Touch of state brilliance
A MOSSMAN boy has been selected to represent Queensland on the back of his performance at a recent state-wide touch football carnival. Quinlyn Cannon, 12, was chosen as a member of the Under-12 Queensland team after a stellar showing for Peninsula in Brisbane last weekend. He was one of three Mossman State School students who travelled to the state capital to compete in the state primary school touch football championships. Kienan Grogan and Travis Gulliver also represented the Under-12 Peninsula side, which is made up of the best players in Far North Queensland for each age group. The Under-12 side lost only two games during the four-day touch football carnival, placing fifth overall. “It was fun. We played for four days then we flew home on Sunday,” Kienan said. Mossman State School principal Vicki Sparkes praised Physical Education teacher Laura Berney who she said supported students to achieve in sport. “We’re very proud of the boys as representatives of the school,” Ms Sparkes said. “She works really hard with students and families to assist them to get to the sports.” Ms Sparkes said it was important for schools to focus on physical activity as well as academia. “Part of what we want to do is to grow the children into being balanced adults,” she said. “Sport teaches values and sportsmanship as well as the skill of the game.” Quinlyn will travel to Brisbane for the Under-12 Queensland training camp in October prior to the national championships which will be held in Canberra. “I’m excited and happy about playing,” Quinlyn said. Kienan has been chosen as a shadow player, who will step up to join the side if a selected player for any reason pulls out.
Footy mad: Travis Gulliver, Kienan Grogan and Quinlyn Cannon represented Peninsula at the Queensland touch football carnival last weekend