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Participation in Sport and Academic Success Go Hand In Hand

With links between sport participation and academic success, Trinity College, Beenleigh teachers have real elite sporting experience.

This experience, along with the best possible resources – uplift college students to excel in sport, intellectual pursuits and life.

According to a Curtin University study: “A large majority of internationally published research has found a positive association between children’s physical activity participation and academic achievement.”

Further, the study supported by the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation says the benefits of greater physical activity is likely to extend into adolescence and adult life.

Trinity College Beenleigh Sports Leader, Ms Judy Bell echoed that the connection between participation in sport and academic achievement is clear.

“Students who regularly participate in sport usually achieve higher academic scores,” Ms Judy Bell said.

“The skills they learn from being involved in sport are transferable to every aspect of their lives.

“They tend to be happier and they develop better coping skills.

“They also learn leadership skills.”

Ms Bell also believes that participating in sport teaches teenagers invaluable lessons including: the value of hard work, time management, teamwork, sportsmanship, the benefits of physical activity, communication skills and perseverance.

“Sport impacts students in different ways,” Ms Bell continued.

“For some, it might be an improvement in their level of confidence.

“Others find it improves their communication skills.

“For some, it helps them to overcome behavioural issues, such as learning to be a team player.

“While for others, it might be improving their self-worth.”

Students are mentored by a highly experienced team of teachers, with over 10 reaching or currently participating in grade and elite sport. The teaching team experience includes: golf, rugby league, basketball, athletics, touch football, cricket, netball, soccer and marathon running.

“These teachers have walked the journey to grade and elite sporting success and nurture students to do the same,” Ms Bell pointed out.

At present, there are numerous students participating in District, Regional or State Squads in various sports including a national champion in race walking, Little Athletics, squash and a Brisbane Lions football player.

The wide range of sports students have excelled in include: soccer, boxing, snooker, equestrian, baseball, surf lifesaving, clay pigeon shooting, golf, dance, rowing, indoor cricket, softball, tennis, hockey, open water swimming, refereeing, triathlon, mountain biking and martial arts, to-name-a-few.

Some Trinity College past students who have reached exceptional sporting heights include:

  • Michael Voss – former AFL player and Brisbane Lions Captain (Brownlow Medal winner 1997)
  • Brett Voss – former Brisbane Lions player and St Kilda player
  • Jordan Membrey – Brisbane Lions player
  • Sam Gee – Titans Rugby League player
  • Darryl McCormack – Captain of the Australian Team Handball squad Sydney 2000 Olympic Games (now a professional player in Norway)
  • Kahli Henwood – U19 Firebirds Netball squad
  • Raelene Bolton – Olympian – Team Handball, Sydney 2000
  • Krystal Opperman – Australian Open Women’s Indoor Cricket
  • Eugene Farrell – Olympian – Atlanta 1996 – 400m and 4 x 100m Relay (ran for Ireland)
  • Morgan Henry – Shooting, Commonwealth Games
  • Megan Trinder – US College Basketball

Trinity College, Beenleigh offer a wide variety of sports for students including, but not limited to: futsal, boys and girls AFL, tennis, rugby union, touch football, indoor cricket, basketball, soccer, volleyball, boys and girls cricket, rugby league, netball, boys and girls Rugby sevens and Oztag.

The study of sport and health subjects can lead to a broad range of careers in health and fitness including: sports science, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, sports medicine, personal training, high performance trainer, coaching, refereeing, sports podiatry and sports dietitian, to-name-a-few.

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