St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School has unveiled a new multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art sports and wellbeing facility on its Ascot campus. The new precinct was officially opened in August by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, and dedicated by The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall Archbishop of Brisbane.

The new sports and wellbeing centre features an 11 lane water polo compliant, heated swimming pool with two 50m lanes, outdoor tennis courts and a large gym with an oak sprung floor with court linings. This is for particular sports such as badminton, volleyball, netball and basketball. An indoor climbing wall features seven auto-belay stations, a strength and conditioning gym, a dedicated ergometer room to support rowing, and modern health and physical education classrooms.

St Margaret’s Principal Ros Curtis said sport; health and physical education are an essential aspect to their school and play a crucial role in delivering the holistic education the school is known for. “We know that when students are at their healthiest and happiest, their academic performance and the way they engage and interact in the classroom are improved,” she said.

As part of its personalised learning, St Margaret’s School helps its students to develop their sporting prowess. Elite athletes are supported to successfully coordinate training and competition schedules with all other aspects of their education through the school’s Flyers program, helping students to reach their sporting and academic goals. St Margaret’s alumni consist of some of Australia’s best Olympians and sporting stars such as Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Barratt, Maddie and Jacinta Edmunds and Sally Kehoe.

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