4 December 2017
The XXIst Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast are imminent, and the winning students and schools have been announced in the 2017 Premier’s Commonwealth Games Challenge. Conducted by Commonwealth Games NSW, the Challenge was open to all students throughout NSW. Over 800 entries were received from all corners, stretching from Burringbar (near Murwillumbah) down to Candelo (near Bega).
All submissions, featuring favourite sport, favourite sports hero or compilation, displayed keen research skills and marvellous creativity, thus making the decision quite difficult for the selection panel. In the K-Yr2 category for artistic design, the winners were: Charlie Shearer 2017
- 1st Prize – Charlie Shearer – Turramurra PS (2074)
- 2nd Prize – Kim Truong – Bossley Park PS (2176)
- 3rd Prize – Issa Kahla – Arranounbai School (2086)
Stories, poems and essays were submitted by Yr3-Yr6 students, with the winners being:
- 1st Prize – Freya Nylund – Boronia Park PS (2110)
- 2nd Prize – Olivia Ronald – Mount Annan PS (2567)
- 3rd Prize – Baileigh Morris – Wyoming PS (2250)
Over $10,000 prizemoney has been won by students and schools as part of the 2017 Premier’s Challenge, including Orange Grove PS (2040), Nymboida PS (2460) and Lalor Park PS (2147) for large volume and percentages in the participation scheme. A featured highlight of the Challenge will be visits by Commonwealth Games athletes and heroes to award the winning prizes. Visits include:
- Turramurra PS (2074) – Heptathlete Alysha Burnett
- Wyoming PS (2250) – Higher jumper Nicola McDermott and boxer Anja Stridsman
- Boronia Park PS (2110) – Discus legend Dani Stevens and artistic gymnast Emma Nedov
Other visits are currently being arranged for Term One 2018.
The NSW Government played a significant role in the Term IV school campaign by distributing links to Premier’s Challenge literature and posters to all government and independent schools throughout NSW. NSW Premier and CGNSW Patron, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP was pleased to support the Challenge.CGNSW was delighted by the Challenge response. CEO Peter Tate sincerely thanked all the students and schools for their participation and wonderful Challenge entries. “Having spoken with many teachers, it is very pleasing how the Challenge inspired widespread interest by the students. They have thoroughly researched numerous past heroes and are looking forward to cheering new heroes at Gold Coast 2018” said Mr Tate.