BIG EVENT: The Cathedral College students Rebecca Hall and Sam Murphy celebrate news the school will hold two state-wide representative sport competitions next year with principal Rob Alexander.
BIG EVENT: The Cathedral College students Rebecca Hall and Sam Murphy celebrate news the school will hold two state-wide representative sport competitions next year with principal Rob Alexander. Allan Reinikka Rokatcc

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MAKING it into a representative sports team usually means Rebecca Hall and Sam Murphy will pack up and travel to competition in another Queensland city.

But next year, they'll be on home turf when their school hosts both the Queensland Independent Secondary School Netball Carnival and the Confraternity Shield (Queensland Independent Secondary School Rugby League) in June.

The Cathedral College expects 5000 people to visit Rockhampton for both carnivals, with students from 70 schools competing.

CQUniversity and Victoria Park will assist in hosting the majority of the games.

The carnivals are expected to boost the local economy by roughly $5 million.

Sam said being close to the school community would hopefully attract plenty of spectators.

The Cathedral College principal Rob Alexander said the whole of Rockhampton would benefit from the events, which he estimated would take thousands of hours of organisation.

"We've been in the queue for about five years to host the football and probably for about two or three years we've been planning to host the netball," he said.

"Because they're very big it's rare the two carnivals are in the one place at the same time."



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