Star trio thrills Clinton State School students
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ONE OF the greatest days of my life was when I was in Grade 4 and Australian cricket legend Dean Jones came to my primary school.
Well, yesterday may be one of those days for students at the Clinton State School who were treated to a special visit from three top Australian sporting representatives.
Junior triathlon champion Paul Matthews, Aussie indoor cricket all-rounder James Spargo and towering volleyball player Kurt Maidment dropped by as part of their involvement with the Get Active Queensland Schools program.
The three were at the Clinton to present the new school sports captains with their badges and run a number of activities which promote the message of healthy living.
The Get Active Queensland Schools program is run by Sport and Recreation Queensland throughout the state and Clinton acting deputy principal Steve Kanowski was pleased to have the three at his school.
'It is fantastic to have all three here today for the students, we don't really get the chance in Gladstone like in the cities to get athletes of this calibre here, Kanowski said.
'The students enjoy it a lot and gives them someone to look up to.'
Matthews at 21 is the oldest member of the three and enjoys the opportunity to visit schools around the state.
'For me, the best thing is to travel all around Queensland and get to have fun with all the kids,'' Matthews said.
'I know the kids enjoy it and it definitely keeps me fit.'
Spargo, who was born and bred in Townsville realises the impact school visits from top sportspeople can have.
'I remembered when Kieran Perkins came to our school, that was great and I hope in some way we can have that kind of impact to all the schools we visit,' Spargo said. Meanwhile for Maidment who just finished high school himself, the chance to mix his training and work is a golden one.
'To be able to fit a good job around my training is something which is really good and I know everyone in the program really appreciate that flexibility,' Maidment said.
The three also visited Tannum Sands State School on Monday and continue their Central Queensland tour up in the Beef Capital tomorrow.