A.B. Paterson College has a strong tradition of participation and achievement in Cross Country, winning the Gold Coast North District Championship in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the Associated Private Schools (APS) Percentage Championship in 2014, and on nine other occasions.
The College’s Cross-Country Squads are coached by experienced staff members, who all share the enjoyment of running. The coaches include Ian Taylor (marathons), Tony Bradford (marathons and half marathons), Geoff Bartlett (half Iron-mans) and Robert Timms (triathlons).
The College’s Cross-Country team is built around the Running Club Community, which is open to all students in Years 3-12. The Running Club has become an important facet of College life at A.B. Paterson College, and develops the students’ social, emotional and physical development.
The competitive focus is offered to athletes in the Senior School, whilst the emphasis in the Junior School is on participation and fun. The Running Club operates each morning in Terms 1 and 2, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Term 4, from 7am-8am.
Cross Country is such a great team sport, and it has the most dedicated and influential coaches. – Tess Maddison (Year 11)
Running Club has been a part of my daily routine for years and has acted as a stress-free environment that I can always depend on to put a smile on my face. - Samuel Tredinnick (Year 12)
It allows a great sense of unity between different year levels, and provides an awesome opportunity to keep fit and make some new friends. It is also important training for the inter-house and APS cross country competitions. – Ellen McDonald (Year 11)