Gold Coast student Gabriel set to shine in Glasgow 2014 Flag Handover

A GOLD Coast primary school student is set to become a star, after he was selected to represent the glitter strip at the Flag Handover Ceremony at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Minister for Commonwealth Games, the Hon. Jann Stuckey today announced Emmanuel College student Gabriel Pither, 10, will perform the role of ‘Gold Coast Kid’ in the Flag Handover Ceremony (FHC) in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Year Five student will star alongside headline act, Jessica Mauboy in a production about Australia, Queensland and specifically the Gold Coast.

“The FHC will include the traditional handing over of the Commonwealth Games Federation flag from Glasgow to the Gold Coast followed by a creative performance that will be viewed by a global audience of more than one billion people,” Ms Stuckey said.

“In just 45 days, in the exciting role of ‘Gold Coast Kid’, Gabriel will feature alongside Jessica and other Australian stars in a once in a lifetime performance produced by world-renowned event production company David Atkins Enterprises (DAE).”

Gabriel said he is ecstatic to have been selected for the role.

“I love swimming, athletics and hockey, which are Commonwealth Games sports, and my Dad has represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games twice in Rugby Sevens,” he said.

“It’s really great to get to be part of the Flag Handover Ceremony and I can’t wait to meet the other performers and some of the athletes at the Commonwealth Games,.”

Gabriel excels in swimming – has competed at state level – and he was recently selected in the South Coast district Under 12 Hockey team and is also a member of the Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Club where he was recently named 2014 Under 10 First Age Champion.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment, the Hon. John-Paul Langbroek said he was thrilled that the Gold Coast school community was given the opportunity to participate in the FHC and that he was particularly excited for Gabriel.

“We have amazing talent in our schools and every student considered for the ‘Gold Coast Kid’ role should be very proud, and is indeed a star in their own right,” Mr Langbroek said.

“The DAE team told us that the quality of student presentations in the audition process was outstanding with Gabriel’s energy and passion for the Gold Coast making him ideal for the role.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Gabriel, and I together with his peers, friends and family will be watching with excited anticipation to see him shine on stage with other Australian stars.”

Emmanuel College Principal, Patrick Innes-Hill, said he was absolutely delighted to learn Gabriel had been chosen for the role.

“The school has been actively involved in Gold Coast 2018 initiatives from the bid days when we adopted Nauru in the Adopt a Commonwealth Country program, until more recently when we produced artwork for presentation in Glasgow.

“We will be looking toward arranging a special opportunity for us to watch Gabe in the Closing Ceremony and to celebrate the fact that the Commonwealth Games will very soon be coming to this city,” Mr Innes-Hill said.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony will be televised live in Australia early on the morning of Monday 4 August.

The FHC creative piece will also feature select artwork created by Gold Coast primary school students.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ will be staged from 4-15 April 2018.

Brave Socceroos narrowly lose 3-2 to The Netherlands

TIM Cahill has once again brought Australian sports fans out of their seats…

After scoring our only goal in the Socceroos’ World Cup loss to Chile, Cahill was again the man to light up the score board for Australia in this morning’s clash against The Netherlands.

News.com.au reports, Cahill’s goal was an instant reply to the Netherland’s opener, and Australia even went ahead through Mile Jedinak’s penalty.

But the Dutch powerhouse kept coming back, to win 3-2 in Porto Alegre.

It means Ange Postecoglou’s side is likely to exit the World Cup, although they still have Spain to play and a mathematical chance ahead of the champions’ game against Chile.

NSW Origin fans finally have a status to be proud of

NEW South Wales fans have been quick to jump on social media and welcome their NRL team into the ‘technology era’.

For the first time, Blues supporters can congratulate their team on Facebook, following eight years in State of Origin wilderness.

NSW finally snapped Queensland’s record Origin streak last night, taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series with a 6-4 win in front of a packed ANZ Stadium.

Game Two failed to live up to the intense heights of Game One, with the Maroons failing to score a try, instead putting points on the board with two penalties off the boot of Johnathan Thurston.

Fox Sports reports, Thurston’s penalty gave Queensland a 4-0 lead and saw him break Mal Meninga’s Origin pointscoring record of 161, taking him to 162.

One of the penalties was the result of a clash between Blues star James Tamou and Nate Myles.

Tamou dropped his forearm, prompting the Titans bigman to throw a punch – breaking the NRL’s no punch edict – but the referees ruled Tamou’s forearm justified the retaliation and gave Queensland the penalty.

NSW halfback Trent Hodkinson was the only man to claim a four-pointer, crossing the line in the 72nd minute to break the drought – leaving Jarryd Hayne in tears and skipper Paul Gallen hugging coach Laurie Daley.

Charities benefit from generous locals through Bruce Lynton Group

GOLD Coasters haven’t shied away from pulling out their cheque books, with a host of worthy causes receiving a boost through the 2014 Bruce Lynton Charity Ball.

The latest event raised $118,000 for beneficiaries – Cancer Council Queensland, Guide Dogs Queensland, Surf Life Saving, Youngcare and Men Of Business.

“The Bruce Lynton Charity Ball receives incredible support from both local and interstate businesses through the donation of Silent and Grand Auction items for which we cannot thank them enough,” Beric Lynton said.

This year’s collection takes the 14-year total of money raised by the Bruce Lynton Group to more than $1.5 million dollars.

Synthetic cannabis seized in tobacconist raid

POLICE have seized a quantity of synthetic cannabis during a series of raids across the Gold Coast this afternoon.

Officers from the Rapid Action Policing squad raided Free Choice Tobacco on the Gold Coast Highway at Miami.

The Bulletin reports that, during a search, police found about 10 grams of a substance believed to be synthetic cannabis.

The material will be forensically tested and a woman in her 20s is expected to be charged with supplying the drug.

Authorities have repeatedly warned of the serious danger from synthetic cannabis after four people using the drug died last year.

Read more at The Gold Coast Bulletin.