Brisbane Girls Grammar School invites parents to attend the Sport Parent Information Night, either in person at the school or virtually via Zoom.
Brisbane Girls Grammar School invites current students and parents to an information evening on keeping girls participating in sport and achieving their full potential throughout their adolescent years.
The benefits of playing sport during adolescence are well supported, and include positive outcomes for students’ physical development, focus and academic potential, and mental health and overall wellbeing. However, reports in recent years have identified that half of all Australian teenage girls abandon sport during their adolescent years (The Imagination Gap, 2018). Some of the most common reasons for this include injury, competing time pressures and simply not having fun.
BGGS warmly invites parents and students to an evening that will help support families to effectively manage their girls’ athletic load and build their sporting ability throughout secondary school.
Topics will include:
Presented by BGGS Athlete Development Manager and current Olympic and Paralympic Coach, Mr Paul Pearce, guests will hear from a panel of experienced international athletes, coaches and sports healthcare professionals, and will have the opportunity to have their questions answered.
Kate Watson (Walsh, 1986)
Queensland Academy of Sport Performance Health Manager
Grammar Woman, BGGS past parent and Physiotherapist, Kate Watson (Walsh, 1986), is responsible for preparing the state’s top-performing athletes for international competitions, including the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Kate’s work has led her to positions with the Academy of Sport, Cricket Australia, Tennis Australia, and the Women’s Tennis Association treating players such as world number one, Ash Barty, and tennis great, Serena Williams.
Paralympian and dual Silver medallist Tokyo 2020; Psychology student at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Isis Holt is an Australian Paralympic athlete with cerebral palsy, who competes in T35 Sprint events. After taking up the sport in 2014, Isis’ international successes include two silver medals at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and a gold medal in the Women’s 100m T35 event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Having grown up in Melbourne, Isis moved to Queensland to be coached by BGGS Athlete Development Manager, Mr Paul Pearce, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Psychology at QUT.
Mrs Alice Dabelstein
Head of Hirschfeld House, Coach and HPE Teacher
Mrs Alice Dabelstein has worked in secondary girls’ education for more than 20 years, in Toowoomba and Brisbane. She teaches Health & Physical Education and has been Head of Hirschfeld House since 2014. As Coordinator of Cross Country for nine years and Athletics for 17 years, she is particularly passionate about the important role that the co-curricular program can provide in the holistic education of each girl.
Gia Cayas (Service Captain, 2020)
Alumna and avid sportsperson
Recent BGGS graduate, Gia Cayas (2020), was a passionate sportsperson throughout her time at the School, playing Volleyball, Cross Country, Athletics, Touch, Swimming and Softball.
Currently, Gia is studying Paramedics & Nursing at QUT, while working as a Gymnastics coach at Delta Gymnastics. She credits her involvement in Sport with helping her maintain a sense of balance in her senior years at the School, and intends to pursue sport in the future, with the goal of creating a fun and challenging environment for her Gymnasts to thrive in.