“I can remember that first hill at Lime Stone Park, Ipswich, like it was yesterday. Limestone Park was OUR stadium. That tunnel of war cries up the steep hill. Cross Country was that raw sport where you’d go to do what kids do best… have the freedom to run.
Personally, the lifelong interschool friendships and healthy rivalries are what I cherish most from my GPS Cross Country days, but as a competitor, it was the GPS history, pride and supporters that gave me the foundations to take those experiences onto following my dreams at racing at multiple Olympic Games.”
Courtney Atkinson The Southport School 1996, International Triathlete and two-times Olympian
“GPS gymnastics has made me strong. I feel like it broke me down, but at the same time it has given me the greatest strength anyone could ask for.”
Kurt Grumelart – 2017 GPS Gymnastics Captain, Brisbane Grammar School
“GPS Music is a fantastic experience and opportunity for students of all GPS schools. It is one of the only events in which like-minded students can collaborate rather than compete, creating an environment where there are no losers, only winners. This event has shown me how much can be achieved in such a short period, with just one day of rehearsal culminating in a unified performance and an endless stream of praise from listeners is a testament to the students and coordinators”.
Conal O’Leary – Year 12 Cellist 2018, Nudgee College
“I am privileged to be a part of the GPS100 Head of the River, leading the blue-red-blue, in my fifth and final year at State High. Head of the River is the pinnacle of the rowing year. It is the culmination of hundreds of hours of training that come down to a couple of minutes of racing where everything is put on the line. Head of the River is unlike any event! Participating in GPS rowing has taught me that quite often the things we do behind the scenes often go unnoticed but they really make the difference to our success. Going that extra mile in training knowing that it may not make a difference today but if we do it each and every day it will become the difference that counts. The memories and friendships that I have gained from rowing in the GPS will remain with me forever! May you row hard, and follow the example set by all the rowers who have come before you in the GPS. Good luck to you all!”
Niall Waller, Brisbane State High School Vice-Captain of Boats, First VIII Coxswain
“Competing in the GPS Championships represents a highlight for all swimmers.”
Joshua Smith – 2018 Captain of Swimming, Toowoomba Grammar School (2017 Australian Champion Under 16 Breaststroke and Commonwealth Games 2018 Competitor)
Track and Field
“Little did I know when competing in the GPS Track & Field Championships as a Year 12 student representing Toowoomba Grammar School in 2013 that I would later represent Australia in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The GPS Competition meant a huge deal to me and contributed to my later success. I still class it as one of the most enjoyable competitions in which I have ever competed.”
Matt Denny, Toowoomba Grammar School 2011 – 2013