Central State School year 4 student Tony Tremain is encouraged by Queensland softballer Jocelyn McCallum.
Central State School year 4 student Tony Tremain is encouraged by Queensland softballer Jocelyn McCallum.

Sports stara thrill kids? day

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

ONE of the best days of my life came in Year 5 when then Fitzroy champion and current Sydney Swans coach Paul Roos came to my primary school.

It was a day I would never forget even now ? some 15 years later ? and students from Gladstone Central State School had a day like I had yesterday.

They were treated to a special visit from talented trio Jocelyn McCallum, Sandra Avery and Josh Parry as part of the unique Get Active Queensland Schools Program.

The program aims to get all kids having fun and giving sport a go, while also educating them about the importance of nutrition and living healthy lives.

All three have a connection with past Gladstone sportspeople, with softballing duo McCallum and Avery Queensland teammates of Amanda Doman, while Parry played school football with Australian under-19 star Dominic Fuller.

For McCallum, the chance to be involved with the program has given her a perfect preparation for life after softball.

'At the moment I am studying to be a teacher, so visiting the schools with the program has been great for me,' McCallum said.

'As someone who grew up in the country, I really love coming to places such as Gladstone and having fun with the kids.'

Being able to mix work with a busy training schedule has been a blessing for Avery, who like her Queensland team-mate has her eyes on a teaching future.

'Having a great job like this really helps me with my schedule, you can be flexible with your work and like Jocelyn I am hoping to be a teacher in the future,' Avery said.

While for the Brisbane born and bred Parry, the chance to travel is a great perk of the job.

'To travel around the state is great, only a couple of weeks ago I was in Mornington Island ? so you get to see a bit of the state,' Parry joked.

Not surprisingly, the three proved popular with the kids at Central and after the next two days in the Biloela region will sign off their tour at Kin Kora State School on Friday.



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