Tyalan house triumphs
A HIGH student participation rate and outstanding individual performances gave Tyalan house a comprehensive overall victory in last Friday's Gladstone State High School interhouse swimming carnival.
Tyalan took charge of the Gladstone Aquatic Centre for a day, piling on 1041 points to easily outgun opposing houses Kougari (824), Parnka (601) and Damala (554).
Tyalan's domination was reflected in the girls' age champions list with the house providing five of the six champions.
House captain Brendan Parnaby led the Parnka, claiming the boys open championship while Tyalan house captain Sarah Briggs did the same in the girls open competition.
Brother and sister combination Kieran and Kayla Bray completed a memorable family double by taking out the boys' and girls' Gladstone Gift handicap freestyle event titles respectively.
Kougari earnt the most house spirit award points on the day.
Damala experienced a considerable turnaround in fortunes after having taken out victory in the school's recent great tunnelball race by employing a new tactic which is expected to have set the new standard for future years.
Instead of lining their side up in one long line, they broke their ranks into groups of 20 with a strong thrower at the front of each group and a capable receiver at the back.
Age champions: Boys: Open ? Brendan Parnaby (Parnka); 16 years ? Matthew Druitt (Kougari); 15 years ? Broughton McIntyre (Kougari); 14 years ? Kerryn Miers (Tyalan); 13 years ? David Black (Kougari).
Girls: Open ? Sarah Briggs (Tyalan); 16 years ? Sarah Lowe (Tyalan); 15 years ? Sophie Lamberton/Kayla Bray (both Tyalan); 14 years ? Jessica Collins (Kougari); 13 years ? Shannen McLean.