Emma Hall, Sonia Holmes, Stephanie Dixon and Johanna Druery do some cheerleading with Natarlia Semple-Trinder from CQ Thunder All Stars. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Emma Hall, Sonia Holmes, Stephanie Dixon and Johanna Druery do some cheerleading with Natarlia Semple-Trinder from CQ Thunder All Stars. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Students amaze top coach at sports expo last week

SPORT EXPO: Courageous, willing and persistent were just some of the words CQFC Energy coach Joe Fenech used to describe some of the 150 students who took part in the Life Stream Sport Expo at Berserker State School.

Fenech was one of many coaches and teachers who offered their guidance at the expo, which aimed to involve people with disabilities to participate in a range of sports.

The Energy coach was in charge of putting students, from nine various Rockhampton and Yeppoon schools, through their paces in a range of football drills, including ball control, shooting and game practice, but students could try their hand at rugby league, cricket, tennis, golf, basketball and cheerleading.

Groups of 20 students were rotated from sport to sport at the expo and the feedback was extremely positive.

Fenech said it was one of the most rewarding coaching experiences he has had.

"For me, it was a great experience ... the students showed an array of skills, and it was amazing how courageous, willing and persistent they were ... it humbled me," Fenech said.

"It was a thrill seeing the students' smiles every time they scored a goal, and hit the back of the net ... I think I was the one who got the most enjoyment out of it," he added.

Life Stream facilitates a wide range of opportunities, specifically in South East Queensland, Rockhampton and Mackay, to enable people with a disability to participate, develop skills and be active members of society through sport, providing respite services, accommodation support and community access.

Michael Sedgwick having a go at basketball at Berserker State School. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Michael Sedgwick having a go at basketball at Berserker State School. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka


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