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Awards cap golden year for school duo

14/12/2016
​Centenary SHS's Samuel and Michael
​Two of the key pillars in the Centenary State High School's record-breaking 2016 athletics campaign have been recognised after taking out major gongs at the School's Awards Night in November.

Samuel Berkeley (Junior Sportsperson of the Year) and Michael Melvin (Senior Sportsperson of the Year) were acknowledged for a season highlighted by Centenary SHS's clean sweep at the West Brisbane District Carnival.

The Jindalee school romped to back-to-back district crowns by more than 500 points, becoming the first school in the district to claim the overall title and trophies for boys, girls and percentages.

"The boys played significant roles in the team and were consistently amongst the best trainers in the squad and proved to be excellent role models," athletics director Richard Haines said. "They each had specific goals for the year and attained them, and this has also whet their appetite for further success."

The students were presented with their trophies by Centenary State High School Alumnus Grant Irvine, who competed for Australia at the Rio Olympics. "Grant had some great words of encouragement, which the students will no doubt take on board.  It has been a great year in sport at Centenary SHS."

Melvin said it had been a dream campaign.

"My goals for the year were to compete at the state championships in both cross country and track and field and I achieved these through working hard in all myu sessions.  A highlight was also being part of the school athletics team and dominating at districts," he said.

Centenary SHS Head of Physical Eduction, Steve Mills, said the hard work was paying off.  "We focused much time and effort into the cross country and track and field programs ... and we are proud of seeing the students reaping the rewards."