Kate Roper, Year 6 student at The Glennie School is diminutive, articulate and determined.

Touch football, hockey and athletics are Kate’s favourite sports. She has gained Darling Downs selection in each. “I love the strategy and mind fitness involved in touch football,” said Kate. Being honoured with the Coach’s Award for Touch and Softball and Most Valuable Player for Hockey at the School’s end of year Sports Awards was a fantastic way to end 2018. Kate’s ultimate goal is to one day represent Queensland. Kate travelled with the Darling Downs Hockey team to Townsville — as one of the youngest team members — and was named Most Improved Player.

While Kate thrives in a team environment, she also enjoys the challenges of individual pursuits such as sprinting and long jump. Her motivation stems from setting herself time goals to achieve personal bests. Shaving half a second off her personal best in sprinting earned her a place on the Darling Downs team competing in Brisbane. While Kate’s sporting commitments do take her out of the classroom, she continues to accumulate an impressive list of academic accomplishments. Academic Distinction Awards for each of her years in Junior Years take pride of place in Kate’s portfolio. She regularly steps outside her comfort zone, striving to take opportunities when they are offered.

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