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Sport at St Laurence’s College is built on the foundations of mateship, good sportsmanship and fair competition.

Sport plays an important role in the holistic education we offer at the College. We believe sport supports the development of essential lifelong physical skills and healthy behaviours, which continue into adulthood. We also believe that it is an aid to good academic achievement, as sport - and the associated training - fosters discipline and perseverance. 

Our Sport Facilities 

We have a proud history of sporting traditions and outstanding achievements. 

Our sport facilities are designed to support our students to thrive, including a multipurpose synthetic grass field located onsite with a further eight grass ovals located at our Runcorn Playing Fields.

We saw an exciting addition to our facilities in 2017, with the opening of our world-class Sports Centre, a modern and spacious facility providing an undercover space for a range of sports. Features include change rooms and toilets for home and away teams, offices, an expansive sports hall, 220-person spectator seating and a gym overlooking the sports hall. 

The AIC

St Laurence’s College is a member of the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) Sporting Competition. This competition caters for Years 5-12 across a number of sports throughout the year. Sports involved in the AIC Competition are:

The College is also a member of both Mt Gravatt District (10-12 Years) and Composite District (13-19 Years) representative school sports districts. This allows students a representative school sport pathway through the district, region and state.

Sport Excellence Program (EP Sport)

Beyond our students’ day-to-day sporting pursuits, our Sport Excellence Program empowers elite within the College to achieve their academic and sporting potential. 

Athletes in the program are supported by the Excellence Program Coordinator who assists the athletes to manage a balance of academic, training and competition commitments as well as sport-specific strength and conditioning.

Schools Excellence Selection Criteria 2024

Sports Excellence Application Form 2024

All Sport Excellence Program enquiries should be directed to Ms Rebecca Dwyer - rdwyer@slc.qld.edu.au .

Athletic Development Program (ADP)

After conducting a College-wide study, the St Laurence’s College Sports Department discovered that many of our high performing sportsmen play a multitude of sports and that overuse injuries were more likely in these athletes. In order to reduce some of these in-season demands and injuries, a more co-ordinated approach to athletic development was established.

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After conducting a College-wide study, the St Laurence’s College Sports Department discovered that many of our high performing sportsmen play a multitude of sports and that overuse injuries were more likely in these athletes. In order to reduce some of these in-season demands and injuries, a more co-ordinated approach to athletic development was established.

The Performance Sports Unit (PSU) focuses on higher performing athletes and considers the physical demands, requirements and time commitments of these students.

The Performance Sports Unit oversee the newly created Foundation Squads and Performance Squads. By establishing a PSU, we have created a whole College approach to our Sports program, with all sports’ leaders understanding the requirements across all sports.

A key step on the Lauries Sport Pathway is the Foundation Squad. The squad incorporates a select number of athletes across the College who have demonstrated the required skills and criteria to be considered for selection at a level above the College’s A team in the previous season.

A further key step on the Lauries Sport Pathway is the Performance Squad. The squad incorporates a select number of players across the College who have demonstrated the required skills and criteria to be considered for selection in the College’s First Teams each year.

Player selections for both the Foundation and Performance squads come from coach consultations and player adherence to the selection criteria based on the previous season’s AIC competition. In order to reward student performance throughout the AIC and schooling season, students can be added to either squad at any stage.

The underlying component of the PSU is the Athletic Development Program (ADP). Movement and Strength development is common
across all sports and it is the aim of the ADP to develop individual athletes’ Movement and Strength across multiple sports.

The ADP develops a student from Years 7 - 12 to play sport at their highest level for the school, by teaching and developing their movement, speed, strength, power and fitness specifically to their sport and individual needs. The students apply themselves to the best of their ability. The mindset is for all our students in the PSU to follow the stages: LEARN TO TRAIN > TRAIN TO TRAIN > TRAIN TO WIN.

No athlete’s program is the same, the ADP designs programs individualised for each athlete. Our program caters for athletes from AFL, Basketball, Chess, Cricket, Cross Country, Football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball as well as many more.

Support and Resources

Sport Staff 

Head of Sport Mr Patrick Byron and his team lead a sporting program that creates opportunities for all students to realise their potential. Each of the Association sports has a Primary Coordinator and an AIC Director who are responsible for coaching and the administration of that sport.

Useful Resources