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Queensland's top athletes inspire young athletes through QAS4Schools initiative

8 June 2017

QAS4Schools athlete representatives Ryan Tyack and Beryl Friday with Mount Cotton State School student leaders.

QAS4Schools athlete representatives Ryan Tyack and Beryl Friday with Mount Cotton State School student leaders.

Minister for Sport, the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, with QAS4Schools athlete representatives and Mount Cotton State School student leaders.

Minister for Sport, the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, with QAS4Schools athlete representatives and Mount Cotton State School student leaders.

Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni is calling on all Queensland primary schools to apply for a QAS4Schools visit which will see 70 elite athletes sharing their stories on what it takes to be the very best.

Mr 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 all primary schools were eligible to apply.

“QAS4Schools is aiming to reach as many schools as possible and the athletes are keen to get out and start meeting the students,” Ms Jones said.

“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 De Brenni said the QAS4Schools was one of many great initiatives that were in place by the QAS.

“The QAS plays an extremely important role in supporting athletes to be their best on the international stage,” Mr de Brenni.

“This support includes the continued guidance by some of Queensland’s most influential sportspeople as part of the QAS Board.”

Mr de Brenni said all QAS Board Members had recently confirmed their ongoing support with the signing of further three year terms.

“I would like to congratulate long-serving member of the Board, Ms Bronwyn Thomson who has been elevated to the new Chair of the Board, following the departure of Bruno Cullen.

“A further two new appointments have been made, with Ms Kelly McKellar-Nathan and Mr Steve Renouf joining the Board of QAS, each bringing with them their own significant knowledge and experience in the Queensland and Indigenous sporting community.”

For more information about the QAS4Schools program, go to http://www.qasport.qld.gov.au/qas4schools/ or email .

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8 June 2017