When it comes to being actively involved in the sporting curriculum at TACAPS, Year 6 student Olivia Macdonald is definitely not a wallflower. Olivia is a member of the TACAPS Under 12 netball, rugby union, rugby league and Andrews Cup Athletics teams in addition to undertaking representative duties for the Darling Downs in rugby union, rugby league and athletics; an outstanding all-round effort.

At this year’s Interhouse Athletics Carnival, Olivia was crowned Under 12 Age Champion finishing first in the 100 and 200 metre sprints, long jump, shotput and discus, breaking a 16-year old discus record with an impressive throw of 25.94 metres in the process. TACAPS Head of Sport Mr David Wigan said the key to Olivia’s success lie in her exemplary work ethic. “Livy is committed to all she does, has a very mature approach to training and never shies away from a challenge,” he said. “She is a powerful athlete who uses her natural strength and speed to great effect.”

Juggling school work with a busy training schedule can be a challenge for most, but for Olivia sport is a welcome reprieve from academics. “It can get hectic at times, especially in the lead up to carnivals, but I still enjoy taking a break from studying to train with my team mates,” she said. While Olivia enjoys competing in a variety sports, rugby has fast become the budding Wallaroo’s favourite. “I like the thrill of running out onto the field with my teammates and the excitement of scoring a try. I look forward to playing each and every week.”

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