Sporting ambition

FRIENDS and family of students at Gympie East State School and Jones Hill State School aim to beat last year's Coles Sports for Schools top 10 collection record.

The community collected more than 50,000 Sports for Schools vouchers last year, which helped place Gympie East and Jones Hill in the top 10 schools in the program.

The school collected 34, 213 vouchers, equating to 47 new items of sports gear which included 10 rubber discuses, three javelins and one volleyball kit.

Jones Hill collected 17, 538 vouchers and received several sporting goods to assist with the sporting development of students.

The 2012 voucher collection closed on August 14 which meant time was ticking for schools to clock up more vouchers for this year's program and beat their 2011 records.

Coles Gympie store manager Time Lowe said the response to the program had been excellent.

"We saw a fantastic response to Coles Sports for Schools in Gympie last year," he said.

"With the London Olympics in full swing, it's the perfect time for the local community to come together to support sports in schools."

He said the program assists in creating sporting opportunities for students.

"We might even discover the Olympians of the future," he said. For every $10 spent at Coles, shoppers received one voucher.

Gympie Times


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