← BCC Student Claims Success On Squash Court

With representative season for school sport well underway; it’s exciting to celebrate with our students whose hard work and persistence has paid off with regional or state selection.

Cornelis van der Merwe travelled to Brisbane at the end of May to compete in the Queensland School Sport State Titles for Squash.

Held at the Sandgate Squash Centre in Brisbane, Cornelis competed over 5 days, eventually succeeding in winning the Queensland “D” division. Shalom College student Patrick Connelly was the runner up in a great result for the Wide Bay region.

Cornelis enjoys the competition of several different sports, having competed for BCC in Volleyball, Football (soccer) and Rugby 7s. Whilst Squash is not an official school sport, his passion and commitment remains the same with regular training and games to help him achieve this level of competition.

Cornelis appreciated the way that both school and school sport have helped shape him as a competitor, especially the relationships of coaches and mentors. “Schooling and school sport has taught me to be resilient and to deal with losses and challenges on the way. The interaction with peers and opposition players has taught me good sportsmanship under the guidance of teacher/coaches. Although squash is not a very big sport in Bundaberg, I have found my peers very supportive but also teachers like Mr Charles Hibbard, Mr Sam Hodges and Mr Andy Iles, supportive and encouraging of my sporting activities.”

Cornelis has a training session once a week for his squash games and also participates in social games as part of his training for events like this.

Photos Courtesy of proud Mum Vanessa van der Merwe