Brisbane Grammar School has a strong tradition of participation and achievement in cross country, winning the Jack E Ross Trophy for overall Champion GPS School on 14 occasions, as well as having won the Shield (lead-up meets) a record 13 consecutive times.
All boys Year 5 to 12 can participate in GPS Cross Country. Running across Terms 1(pre-season) and 2 (competition), cross country is viewed as a complement to both football and rugby, with runners able to play football in term 2 while also training and competing in cross country.
Cross country is a team sport where students compete in age groups with the fastest six runners from each school earning points. However, a maximum of 20 runners is eligible to compete from each school in each age group team. As a result, many students participate to enjoy the camaraderie of the race and training with their mates and to beat their personal best. Other students’ involvement might simply stem from a desire to improve their personal levels of fitness. The distances run will vary with the age group. For Years 5 to 7 boys, the distance is 2km; Under 13 – 3km; Under 14 and 15 – 4km; Under 16 and Open – 6km. The training program is designed by qualified coaches, under the guidance of the Head Coach, Mr John Clancy.
In season, further information including training times, squad lists, coaching panel and photographs is available to the BGS community on MyGrammar.
The Master-in-Charge of Cross Country is Mr John Clancy
T +61 7 3834 5316