Touch of state bril­liance

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - HOLLY ROBERT­SON

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.

Photo by HOLLY ROBERT­SON

Footy mad: Travis Gul­liver, Kienan Gro­gan and Quin­lyn Can­non rep­re­sented Penin­sula at the Queens­land touch foot­ball car­ni­val last week­end

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