From the Alumnae Relations Manager

Welcome to the first edition of Bishbar Blue for 2021.

The decision last year to delay the Olympic Games marked the first time the event has not been held as scheduled since World War II. With only two months remaining until the Summer Olympics, scheduled to commence in Tokyo on Friday 23 July, and the Paralympics due to follow from Tuesday 24 August, this year’s Olympics are, for many, one of the most anticipated games yet.

In this edition of Bishbar Blue, member of Australia’s Olympic women’s water polo team, Gabi Palm (2015), and elite athlete Lucy Stirling (2010), discuss their training preparations amidst ongoing coronavirus concerns.

Queensland’s Academy of Sport Performance Manager and APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist, Dr Kate Watson (1986), also provides insight into her role in caring for and preparing athletes for the upcoming games.

How does one realign their goals when, less than 57 days out, there is still a sense of uncertainty on whether the games will proceed?

Athletes around the world have been forced to find innovative ways to stay in shape during extended lockdown periods and become disciplined in managing not only their physical health but mental health by blocking out what is beyond their control.

Cancelled competitions, ever-changing health and safety regulations, and a recent decision to ban overseas spectators from the Games make it easy to understand why many athletes may have decided not to compete.

These Grammar women have, however, decided to persevere and dedicate themselves to attending the world’s biggest sporting event.

Beyond the sporting field, it is this trait of dedication that unites so many Grammar women. A commitment to continually improve and be recognised as the best in their field. We congratulate the following Grammar women:

  • Dr Wendy Page (1972), who was named the Northern Territory State Recipient for Australian of the Year 2021 for the remarkable contribution she has made to improving Aboriginal health outcomes over the past 30 years.
  • Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger (1965), who was one of only four recipients bestowed a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her significant service to mathematics. Cheryl was also recognised for her substantial contribution to tertiary education, as a leading academic and researcher, to international organisations, and as a champion of women in STEM careers.
  • Professor Helene Marsh (Gould, 1962), who was awarded an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the biological and environmental sciences, conservation of marine mammals, and tertiary education.

We celebrate our Grammar Women.

Ms Antonia Swindells
Alumnae Relations Manager