Cathedral Rowing – Best in QLD

Cathedral Rowing – Best in QLD

Congratulations State Champions – for the second year in a row we can say we are the best rowing school in Queensland!
by Kim Brown – Rowing Coach

The 3 days of competition, ever-changing conditions, and gruelling heat were no match for our Cathedral athletes. I could not be prouder of our athletes’ attitudes, teamwork, and comradery, they banded together to ensure everyone was supported no matter the results. With our dedicated athletes overcoming challenges and working together as a team we have arrived safely home with 10.5 Gold, 6.25 Silver, and 2.75 Bronze bringing us to a total of 19.5 medals. 6 more gold than any other school!

As we all come down from the high that has been the last few days, I would like to start with a few special thank you. Firstly, a big thank you to Terri Talbot for agreeing to come along and assist with the supervision of the kids, you were amazing! Another big thank you to Jacob Groves and Shaun Keough for driving the trailer to Bundaberg and back, without these two coaches we would not have had boats to row. Thank you to the coaches for all their hard work and effort in the lead-up to states and to all the coaches that came on the trip. Without our brilliant coach’s passion for the sport, we would not be where we are today. And finally, thank you to our committed rowers, your passion, commitment, and dedication to the sport have really shone through the weekend with all your hard work and training paying off. 

Congratulations to our senior rowers who celebrated their last regatta under the Cathedral banner and Congratulations to our junior year 8 rowers competing in their first ever state regatta, I hope you have fallen more in love with the sport and that you will continue to build your passion through your senior years. 

I would like to highlight some of our outstanding results:

Gold 🥇
Schoolgirls Single Skull – Sarah S
Year 10 Girls Double Skull – Courtney D and Rosa N
Year 8 Boys Double Skull – Jeshua C and Chad A
Year 9 Boys Double Skull – Ethan W and Braden R 
Schoolboys Single Skull – Micah T
Schoolgirls Pair – Sarah S and Abigail C
Schoolgirls Double – Steffi S and Sarah S 
Year 10 Boys Four – Aiden B, Darcy H, Henry C, Nathan W, and Cox Nicholaas G
Year 10 Girls Single Skull – Courtney D 
Schoolboys Quad Skull – Micah T, Ashton P, Thomas A, Jarrah M and Cox Trinity B

Silver 🥈
School Girls Quad Skull – Steffi S, Sarah S, Abigail C, Isabelle E, and Cox Trinity B
School Boys Pair – Micah T and Ashton P 
School Boys Double Skull- Micah T and Ashton P
Year 8 Boys Double Skull – Ryan Y and Hamish W
Year 10 boys Double Skull – Nathan W and Charlie P 
Year 8 Boys Quad Skull – Ryan Y, Jeshua C, Chad A, Hamish W, and Cox Alexander C

Bronze 🥉
Year 10 Boys Quad Skull- Henry C, Darcy H, Charlie P, Nathan W, and Cox Nicholaas G 
Year 8 Boys Single Skull – Jeshua C

Also a shout out to our athletes in the Northerns crews earning themselves 
Gold 🥇 in the under 19 girls crew – Abigail C, Sarah S, and Trinity B
Silver 🥈 in the under 19 boys crew – Micah T
Bronze 🥉 in the under 17 boys crew – Darch H, Henry C, Nathan W, and Bjorn H

We had so many amazing athletes make the finals; this is an absolute credit to you – narrowly missing out on medals by less than a second in some cases but always keeping your head up high and congratulating those around you! Another shout-out goes to our year 8 and 9s battling conditions and always showing up to help the athletes on and off the water. I know you may not have walked away with the results you wanted but your resilience, teamwork, and positive attitudes are a true credit to you, I hope you keep training hard and reaching for those goals!

I hope you all have a well-deserved rest. 

Kind regards 

Netball Celebration & Awards

Netball Celebration & Awards

Celebrating the 2022 season of Netball at Cathedral with our yearly awards and acknowledgments.

TCS NetSetGo – End of Season Celebration 

It was a fun-filled afternoon of celebration recently for our NetSetGo netballers at their end-of-season break up at the Kirwan Aquatic Centre. Players and their families enjoyed an afternoon of swimming and playing together, as well as the presentation of player medals. Our NetSetGo coaches joined in on the fun and were also acknowledged for their dedication this season.

After an afternoon filled with gratitude and celebration of a great season of netball, attendees then enjoyed the beautiful Cathedral NetSetGo cake. Thank you to Mr. Michael Porter and Mrs. Bec Bulloch for their coordination and guidance of our youngest & most enthusiastic netball teams.

2022 NetSetGo teams were:

CATHEDRAL COOKIES coached by Lily Riley & Charli Appleton – Pippa G, Molly M, Bridget B, Abigail P, Lucy M, Sophia J, Kensi M, Chloe F, Scout D & Olivia W

CATHEDRAL CUPCAKES coached by Heath Connolly & Kate Burbidge – Philippa C, Remy M, Emerson B, Emerson M, Alice C, Mia B, Hayley P & Charli H

CATHEDRAL CHIPMUNKS coached by Natalie Tritton & Keira Young – Rosie M, Zoe M, Ivy H, Charlotte Y, Katie E, Annabel G, Maia P & Lulu G

CATHEDRAL CATS coached by Miliame Mocelutu & Izzy Appleton – Laura K, Olivia G, Felicity C, Arabella N, Elliette Y, Charlotte P, Eleanor P & Frankie T

TCS NETBALL – Season 2022 Celebration and Awards 

It was a beautiful evening of celebration recently for our Pearl, Topaz and Opal netballers at their end-of-season netball dinner in the Rock Centre. This year’s theme was ‘Blockbuster Movies’ which saw each team do a stellar job of decorating their table, where we had the likes of Titanic to Tangled and Jumanji to Grease. The atmosphere was lovely all evening with teams and their coach’s sharing stories of their season together and announcing their team award recipients.

Umpires were recognised and celebrated for their outstanding service, as well as coaches being acknowledged for their dedication to our teams. Major award winners for the evening were Miliame Mocelutu who was announced as ‘Student Coach of the Year’ and Mikealie Payne who received the new perpetual award for ‘Club Contribution’ donated by and to be named in recognition of Mrs Debbie Bennett-Rauch. The official proceedings concluded with a tearful farewell to our departing Year 12 netballers and a heartfelt tribute to Mrs Debbie Bennett-Rauch who is retiring from netball coaching after 15 years of service to our club and whose presence will be missed immensely.

After a night filled with gratitude and celebration of a great season of netball, attendees then kicked up their heels and enjoyed some energetic dancing for the remainder of the evening led enthusiastically by our senior players on the stage.

Team award winners were:

Most Consistent – Zoe Rebgetz
Players’ Player – Mikealie Payne 

Most Consistent – Makenzii Fromberg
Most Improved – Rachel Cook 

Most Consistent – Louise Krogh
Players’ Player – Charanti Andrews 

Most Consistent – Milla Armitage
Most Improved – Molly Gysberts 

Most Consistent – Charlotte Smith
Most Improved – Mackenzie Horan 

Most Consistent – Izabelle Appleton
Most Improved – Yasmin Lane  

Most Consistent – Natalie Tritton
Most Improved – Jessica McDonald 

Most Consistent – Shaquana Castors
Most Consistent – Claire Saro

Most Consistent – Akeelah Harrigan
Most Improved – Yanche Neal 

Most Consistent – Grace Hood
Most Improved – Mia Clive 

Most Consistent – Maddi McLean
Most Improved – Emily Cook 

Most Consistent – Jakya Bligh
Most Improved – Claire Kratzmann 

Most Consistent – Molly Pool
Most Improved – Sophie Pope 

Most Consistent – Abbey Gillinder
Most Improved – Sophie Spreadborough 

Most Consistent – Eleanor Saro
Most Improved – Ella Hodda 

Most Consistent – Madeline Turner
Most Improved – Caitlyn Cavanagh 

Most Consistent – Sophia Saro
Most Improved – Eve Musumeci 

Most Consistent – Jacquie O’Halloran
Most Improved – Mila Halpin 

Congratulations to all of these players for their outstanding achievement this year and to all of our teams, coaches & umpires for a great season.

Interhouse Athletics Carnival

Interhouse Athletics Carnival

Middle & Senior School Athletics Carnival 2022

The Middle and Senior School students enjoyed another beautiful winter’s day at the ‘Red-Track’ competing in the 2022 Interhouse Athletics Carnival. Organising 600+ students at an external school event is something that John Rauch and the supporting staff make look effortless, and they should be congratulated on another successful sports carnival.

Photographer: Jo Duncan

House Championship Results
1st – BEDE (872pts) 1st – BEDE (692pts)
2nd – MORE (870pts) 2nd – MORE (468pts)
3rd – CHATHAM (805pts) 3rd – LANGTON (430pts)
4th – LANGTON (659pts) 4th – CHATHAM (384pts)
Age Champions
AGE 1st 2nd
12 GIRL Jillian McCauley – Bede – 24pts Emma McMahon – More – 18pts
12 BOY Kolby Walters – Bede – 18pts Marley Milbourne – More – 17pts
13 GIRL Lily Johnston – Chatham & Mia Clive – Bede – 23pts Hannah Pollock – Langton – 19pts
13 BOY Dale Humphreys – Chatham – 26pts Patrick Wheeler – Langton – 18pts
14 GIRL Keira Wallace – More – 22pts Halle Burgers – Chatham – 19pts
14 BOY Jeshua Cronje – More – 23pts Hamish Wright – Chatham – 19pts
15 GIRL Sophie Davis – Bede – 29pts Shaquana Castors – Chatham – 28pts
15 BOY Zane Bethel – Chatham – 28pts Jack Strevens – Langton – 27pts
16 GIRL Ashley Tengbom – Bede – 28pts Janae Pearce – Chatham – 19pts
16 BOY Dugald Cox – Bede – 19pts Joshua Tonkin – Chatham – 17pts
17 GIRL Zoe Rebgetz – More & Grace Abdy – Bede – 25pts Madeline Wallace – More – 16pts
17 BOY Jonathan Cavallo – More – 21pts Daniel Keough – Bede – 19pts
18 GIRL Savanah Wilshire – Bede – 26pts Sarah Scobie – More – 23pts
18 BOY Jacob Nielsen – Chatham – 24pts Will Chambers – More – 23pts


Interschool Cross Country 2022

Interschool Cross Country 2022

There were some outstanding results for our middle and senior runners at this year’s Interschool Cross Country.

Girls Age Champions from the Interhouse Cross Country and representatives for the Interschool Cross Country: (Left to Right) Emma McMahon, Pia Plath, Summer Mason, Claire Saro, Ginger Cox, Madeleine Wallace, and Jayde Cochrane.
Some of the stand out results (in respective age categories) include:

Pia Plath, Ginger Cox, and Jayde Cochrane

Steffi Simon and Claire Saro

Madeleine Wallace and Tom Nicholls-Ward

Jett Mason

Emma McMahon, Zoe Rebgetz, and Grace Abdy

Micah Talbot

Estella Smith, Grace O’Brien, and Eliza Gysberts

Zara Molachino, Lewis Neame, and Toby Salmon

Rhylie Hembling and Thomas Saro

MTB Academy 2022

MTB Academy 2022

Welcome, Nick Verhoeven.

The Cathedral School is proud to welcome Mr. Nick Verhoeven as the new Mountain Bike Academy Coordinator.

Head of Junior School, Mr. Luke Baills highlighted Nick’s enthusiasm for the sport and strong organisation skills as key factors of his appointment “Nick is passionate for the sport of mountain biking and is a highly organised and connected member of the North Queensland community. We are excited to support Nick as he builds on the outstanding work of Charlize Penny, Jesse Smith, and Tom Hollis (founding students of the MTB Academy in 2020)”.

Nick also has a connection with the school through his daughter Alyssa who is currently studying Year 12 at Cathedral.

“A little about me… I am married and the father of three children, Alyssa, and twins Shannon and Jordan.” Nick said. “I was originally involved in Athletics, represented Australia at the 1990 Oceania Games in Fiji and spent some time at Penn State University in the USA. Following a few injuries, I took up riding, specifically Mountain biking due to it being more nature based and allowing for exploration on dirt roads and trails. I generally compete in Mountain Bike races over 70km in length across the country and ride a Single-Speed, ie No Gears.”

Locals may also know of Nick via his involvement with Townsville financial business Hallerwealth over the past 21 years. “After a long career in the Finance Industry, I was looking for a change in lifestyle and a position I could bring my passion for riding, being active, and enjoying the outdoors. I had originally planned to take six months off and plan for the next challenge, but after only two months, this incredible opportunity arrived. The fact this position became available at an amazing school was just a bonus.” said Nick. “The reason I love Mountain biking is that it allows an outlet to the crazy, busy, and stressful life we all live in. Riding is my meditation and allows me to forget about work, deadlines, everything that is happening in the world, and just focus on the trail whilst enjoying the outdoors and all it offers.”

“My aim for the Academy is to allow an avenue for all students to get involved in an activity that is not only fun and healthy but can literally take you places, either riding to school or the shops, riding for pleasure, or getting involved in races locally or other locations in Australia, or around the world. Mountain Biking is a Commonwealth and Olympic sport so the opportunities are endless!”

Pictured: Nick competing at the Mackay Mountain Marathon.

“My aim for the Academy is to allow an avenue for all students to get involved in an activity that is not only fun and healthy but can literally take you places, either riding to school or the shops, riding for pleasure, or getting involved in races locally or other locations in Australia, or around the world. Mountain Biking is a Commonwealth and Olympic sport so the opportunities are endless!”

The MTB Academy is open to all students Prep to Year 12. All you need is a can-do attitude, a bike (any bicycle), helmet and a smile. If you don’t have a bike or helmet, Cycle de Vie can give you all the help you need with 1% of all sales coming back to the Academy.

Pictured: Nick working hard all the way to finish the 2020 Paluma Push.
Head Of The River 2021

Head Of The River 2021

Another Sensational Win For Team Cathedral

It was another sterling performance by The Cathedral School Rowing Team at this year’s Head Of The River Regatta in Townsville, winning overall school, and bringing home three of the four oars. The team delivered a swag of medals and capped off a magnificent career for retiring Head Coach, Stephan Muhlenberg.

After 21 Finals, the team finished with:

11   x    First Place
13   x    Second
8     x     Third
7     x     Fourth
7     x     Fifth

Rowing Co-ordinator’s Report

“This regatta was one of our biggest point scorers with some finals of 3, 4, or 5 Cathedral crews/rowers. Everyone really gave it their all. I am always so impressed with the back-to-back racing of many of our rowers and the way they approach this challenge. What we find is that at States, when races are spread over three days our rowers are well prepared to do well, their endurance showing.

Well done to the Open Girls eight, you looked smooth and won convincingly. I think this will be the strongest girls eight heading off to States since the 2008 crew, which came 5th in the States final and was hot on the heels of the Big Brisbane Girls schools.

I was also so proud of the Boys Open Eight who raced a very tight race and gave their all to try to bring home the fourth trophy Oar for the day for Cathedral. I know how disappointed they were. We can’t win all the time and Grammar has put a lot of effort and priority on their Eight this year.

Well done also to the second Boys eight who came a healthy second and due to illness included three Year 9 rowers. Great Heart boys !

Those invited to row at State will have been sent their eCat invitation today. Only those students going to States, will now train in the lead up to States. This includes one Eight 8 boys quad, two Year 8 girls quads, two Year 9 Boys quads, a Year 10 boys double, Five Year 11 Boys and the Girls Eight. States is always about taking your strongest crews, and doubling up in some year groups where there is depth.

Work hard for those rowing on. If you are not, well done for your local season and your commitment to the program. Everyone should be so proud of TEAM CATHEDRAL.”

Regards, Katrina Wilshire.

Thank you to Photography Contributors: Trudy Stewart & Katrina Wilshire.