Even before the opening ceremony for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games commenced, it has been very exciting to see six very proud Old Boys carry the baton in the Queen’s Baton Relay. For these Old Boys, this rare privilege has come about through the tremendous acknowledgement by their respective communities for their achievements and contribution to society. They are:
Chilla Porter (1954) in Perth, as a three-time silver medal winning high jumper which includes the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne as well as the 1958 and 1962 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales and Perth respectively.
Peter Smith (1959) in Adelaide, who is currently Australian Triathlon Champion in the 75 to 79 age group.
Craig Burns (2005) in Mackay, as an athlete from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Monty Summers (2006) in Cairns as a leukaemia survivor, bone marrow transplant recipient and World Transplant Games athlete and multiple world record holder.
Ivan Hooper (1987) in Brisbane, as Sports Physiotherapist at the Australian Institute of Sport and of the Australian Olympic and rowing teams.
Matthew Ames (1989) in Brisbane, as the inspirational father of four who became a quadruple amputee after suffering a sore throat which resulted in contracting streptococcal and suffering toxic shock.
Congratulations must also go to current student Audrich Allen (Year 8) who performed with the Commonwealth Games Orchestra as a first violin in the opening ceremony. Audrich was also recently accepted as a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra.
On the first day of competition we saw one of our youngest Old Boys Zac Stubblety-Cook (2017) compete in the Mens 200 metre Breaststroke, finishing in fifth place in Heat 1 with a time of 2.15.71. This is a tremendous achievement particularly as he says he was terrified of water until he was about four years old. The early challenge in life of learning to swim for water safety has certainly been the catalyst for a multitude of swimming achievements since. Zac is currently studying Biomedical Science at Griffith University and we wish him well with his ambition of winning Olympic gold. This is only the beginning of a very promising swimming career for Zac.
Congratulations must go to Old Boy Tim Walsh (1996) who coached the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team to the silver medal.
Featured Image: Zac Stubblety-Cook (2017)