Pair recognised for sporting achievements
BUNDABERG Year 12 students Beau Pratt and Melanie Schmeider have been recognised for their sporting achievements and contributions, awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Award at a presentation ceremony in Brisbane earlier this month.
Pratt, an all-round sportsperson has achieved individual success in a range of school sports for the past five years, representing Kepnock at inter-school, regional and state level in touch football, cross country, athletics and triathlon.
He was Kepnock's Junior Sportsman of the year in 2009 and 2010 and was the Senior Sportsman of the Year in 2012.
But Pratt's greatest success has come from his BMX riding, competing at regional, state and national championships for the past 10 years.
At the 2012 State Championships, while leading the state final, Pratt was clipped by another rider, spoiling a possible state win.
Pratt is hoping to add to his BMX success, currently in Auckland for the World BMX Championships after qualifying by finishing 16th at the National Championships.
Schmeider has been involved in her primary sport of rowing for the past five years, represented St Luke's at inter-school, regional, state and three national titles. Keen to give back to the sport, Schmeider has attained her Level 1 coaching and is currently awaiting accreditation on her Level 2.
Once completed, she will be the youngest Level 2 rowing coach in Queensland.
Schmeider has also attained her Level 3 and 4 in Fitness and is a rowing coach for St Luke's year 8 rowers.
Next year, Schmeider will take her rowing to the next level when she moves to Brisbane as she has been invited to join the University of Queensland's Elite Training Squad.
Pratt's mum Noeleen Pratt said both students actively encourage sports participation and are enthusiastic participants in school sports and also their chosen sporting fields.
"They always strive to perform to the best of their ability and continually motivate others to do the same," she said.
"Beau and Melanie are valuable role models for their entire school community.
"Beau is Vice-Captain and Sports Captain at Kepnock State High School and Melanie is Sports Captain at St Luke's and both are very worthy recipients of the 2013 Pierre de Coubertin Awards."
Every Queensland secondary school is invited to nominate one student from year 10-12 as its Pierre de Coubertin Award nominee.
At some stage during Years 8-12, the nominee must have represented the school, district or region in at least three sports in the competitive arena, demonstrating initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play.