Beerwah takes athletics crown 20 years running
NOT exactly a heavyweight in terms of size, Beerwah State High School continues to punch above its weight in the Central Zone District Athletics, winning for its 20th consecutive year.
With about 850 students in its ranks, the hinterland school continued its dominance, beating Maroochydore and Mountain Creek state high schools to the title.
Beerwah head of physical education Steve Jeffery said it was an incredible effort from all involved to ensure the school claimed the final Central District carnival before a restructure next year.
"It's an amazing feat by the students and staff," Mr Jeffery said.
"We've got about 850 students and a lot of the others are well above that, almost double the size."
Head of PE for the past five years, Mr Jeffery said there'd been some incredibly talented athletes come through the school and the recent win had some impressive individual performances.
Among those were Mitch and Jake Chalmers, as well as Rowan Sutton.
"Rowan's a tremendous athlete and he's very dedicated. He's definitely one of our standouts," Mr Jeffery said.
The Beerwah team nailed the relay events on the final day to win by 243 points.
While hard to pinpoint the catalyst for the two-decade-long dynasty, Mr Jeffery said much could be explained by the dedication and commitment of parents and students involved in competition.
"A lot (of students) have external coaches and train with them a number of times a week at the Sunshine Coast University track as well as Little Athletics down the road here at Landsborough," he said.