The Future Athlete Specialist Training program at Bray Park State High School has been established to provide a balance between academic and sporting aspirations. Students face many challenges and pressures which can lead to abandoning their sporting endeavours in favour of their academic studies or vice versa. The program aims to provide athletes with:
A supportive schooling environment providing assistance to students in balancing academic and sporting endeavours.
A high performance culture for students focussing on sporting excellence and academic achievement
High performance coaching, best practice training programs and structured support systems.
Diverse sporting & career pathways
The program is centred on the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework for the optimal development of sport participants of all ages, interests and abilities, and in all sports. LTAD is important for the ongoing development of enhanced Participation, Excellence, capacity and Interaction.
The core components of the development program include:
Physical athlete preparation
Technical sport concept development: skills, strategies and tactics in a range of sport settings. Supported by nationally accredited and industry experienced coaches.
Athlete wellbeing & Academic monitoring
History of High Achievement
National level taekwondo
State - athletics
Regional level athletes – touch football, soccer & netball
Students will only retain their position in the program by continuing to meet the requirements of their chosen sport and the specific actions outlined in the athlete agreement. The athlete agreement outlines a set of key performance indicators that the athlete must achieve to remain in the program. Several of these are based around their academic achievements, behaviour and conduct within the school setting. Others are more specific to the
FAST program and are related to attendance of training sessions, competitions and workshops.
Failure to adhere may result in being withdrawn from the program, whilst progression from year level to year level in the program is not automatic.
The program aims to develop every athlete through a personalized training program and caters for students from
Entry into the program is selective and very competitive. Only a limited number of positions are offered. Selection trials are held prior to the new year and on demand if required. It is important to remember that not all students who apply for entry will be accepted. However students who think they are able, and are committed enough to fulfil the selection criteria are encouraged to apply.
The application process will require students to complete the application form, attend trials, fitness tests or interviews as required.
Please complete the Application form and forward it to Bray Park State High School reception.
Attend a Trial Day to show us your skills.
If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate us on (07) 3881 6666.
As participation in Bray Park SHS Future Athlete Specific Training Program is voluntary, there is a program fee that is payable upon acceptance into the program. An annual fee contributes to additional resources exclusively for students within the program. The fee will also directly cover gymnasium and facility use, qualified coaches, guest speakers and specialised training for teachers.
Students are required to purchase a training uniform in addition to other school uniforms.
Who takes the program?
Derek Cliff is a Physical Education Teacher based at Bray Park State. He has an extensive sporting history as both as an athlete, a coach and a sports conditioner. He played Rugby League at semi-professional level for Fortitude Valley Diehards and later the Logan Scorpions where following his retirement he took over the A Grade conditioning duties. During his time as a conditioner he has consulted with Triathlon Australia Age Group representatives and travelled as the Head Conditioner to World Championships in Hawaii as well as Portugal and assisted with the Gold Coast World Championships. Working with Queensland School Sport Derek has also filled the role of State Conditioner for the QLD Heat AFL team and the Qld Schools Touch Open Male and Female teams. Derek is a Level Two SMA Trainer and has coaching qualifications in Touch, Rugby League, Volleyball and Netball. He has spent nearly the last decade as the Metropolitan North Open Boys Touch coach.
John Tabrett is the Head of HPE & Sport at Bray Park SHS, supporting the FAST program whilst coordinating the Rugby League and Rugby 7’s programs. He has experience playing Rugby Union at a semi-professional level in Australia and abroad. John is a Level 2 accredited Rugby Union coach and Level 1 Rugby League Coach. He has coached Queensland Secondary Schools U15 and U18 teams, Metropolitan U15 North and acted as an assistant coach for Souths Rugby Union Club. John is currently working alongside Damon Kelly coordinating the Bray Park Weightlifting club.
Damon Kelly is one of Australia’s top weightlifters of his generation and one of the best super heavyweights Australia has seen. His weightlifting journey began when he was 14 at St Laurence’s College. Over the past 13 years Damon has been involved in many roles in weightlifting apart from lifting and the most enjoyable has been coaching. Damon coached for several years at St Laurence’s College taking boys from beginners to national age championships gold medalist. This Year Damon has started to work with Bray Park State High School, working closely with FAST athletes once a week. Damon holds a Cert III in fitness as well as a State Weightlifting/Sports Power Coach 2 Licence. Damon offers a unique coaching experience with his extensive Olympic weightlifting training and competition experience.