News

Students inspired by Olympian at Harwood Public School

Australian Olympic gymnast and diver Alexandra Croak visited staff and students at Harwood Public School. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Australian Olympic gymnast and diver Alexandra Croak visited staff and students at Harwood Public School. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

SIXTY-TWO would-be athletes at Harwood Public School were inspired yesterday by a visit from Australian Olympic gymnast and diver Alexandra Croak.

The questions to the sport star from the doting youngsters showed no sign of letting up and teachers had to call an end to the session.

"Do you have a special diet?" "Have you seen every country in the world?" "Do you prefer diving or gymnastics?" and "What other sports do you like?" were just some of the questions from the floor.

Ms Croak was helping spread the word about the benefits of staying fit and active as part of the Premier's Sporting Challenge, which aims to promote the benefits of physical activity among young people.

Ms Croak, a Challenge ambassador, also spoke to the students about the importance of physical activity in overall health and presented 10 of the top sporting students with certificates.

The Challenge was launched in 2007 and is open to all NSW public school students.

In 2011, more than 191,000 students from 1006 schools took part in the Challenge. Of these schools, 84% received a Gold Award or higher (i.e. an average of more than 60 minutes of physical activity per student per day).

In 2012, more than 220,000 students from 1059 schools are taking part.

Students were treated to a video and even caught a glimpse of some of Ms Croak's medals.

"The kids though it was brilliant," one teacher said.

"They were so interested in the whole thing and I'm sure we have a few budding athletes at the school."

Topics:  olympian




Coast 2 Course walk takes scenic route

OFF AND WALKING: Participants in the annual Coast 2 Course walk to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis leaving Brooms Head on Sunday morning.

Long walk to raise awareness and funds for cystic fibrosis.

RFS called to out of control cane fire

FIRE: Rural Fire Service brigades responding to a cane fire that got out of control on Palmers Island.

Cane fire escapes control of landholder at Palmers Island

Transition to secondary school a critical time for students

St Andrew’s Christian School holding Open Day during Education Week

Latest deals and offers

Elm Street is far from a nightmare

Elm street's new album is making waves. Photo Contributed

Elm Street talks about drumming studios, power metal and the album.

What's on the small screen this week

Keira Maguire and Richie Strahan in a scene from The Bachelor.

SEVEN gears up for the Rio Olympics while The Bachelor continues.

Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's

Drowning Pool played Brisbane with A Breach of Silence and She Cries Wolf at the Max Watt's House of Music.

Drowning Pool prove that 'bodies' hit the floor when they play

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started