Volleyball player Scarlett Rudder, Outrigger Chloe Quinlan and swimmer Sally Vagg were chosen for Australian and Queensland representative duties.
Volleyball player Scarlett Rudder, Outrigger Chloe Quinlan and swimmer Sally Vagg were chosen for Australian and Queensland representative duties. Matt Taylor GLA151018REPS

Tannum trio score awards

ATHLETICS: The Tannum Sands cavalcade of athletic superstars has gained another degree of sporting excellence through recognition in the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation's Sporting Star Awards.

Chloe Quinlan and Scarlett Rudder were both awarded Highly Commended for their efforts representing Australia in outrigging and volleyball.

Sally Vagg was awarded a Commended for representing Queensland in swimming.

The three Tannum Sands State High School students shine brightly with their level of excellence and are in hot pursuit of more sporting glory.

Rudder's pinnacle for volleyball was captaining the Australian squad while on a playing trip in America.

"I got to travel the USA with the Australian team as captain and it was amazing and a great learning experience for me," Rudder said.

"The three days of training leading up to it was excellent learning not just about volleyball but leadership skills as well."

During Rudder's trip she got to see first-hand the professionalism of American volleyball.

"It's so different and very competitive with a high quality of play," she said.

Quinlan's opportunity came from a missed one - with ankle injuries ruling her out of one sport but opened the chance to power ahead with another.

Representing Australia overseas at the World Championships Outrigging in Tahiti gave Quinlan a great experience of her sporting career.

"I got to go to Tahiti with the Australian team for outrigging and it was extremely tough water competition because you can't predict the wind or the weather," Quinlan said.

"It was good hard work but worth it with lot of training leading up to it."

Tannum's own 'Madam Butterfly' Sally Vagg was the Age Champion at the recent Western Suburbs Swimming Sprint and has set the pool on fire winning gold, silver and bronze for Queensland.

"I really enjoy swimming, the fitness it requires and the friends I have made doing it," Vagg said.

During the 2018 School Swimming Championships in Hobart, Vagg shone with a bounty of medals.

She won gold in the 50m Butterfly, silver 50m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly and bronze 100m Freestyle, 4x50m Freestyle and 4x50m Individual Medley - Butterfly.

Vagg has set high standards of competition to achieve and great swimming role models to look up to for inspiration.

"It would be great to get selected for Australian swimming one day and the Campbell (Bronte and Cate) sisters are my favourite swimmers," she said.

"Winning these medals and awards has taken a lot of hard work."



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