School boasts top trio

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 24-Nov-2017

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Nick and Emily Kearns and diver Kiara Field are headed to Adelaide. Photo:Andrew Perryman.
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YOU’D struggle to find many prouder school principals than Paul Wilkinson.

Most schools are abuzz when even one student represents their state in any sport.

Imagine having three headed to the Pacific Schools Games.

In diver Kiara Field and Bendigo East Swimming Club duo Emily and Nick Kearns, that’s the rare level of aquatic talent that Holy Rosary Primary School school has on its hands.

The trio will be heading to next month’s games in Adelaide and competing against students with aquatic facilities in their schools.

Not only will their competitors travel from around the country, but also Canada, China and other powerful swimming and diving nations.

“I think the whole school is really proud of them, I know I certainly am,” Wilkinson said.

“The whole school is really behind them and hoping they do well.

“Our parents and parishioners group has also been able to support them with some fundraising, to make sure they can get there and compete as best they can.”

While the Kearns siblings, Emily in grade six and Nick in grade four, will have several Bendigo East teammates heading with them, Field will be joined by just Abby Rowley from the local Bendigo Divers.

That duo has both taken national success before, and will be aiming for more when the championships begin on December 23at the State Aquatic Centre in Oaklands Park.

Basketball, diving, football, goalball, golf, hockey, netball, softball, swimming, touch football and track and field athletics will all be contested at the games.

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