smith, Keira Smith and Kate Sotiriadis will enjoy a break before training for competitions in 2019.