Mon, August 23, 2021
As William Shakespeare once said, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” Year 7 student, Acalia Shamim, is proving that neither age nor size dictates success. 

Within the College, this Year 7 student has tried her hand at Club and GBC Touch Football, Soccer, AFL, and Tennis. This commitment to sport has seen Acalia previously make District Track and Field teams, be awarded the Primary Touch Football Player of the Year in 2020, and most recently, make the Met East 10-12 years Soccer team. 

Arguably Acalia’s greatest success so far, however, has been her Tennis career. The Year 7 student has smashed her way through several competitions and has been selected in the Met East team for the Girls 10-12 Years Tennis division, where she will compete at the State Championships. To further highlight this young girl’s talent, at the start of 2020, Acalia was invited to play at the Super 10s National Camp held at the Australian Open, a fantastic opportunity to improve her skills and watch her stars in action.  

Despite being one of the youngest players, Acalia also recently attended the Queensland Secondary Schools Team Tennis State Finals held in Rockhampton at the end of Term 2.  Competing in a team of 5, alongside Tennis superstar, Lara Walker, Acalia helped secure the team fourth place in what was a very tight competition! 

Acalia's love for sport is clearly demonstrated through her achievements and contributions to the College. According to Head of Sport, Nathan Burgess, Acalia is not only one of the most naturally gifted athletes at the College, but “she is extremely hard working and motivated towards achieving her goals.” Her drive to pursue her passions has led Acalia to aspire to compete on the pro circuit, with the ultimate dream of one day competing at the Australian Open. 

We wish Acalia all the best with her future aspirations and cannot wait to see where this little pocket rocket’s sporting career takes her!