Near perfect conditions greeted over 1,200 dedicated young athletes at Limestone Park in Ipswich for the much-anticipated 2019 GPS Cross Country Championships.

The sixth annual 10 Years and Under to 12 Years and Under Junior GPS Championships got the day off to an exciting start with strong individual performances from the 275 young runners, who showed great determination on the challenging course. In a nail-biting finish, St Joseph’s Nudgee College and Anglican Church Grammar School tied for first place in the Junior GPS Championships. A tie was also declared for third place, with Brisbane Grammar School and The Southport School sharing the honours.

The 49th Annual GPS Cross Country Championships for 13 Years and Under – Open was an extremely close and hard-fought competition. Brisbane Boys’ College were victorious in first place overall and were named winners of The Jack E. Ross Memorial Trophy for the second year in a row. Mr. Mark Pavone, Director of Sport at Brisbane Boys’ College commented:

“Winning a GPS Championships nowadays takes all the stars to align, especially as the competition is of such a high standard. This back-to-back GPS Championship win means so much to so many people in the Green, White and Black BBC community, as it is a testament to the planning, nurturing of talent, high quality coaching, and most importantly the support and commitment of our staff, our students and their families. The sense of community in this sport is quite special, as it encompasses every boy who wants to improve his running and fitness – from the 10 year old runners, right through to the elite boys of national standard who put in such commitment over such a long period of time. Well done to all schools and runners on such fine performances.”

Second place was awarded to Brisbane State High School, with Brisbane Grammar School following in third.

An exceptional day of competition was enriched by the GPS Spirit of Fellowship on display at this Championship event, which has been an important feature of the GPS sporting calendar since 1971.