Colleges cheer on local athletes
SACRED Heart College has Commonwealth Games fever.
Year 7 student Annaliese Harley was glued to the staff room television screens on Thursday morning to watch her brother George swim in the second men’s 200m breaststroke heat.
Harley, who graduated from the Sorrento school in 2016, finished fifth in his heat with a time of 2:11.62 and went on to better that time in the final, taking fifth place at 2:10.04.
Sacred Heart 2008 graduate Blair Evans took bronze in the women’s individual medley on Thursday with a time of 4:38.23.
Mater Dei College in Edgewater is also celebrating the Commonwealth Games with Year 10 student Rhiannon Clarke competing as one of three 15-year-olds in the Australian athletics team.
Clarke will race in the women’s T38 100m final at 6.05pm on April 12.
T38 is for athletes with disability such as cerebral palsy or co-ordination impairments such as hypertonia, ataxia and athetosis.
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is hosting 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports, which is 45 per cent more athletes and 73 per cent more medals compared to the previous Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
Above: George Harley (third) and Blair Evans (fourth) with fellow Australian swimmers. Right: Rhiannon Clarke.