Tweed high students thriving under pro sports program
STUDENTS at Tweed River High School have reaped the benefits of a sports development program, with many individuals reaching state and national level.
The school has given students the opportunity to exceed in their chosen sport by providing selective professional coaching as part of the curriculum.
Physical education teacher Jesse Coates, a teacher of 14 years, said the program had been beneficial to students.
"It attracts a lot of kids to the school and basically gives them the opportunity to get that professional coaching and to develop their skills in their chosen sports," he said.
Rugby league sensation Shaun Dinsey, 14, has been selected as a part of the Titans development squad and hopes to play along side with his heroes.
Shaun was part of the under 14s winning team from Tweed River High School, who took out the Buckley shield at this year's state final.
School captain Sammy-Jo Curtis has represented NSW and Queensland at state level in both touch and netball.
Sammy-Jo hopes to one-day use sport as a career by studying sports exercise science at university.
Fellow Year 12 student Jye Rogers is an upcoming surf lifesaver and open water swimmer who narrowly missed selection for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships after placing fourth at the Australian titles this year.
Although Jye has achieved most of his best efforts outside school, he is a great asset to the surf lifesaving program and has successfully gone through to school state level swimming.
Seth Johnson, 12, was inspired by the London Olympics and his big sister to pursue his dream of becoming a top-level swimmer and surfer.
Mr Coates said the remarkable commitment he shows towards his sports along with his desire to win state medals drives him to put in the hours of training with ease.
"It's great to see them coming from Year 7 right through to Year 12, being involved with sport and actively staying involved with sport," he said.
Coates commends the great results down to the community support and excellent facilities in the Tweed Heads area.