Not bad: Members of Maclean High School have shown their talents in 2010.
Not bad: Members of Maclean High School have shown their talents in 2010.

Maclean High produces sports stars

MACLEAN High School head teacher PDHPE Wayne Sutton has not held back in his praise for his latest batch of sporting stars.

While the school boasts a rich history of producing talent, the class of 2010 has already made inroads into claiming their own slice of history.

Three students from school were recently selected to represent Australia, with another two securing scholarships from State-based institutes.

Year 12 students Leah Saunders and Riley Elvery were chosen to represent Australia in rowing as the National Talent Identification Team travels to New Zealand where they will compete at the New Zealand National Regatta.

They will first travel to Canberra on May 13 for a pre-tour camp at the Australian Institute of Sport before flying to New Zealand to compete.

Year 11’s Dylan Brown has also been selected to represent Australia in swimming in the 2010 trans-Tasman tour of New Zealand in July. This is a well-earned reward for his hard work as a member of the NSWIS Elite Training Squad.

His individual events include 50m freestyle, and 100m and 200m breast stroke.

Mitchell Watt, from Year 10, has continued to excel at baseball for his secondary school life.

He has been selected to receive a scholarship with the Queensland Baseball Academy that requires attending training sessions at the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Watt’s results have been strong and he has represented North Coast school sport in baseball since Year 8, culminating with his selection as Queensland Baseball’s junior player of the year in 2010.

Year 9 student Rory Brown has also excelled at swimming, and as a result of his performances throughout the year and in the 2010 Australian Age Swimming Championships has been selected in the NSW Age Development Squad as well as now having a national ranking for swimming in his age group.

Sutton was not holding back in his appraisal of his young charges.

“All of these talented, elite and dedicated athletes have adhered to the highest standards and are extremely proud of their achievements so far,” he said.

“They would also all acknowledge the support from their par- ents and coaches that have made these achievements possible.

“Maclean High School is understandably proud of these fine young athletes.”

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