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 QAS Athlete School Visit

Queensland's top athletes inspire young athletes
 through QAS4Schools initiative
Students from St Kieran’s Primary school were thrilled to welcome Paralympian swimmer Mr Rick Pendleton to school last week.
Mr Pendleton is part of the QAS4Schools program which will see 70 elite athletes share their stories to young students on what it takes to be the very best.
Minister for sport Mr Mick de Brenni said primary school students were in for a treat with the new $470,000 Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) initiative, QAS4Schools, to be rolled out across the state in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“Queensland’s elite athletes are proof that with hard work and dedication, dreams can become reality,” Mr de Brenni said.
“But more importantly, our kids can learn from our top athletes that an active and healthy lifestyle is its own reward.
“I’m sure that through this initiative these athletes will inspire a new generation of Queensland sporting heroes.”
Education and Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said “QAS4Schools is aiming to reach as many schools as possible and the athletes are keen to get out and start meeting the students”.
“A number of the athletes involved in the program are vying for selection at next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
“It shows great commitment from these athletes and I commend them for wanting to share the positive benefits of sport with Queensland students.”
Mr Rick Pendleton said “As a child I tried many different sports before participating in my first swimming race in year 5 and I love speaking to children about the benefits of sport, healthy eating and having fun”.
St Kieran’s Physical Education teacher Mrs Alaana Sheppard said “At St Kieran’s we believe that physical education and sport are an integral part of the curriculum and opportunities such as these are a great way for our students to see what can be achieved with dedication, persistence and hard work”.