Katherine touch players who competed in the Australian Schools Championships in Hobart have returned.
Just 10 students were selected from Katherine to represent the NT in the competition.
Playing against their toughest competition yet across five days, the NT teams gave it their all but unfortunately did not place.
Queensland took out all four titles and the U15 NT Boys played off in the Plate Final, finishing sixth.
School Sport coordinator for the Katherine region Glenn Hayles said the students came away from the competition with new friends and a heightened interest in the sport.
“The students participated in various sessions about nutrition, goal setting and life as an elite athlete,” Mr Hayles said.
“They came away with a clear understanding on pathways to the top,” he said.
The trip included two training days followed by five days of competition and an excursion day.
“The excursion day, which involved all eight States and Territories, was held at Blundstone Arena – Tasmania’s premier sporting venue,” Mr Hayles said.
“At the excursion they spent time with Drew Ginn – three time rowing Olympic gold medalist, who now works with Cricket Tasmania as the general manager of their high performance team.
“They really connected with the athlete’s back story about his path to the Olympics, training hardest out of competitions and starting out young,” he said.
While the NT teams were unsuccessful in securing a winning title, some of the players will still be able to attend next year’s competition, which is to be held in Canberra.
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