Sport at Glennie
The Glennie School has a rich sporting history. It has been providing opportunities for students to participate in sports since its inception in 1908. Over the years, the school has developed a strong sporting culture, with a wide range of activities available.
One of the earliest sports played at Glennie was tennis. The school hosted its first tennis tournament in 1910. Netball was also introduced in the early 1900s, and the school has continued to be a strong contender in netball competitions ever since. Hockey was first played in the 1920s and many talented players have graced our fields in the decades that have followed.
Cricket, athletics and swimming have also been popular sports at Glennie. The school has hosted numerous cricket matches, athletics competitions and swimming meets, and has produced many successful athletes in these areas.
In recent years, the school has introduced touch football, futsal and volleyball to cater to a wider range of student interests and abilities. The school has also invested in modern facilities, including a multi-purpose sports complex, tennis courts and a swimming pool.
Today, Glennie is known for its strong sporting culture, with many students participating at both competitive and recreational levels. The school has a proud history of producing talented athletes who have gone on to represent their state and country.
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Sport on offer
At Glennie, we believe it is important to offer a variety of sports for the following reasons:
- Every student has different interests and abilities, and offering a wide variety of sports provides greater opportunities for individuals to find a sport they enjoy and excel in. For example, some girls may not be interested in traditional team games such as soccer or basketball, but they may prefer individual pursuits like tennis or swimming.
- All sports require different physical attributes such as strength, speed, agility, coordination and endurance. A variety of sports allows girls to develop a broad range of physical skills that help to improve overall fitness and performance.
- Sport is an important component in a well-rounded education. It can teach important life skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership.
- Sport can help to reduce dropout rates and encourage long-term participation in physical activity.
- Offering a variety of sports promotes diversity and inclusivity by enabling individuals from different backgrounds, cultures and abilities to play and compete together. It helps to break down barriers and create new friendships.
Health and wellbeing
Sport has numerous benefits for both physical health and mental wellbeing:
- Improves cardiovascular health: Engaging in regular physical activity through sport reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Increases strength and flexibility: Many sports involve physical activity, such as running, jumping, stretching and other movements that boost balance and coordination.
- Boosts immunity: Engaging in regular physical activity through sports can boost the immune system and help prevent illnesses such as the common cold and flu.
- Reduces stress and anxiety: Sport can provide a healthy outlet for stress and anxiety, helping to improve mental wellbeing and reduce the risk of depression.
- Builds self-esteem: Participating in sport can help inspire confidence, particularly in children and teenagers.
- Encourages social interaction: Playing sport enables opportunities for social interaction and can help foster social skills and relationships.
Sport provides a fun and effective way to improve physical health and mental wellbeing, making it an essential component of a healthy lifestyle.
Glennie Sports Academy
The Glennie Sports Academy is broken down into three stages: participation, representative and elite. These stages allow students to enjoy sport at all levels, whether they have never played before or have a dream to represent their country.
Participation: This stage is about the development of basic skills and knowledge. It involves participation in a range of sports and activities that help develop fundamental movement skills, physical literacy and general athletic abilities.
Representative: This stage involves the identification and selection of athletes who have the potential to excel in a particular sport. These are the students who are selected in Glennie or Darling Downs representative sports teams.
Elite: This stage is about the development of high-level skills, strategies and techniques required to compete at an elite level. Students at this level have been selected in Queensland or Australian teams. It involves specialised training and coaching, as well as the use of performance analysis to fine-tune an athlete’s performance.
Embedded in all three stages of the Glennie Sports Academy is a holistic approach to becoming an athlete. There is a focus on the entire athlete, including their physical, psychological and social well-being. Instead of concentrating solely on the technical and tactical aspects of a particular sport, the Glennie Sports Academy recognises the importance of addressing the individual needs and goals of each athlete so that they can reach their full potential and enjoy a fulfilling and rewarding experience.
Results and success
In 2022 The Glennie School experienced both individual and team successes. There were over 100 students selected in Darling Downs representative teams. Twenty-five students were selected in Queensland squads and teams and five students were selected for Australian honours.
There was also team success in athletics, equestrian, football, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby 7s, swimming, touch football and volleyball.
There are several Glennie girls who have gone on to achieve significant success after graduating. These include:
- Angie Lambert nee Skirving (GOG1998)
- Alyssa Azar (GOG2013)
- Shenae Ciesiolka (GOG2014)
- Anthea Moodie (GOG2017)
- Tori Gallegos (GOG2020)
- Jess Rowe (GOG2022)