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Schools go head to head in Cooper Cup challenge

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Local students are excited to take part in the Cooper Cup this week.

Bundaberg students this week had the chance to test out their sporting ability against other schools from the Wide Bay Region in the Cooper Cup.

More than 900 athletes from Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough State High schools came together in the region with the second edition of the State High Schools Cooper Cup underway from Monday.

The focus of the three-day carnival is to give students an opportunity to represent their school in competitions against schools outside of the Bundaberg Region.

“The Cooper Cup enhances our existing sports offerings by providing the opportunity for more of our students to access competitive sport,” Bundaberg State High School sports coordinator Mervyn McDonald said.

“Under Cooper Cup rules, students represent their respective schools in year levels so that they can play with their friends.

“Basketball, touch and volleyball will be played at venues throughout Bundaberg while multi-class students will compete in ten pin bowling.”

Mr McDonald said the Cooper Cup was re-introduced in June this year with futsal, netball and rugby 7s being played in Hervey Bay.

“More than 500 Bundaberg students travelled to Hervey Bay over the three days to compete against EQ schools from Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough,” he said.

The original Cooper Cup was an annual sporting competition which commenced in 1937.

Bundaberg, Maryborough and Gympie State High Schools competed in the sports of cricket, tennis, rugby league and netball before the competition ceased in 1976.

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