Commonwealth Games 2018: Sacred Heart College has Games fever with former students competing

George Harley, Sacred Heart head of sport Paul Clements and principal Peter Bothe.
George Harley, Sacred Heart head of sport Paul Clements and principal Peter Bothe.

SACRED Heart College has Commonwealth Games fever.

Year 7 student Annaliese Harley was this morning glued to the staff room television screens to watch her brother George swim in the second men’s 200m breaststroke heat.

George Harley.

Harley, who graduated from the Sorrento school in 2016, finished fifth in his heat with a time of 2:11.62, qualifying him seventh for the final at 7.44pm tonight.

Harley will swim in lane one alongside fellow Aussie Matt Wilson in lane five.

George Harley qualified seventh for the men’s 200m breaststroke final.

This morning also saw 2008 graduate Blair Evans swim in the first heat for the women’s 400m individual medley.

George Harley (third) and Blair Evans (fourth) with fellow Australian swimmers.

She finished second in 4:41.54, qualifying for this evening’s final at 5.37pm.

Evans will swim in lane six alongside fellow Australian Meg Bailey in lane three, who won the heat just 0.03 seconds ahead of Evans.

Mater Dei College in Edgewater is also celebrating the Commonwealth Games with Year 10 student Rhiannon Clarke competing as one of three 15-year-olds in the Australian athletics team.

Rhiannon Clarke.

Clarke will race in the women’s T38 100m final at 6.05pm on April 12.

T38 is for athletes with disability such as cerebral palsy or co-ordination impairments like hypertonia, ataxia and athetosis.

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is hosting 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports, which is an increase of 45 per cent more athletes and 73 per cent more medals compared to last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

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