Trio named for national Exchange

Published 6:00am 11 May 2024

Trio named for national Exchange
Words by Nick Crockford

Pictured: Abbie McDonald, Tian Markart and Amelie Hoefel who are in the Queensland squads for national titles.

Three Redcliffe students have been selected in Queensland squads for the Australian Schools Water Polo Exchange.

Tian Markart of Mueller College, Abbie McDonald from Grace Lutheran College and Amelie Hoefel of Redcliffe State High School, were selected after trials.

All three were competing in the Queensland School Sport Championship, from May 2-5, at The Valley Pool in Brisbane.

Amelie Hoefel, Abbie Mc Donald, Tian Markart, Mia Doyle and Tiana Doyle who all medalled at the Queensland Championships.

A Probables v Possibles match was held after the semi-finals and the state 13-19 teams were announced following the grand finals. 

It was the second leg of a terrific hat-trick for Amelie and Abbie who also won gold medals with Sunshine Coast at the state schools’ titles.

They won the girls’ title in a dramatic penalty shootout with Met East. Met North was third and were then named in the championship’s Top 14 Merit team.

Team-mates Tiana Doyle and Mia Doyle, who both go to Grace Lutheran College, also collected gold medals at the state championships.

Grace Lutheran College students Mia Doyle, Abbie Mc Donald and Tiana Doyle with the championship shield and their medals

Tian won a bronze medal with Sunshine Coast behind boys’ winners Met North and runners-up Met East.

Also competing at Fortitude Valley were regional teams from Met West, South Coast, Northern, Darling Downs and Capricornia.

The dates and venue for the Australian Schools Exchange have yet to be announced.

Amelie Hoefel with her Queensland gold medal

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