Programme to target young high achievers in sport

December 27, 2017 by  

All those hours surfing the waves at Maroochydore and Coolum beaches could soon pay dividends for a few gifted Sunshine Coast students.

Coolum State High School is introducing new Academy programmes for talented students seeking to take their sporting interests to new levels.

The programme aims at students who excel in surfing, cheerleading, touch football, basketball and instrumental music.

To gain entry into the Academy, each student will be required to undertake a trial to show their potential and individual level of ability, according to Principal Troy Ascott:

“It’s about high performance, so students would have to show potential to reach high levels to get into the programme.”

He said students will also have to display a commitment to their academic programmes incorporating everything from maintaining good grades and attendances to modelling school values, to retain their position in the Academy.

Ascott said that while instrumental music, touch football and surfing are already covered by existing programmes, the Academy schedule will also introduce basketball and cheerleading to the stable of options.

Those participating will benefit from the tuition skills of professional coaches and well-credentialled staff, he said.

The school’s aim is to see students excel in their chosen fields. Ascott added:

“Currently we have a number of state level and champion surfers and that’s where we want to go, we want to be at the best standards in the state.”

Flyer printing can be circulated throughout the school to promote that trials to enter the Academy will begin early next year.