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QAS4Schools Ambassadors (L-R) Blake Cochrane, Alyce Burnett and Mark Knowles sharing their stories with a junior school captain summit.

QAS4Schools Ambassadors (L-R) Blake Cochrane, Alyce Burnett and Mark Knowles sharing their stories with a junior school captain summit.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have come and gone and left us with awe inspiring impressions of ambition and relentless determination of Queensland’s elite sporting talent. But just as the saying goes ‘after the Games is before the Games’ and the Academy is already beginning to point their focus towards the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where our Queensland athletes will yet again have the chance to shine on the international stage.

QAS4Schools was an exciting initiative of the State Government to encourage students to voluntarily pursue a healthy lifestyle and peak their interest towards the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The initiative was implemented by the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) in partnership with the Department of Education (DET). Throughout the school year, the QAS4Schools program saw QAS athletes visit primary schools across Queensland, delivering presentations to inspire and motivate Queensland’s youth to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

The first QAS4Schools program finished at the end of March in line with the school term and the start of the Commonwealth Games. Since its launch in June 2017, 57 athletes from different sports visited an incredible number of 438 primary schools and reached a total of 80,473 students.

Check out the program highlights (PDF, 2.7M).

Keep watching this space for any new ventures the QAS and State Government may ignite!


  • “The students were thoroughly engaged for the whole visit. Blake Cochrane was extremely open about his differences and answered student’s questions honestly and candidly. I think his point that ‘difference doesn’t mean you can’t do something’ really hit home with a lot of our students.”
    - Cecil Plains State School
  • “The presentation by Craig Burns was absolutely fantastic - he spoke to the children using a level of language they understood and could relate to. The students were engaged, enthralled and in awe of his achievements. They enjoyed passing around Borobi and Craig's gold medal.”
    - Deebing Heights State School
  • “We had a fantastic visit with Keryn today. The students loved her visit as there was so much excitement and chatter in the hall today. I had 2 x Year 4 classes at the pool this afternoon and they were excited to see Keryn training in the Dalby Pool. What a bonus for them. We will be supporting her all the way to a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Also thank you so much for the sport kit that we received earlier this week.”
    - Dalby State School


See our Ambassadors in the official QAS4Schools promotional video below to hear more about what to expect when one of our athletes visit your school – they can’t wait to meet you!

Video transcript

Mark Knowles:

The QAS4Schools program is a fantastic initiative coming to primary schools right around Queensland. Our athletes are super keen to visit your school and let you all know how amazing we think the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast are going to be next year.

Alyce Burnett:

It takes a lot hard work and looking after our bodies, to become an Olympian. But it’s just as important for you to look after your bodies, just like we do. My friends and I want to visit you and your classmates to talk about the types of things that you do, to stay healthy.

Blake Cochrane:

You will have some of Queensland and Australia’s top athletes visit your school to talk to you about all things sport, and if you’re lucky they might just bring their medals to share.

Mark Knowles: QAS4Schools expressions of interest are now open

Alyce Burnett: There are over 70 of Queensland and Australia’s best athletes just waiting to visit schools like yours right across Queensland.

Blake Cochrane: If you’d like to get involved in the QAS4Schools program check out the Queensland Academy of Sport website ( ) now.

Mark Knowles: There’s no better time than right now to get fit;

Alyce Burnett: Be healthy;

Blake Cochrane: and get excited about sport in Queensland.

Group – Mark Knowles, Alyce Burnett and Blake Cochrane:

QAS4Schools, be inspired, get excited and meet your hero (laughs)


Last updated
17 May 2018