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Peter BURGE - Athletics

Olympic Athlete
Compiled April 2024 (E&OE)


Full Name

Peter Scott Burge

Known as



3 July 1974

Townsville Grammar School


1987 - 1991


Cross - Country

Year 8 (1987) u/13 age champion

Year 9 (1988) u/14 age champion


Year 8 (1987) u/13 School team.

Year 9 (1988) u/15 School team.

TGS Merit award for Cricket.

Full Colours (Athletics)


Year 8 (1987) u/13 age champion,

Inter Schools – Long Jump 1st, Discus 2nd.

Year 9 (1988) u/14 age champion,

Interschools – High Jump 1st, Discus 1st Long Jump 2nd, Triple Jump 2nd, 200m 2nd.

Queensland Athletics – 2nd u/15 Triple Jump.

TGS Merit Award for Athletics.

Year 10 (1988) u/15 age Champion

Athlete of the Carnival

Inter Schools – Long Jump 1st, Triple Jump 1st, High Jump 1st, 4 x 100m relay 1st.

NQ Athletics.

Year 11 u/15 age Champion

Queensland School u/16 Triple Jump 1st.

Half Colours (Athletics)

International Athletics Career



World u/20 International Championships (Seoul, South Korea)

Triple Jump, 5th place.


Commonwealth Games (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Long Jump 1st place (Gold Medal)


World Championships

(Withdrawn due to injury)


Olympic Games (Sydney)

Long Jump 6th place


World Indoor Championships (Lisbon, Portugal)

Long Jump 4th place

World Championships

(Withdrawn due to injury)

Career - coaching

Rugby Union

2003 & 2004

ARU Strength and Conditioning Coach

Australian Football League (AFL)

2004 – 2011

Hawthorne Football Club, Strength and Conditioning Coach

Premiership 2008.

2011 - 2012

St Kilda AFL Club, High Performance Manager

2013 - 2022

Richmond AFL Club, High Performance Manager.

During his time at Richmond, the club won three premierships (2017, 2019 & 2020)

2023 –

Hawthorne AFL Club, High Performance Manager.


We believe that Peter is the only male Track & Field athlete to represent Australia at the Olympics

Jake DORAN - Athletics

Compiled April 2024 (E&OE)



Full Name

Nicholas (Jake) Doran

Known as



18 July 2000

Townsville Grammar School


2012 - 2017


High Achiever – regularly receiving Cum-Laude & Magna Cum Laude Awards.


Year 7 & Year 9 (2012 & 2014) High Achiever – Culture Award.



Year 7 (2012) u/12 - Rugby League & Rugby Union

Year 7 & Year 8 (2013 & 2014) Rugby Union


Year 9 (2014) King of the Track

Year 9 – 12 (2014 – 2017) Athletics Team.

Year 10 (2015) u/15 – Age Group Champion

Year 10 – Yr 12 (2015 – 2017) Queensland Athletics

Year 11 (2016) King of the Track

Year 11 (2016) School Record, 400m

Year 12 (2017) Australian Athletics

Year 11 & Year 12 (2016/7 season) – Junior Nationals, 10.47

Year 12 (2017) Commonwealth Youth Games (Bahamas), 4x 100m relay, Gold Medal, 100m, 5th place

Sporting Career


Track & Field

(100m & 200m)


2018 – 100m Australian Junior Record (10.15) – Finland

2018 – IAAF World Junior Championships

2019 - Australian National Championships, Silver Medal 200m

2019 – Oceania Championships, 4x 100m Gold medal,

100m Silver Medal

2022 – Oceania Championships, 100m Gold Medal

Currently Jake still holds the Oceana record in this event.

2022 - Australian National Champion, Silver Medal 200m,


2022 – World Athletics Championships, 100m

2022 – Commonwealth Games, 100m, 200m & relay,

2023 – Australian Athletics Champion for 200m

2023 – World Athletics Championships, 100m

Football (Soccer)

Licenced Football Scout and Opposition analyst (professional Football Scouts Association


Jake was a late athletics bloomer “I only began running track seriously in 2014 when I surprized myself and ran my way from school to the National All-Schools Championship in the 100m”.

Graduated, B.Busi (International Studies) JCU

Follow Jake on Insta @jake_doran


NRL Player & Coach
Compiled April 2024, E&OE


Full Name

Josh Hannay

Known as



11 January, Moranbah.

Townsville Grammar School


1996 & 1997, Boarder from Moranbah on a Cowboy Scholarship.



Year 12 (1997) House Captain, Miller House.

Year 11 & 12 (1996 & 1997) – Athletics Team


Rugby League

Year 11 (1996) Cowboys, selected to play for the Cowboys aged just 16 years, 185 days, but he was banned by the ARL due to his youth.

Year 12 (1997) 1st XIII captain

Year 12 (1997) Australian Rugby League, captain

Professional Playing Career

Playing Career

1998, NQ Cowboys

Debut, scored a try in 16 – 15 win.

1998 – 2006, NQ Cowboys

153 games. 49 tries, 343 goals, 882 points

2007, Cronulla Sharks

3 games

2007 – 2009, Celtic Crusaders

44 games, 12 tries, 30 goals, 108 points

2003 – 2006, Queensland

2 games, 4 goals, 8 points

QRL & NRL Coaching Career


2015 – 2017 - Souths Logan Magpies (Head Coach)

2016 & 2017 – Queensland Maroons u/18s (Head Coach)

2018, NQ Cowboys (Assistant Coach)

2018 & 2021 - Queensland Maroons (Assistant Coach)

2021 – Cronulla Sharks (Assistant Coach)

2020, NQ Cowboys

10 games (Interim Head Coach)

2021 & 2023, Cronulla Sharks

20 games (Caretaker Head Coach)


Josh has returned to his alma mater as a guest coach to our junior Rugby Union teams and as a presenter at our Sports Awards evening.

Stephanie KERSHAW - Hockey

Australian Hockeyroo, Olympian.
Compiled April 2024 (E&OE)


Full Name

Stephanie Anna Kershaw

Known as



19 April 1995

Townsville Grammar School


2007 - 2012


High Achiever – Magna Cum Laude Year 7 (2007), Cum Laude Year 8 (2008) & Year 9 (2009)


High Achiever – Cultural Award Year 8 (2008), Year 9 (2009)


Tri - Rep

Year 8 (2008), Year 10 (2010).

Cross- Country

School Team, Year7 (2007), Year 8 (2008), Year 9 (2009).

Year 7 (2007) u/12 age champion.

Year 9 (2009) u/15 age champion.


School Team Year 7 (2007), Year 8 (2008), Year 9 (2009).

Year 8 (2008) u/13 400m record.

Year 10 (2010) u/15 age group champion.


School Team Year 7 (2007), Year 8 (2008), Year 9 (2009).


Year 8 (2008) Jnr Basketball Team


Year 9 – Yr 12 (2009 – 2012) Open Girls Hockey.

Year 8 – Year 12 (2008 – 2012) North Queensland Hockey

Year 8 - Year 12 (2008 – 2012) Queensland Hockey

Year 9 – Year 12 (2009 – 2013) Australian Hockey

Middle School Sportswoman of the Year - Year 9 (2009)

Davida Tucker, Sportswoman of the Year – Year 10 (2010), Year 12 (2012).

Principals Award, All-Round Sports Woman of the Year – Year11 (2011).

Whight House Vice-Captain Year12 (2012)

International Career


2015 – 202?

Hockeyroo, 97 goals


National Development Squad

Debut v Korea, Hockeyroo #479

Oceana Cup


Player of the Tournament – Australian Hockey League

Oceana Cup

Runner-up Hockeyroo Player of the Year


Champions Trophy – Gold Medal

Hockey World Cup (semi finalist)

Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast) – Silver Medal

Champions Trophy

2021 (2020)

Olympics (Tokyo)


Commonwealth Games (Birmingham) – Silver medal

Hockey World Cup – Bronze Medal


Steph ruptured her ACL in 2015 & 2019, dashing her goal of representing Australia at the 2016 Olympics and the 2020 Olympics (fortunately for Steph, the 2020 Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to COVID and she was selected).

Both Steph’s brother Ryan 12/08 and father attended the QAS Hockey academy.

2024, Steph is enrolled at Curtin University, B. Primary Education.

Married to cricketer, Tim David.

Visited TGS in 2023 and donated a Hockeyroo playing top to the school. It now hangs proudly in the centenary Gymnasium.

Steph is a self-confessed coffee and beach enthusiast; her favourite snack is frozen grapes.

Follow Steph on Instagram – @stephkersh

Dan McKELLAR - Rugby Union

Rugby Union – Player & Coach
Compiled April 2024 (E&OE)


Full Name

Daniel McKellar

Known as



17 July 1976 in Brisbane.

Townsville Grammar School


1990 – 1993 as boarder from the Burdekin


Year 12 (1993) Rugby Choir, Formal Committee.


Touch Football

Year 9 (1990)


Year 12 (1993)

Rugby Union

Year 9 (1990) North Queensland u/14

Year 10 (1991) u/15 TGS RU Captain

Year 11 (1992) 1st XV, Queensland Country u/16, NQ Schools u/16 & NQ u/17.

Year 12 (1993) 1st XV (captain), Townsville u/19 & Tvl Schools, NQ u/17 & NQ Schools, Queensland u/17 &

Queensland Schools.



Rugby Union (Player)

Souths RUC, 150+games as a loosehead prop. Winners of the Brisbane Premiership in 2000.

2005 – 2006 Queensland Reds Super Rugby squad

Xxx – xxxx RFC (Scotland)

2001 – 2005 Wicklow RFC (Ireland)

Rugby Union (Coach)

2022 – 2005, Wicklow RFC (Ireland) Player/Coach

2007 – Souths, Assistant Coach

2008 – 2010, Souths, Head Coach

2011 – 2012, Tuggeranong Vikings (Canberra) – Back-to-back ACT Premierships.

2013, Red Hurricanes (Japan)

2014 – ACT Brumbies defence & skills Coach

2016, ACT Brumbies Assistant Coach

2018 – 2022, ACT Brumbies Head Coach, Winners of Super AU Series in 2020.

2021 - 2023 Assistant Coach, Wallabies.

2024, Leicester Tigers Head Coach (England)


Dan was introduced to Rugby Union by Bill Muller at Townsville Grammar School.

As a teenager player Dan played 1st Grade football and was part of the Burdekin Cane Toads Premiership winning team in 1994.

Greg NORMAN - Golf

Professional Golfer, Golf Course Designer, Businessman & Entrepreneur
Compiled April 2024 (E&OE)



Full Name

Gregory John Norman

Known as



The Great White Shark

The Shark


10/02/1955, Mount Isa

Townsville Grammar School


1967/68 & 69


Cricket, Rugby League, AFL, Athletics, Swimming


Golfing Awards


Arnold Palmer Award


OAM (philanthropic work)


Sport Australia Hall of Fame


Byron Nelson Award


Vardon Award


National Sports Medal


Jack Nicholas Award


PGA Player of the year Award


Honorary PhD (Griffith University)


OA (philanthropic work)


World Gold Hall of Fame


Legend of Australian Sport


Old Tom Morris Award


Charlie Bartlett Award


Arguably the most successful athlete-turned-businessman in the world, Greg Norman is known as much for his entrepreneurial spirit in the boardroom as his dominance on the golf course.

Founded Greg Norman Company in 1993. His company now has numerous diverse business interests, including apparel, wine, golf course design, real estate, wakeboarding complexes, investment, sunglasses and Waigu steak/Australian themed restaurants.

Greg Norman Golf Course Design has created over 100 golf courses worldwide.

His most recent business venture is his involvement as the CEO of LIV Golf, an independent, alternate, high prize money golf tour.



Greg Norman is a philanthropist of note. He has quietly raised US$ millions for research into childhood cancer and the fostering of youth golf.


Greg Norman – The way of the Shark, Lessons on Golf, Business and Life

Greg Norman is best known as a retired golf professional, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Greg turned professional at age 21 in 1976, winning his first title, the Martini International in 1977. He went on to record 88 professional wins including The Open Championship, twice. He was ranked #1 for 331 weeks, second only to Tiger Woods.

In his acceptance speech on being awarded an honorary PhD (Griffiths, 1998) he recalled his days at TGS wishing his Deputy Headmaster could see him now. Mr von Wald had told Greg that there was “no future for him in golf”.

Greg Norman was the first player to surpass US$ 10 million in career earnings

Greg aspired to be a professional Surfer.

Townsville Grammar School named the sporting oval at our Annandale campus in his honour.

Follow Greg on Insta @shark_gregnorman


Sam SCOTT-YOUNG - Rugby Union

Rugby Union, Wallaby
Compiled April 2024 (E&OE)


Full Name

Samuel Joseph Norman Scott-Young

Known as



07/04/1957, Townsville.

Townsville Grammar School


1980/1 & 1985



Year 8 (1980) Year 8 Soccer


Year 12 (1985) Athletics Team.

Rugby League

Year 12 (1985) 1st XIII

Townsville Rugby League

Rugby Union

Year 12 (1985) 1st XV

Townsville Rugby Union

North Queensland u/19 & u/21

Queensland Country

Queensland School Boys

Australian School Boys

Sam was selected for the Australian School Boys team and toured New Zealand (UK and Europe) in 1995.

Rugby Career


Sam was a combative and abrasive backrow forward in an era of some of the greats (including Tim Gavin, Simon Poidevin, Jeff Miller, David Carter & Scott Gourley).

Sam played his club Rugby for Souths in Brisbane, he debuted for Queensland in 1987.

Wallaby #690

Between 1990 and 1992, Sam was capped 7 times for the Wallabies, playing tests against France (2), USA (x1) and the All-Blacks (x4). In a winning side in the 3rd test in Wellington (21-9), he was awarded the ‘man-of-the-match’.

He retired from rugby in 1994 due to a neck injury.

He also plied his trade for a short time in South Africa playing for Eastern Province and in New Zealand, playing for Auckland.


Sam is one was seven brothers and sisters.

Of interest is that his son, Angus has also played representative Rugby Union for the Queensland Reds (also as a loose forward).

Sam describes himself as a frustrated surgeon. His father was a highly respected physician in General Practice, Urology and Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. His older brother, Matthew is an Orthopaedic Spline Surgeon.

Angus, his son, also aspires to a career in medicine once his playing days are over.

Pamela SERGEANT - Swimming

Pamela Fay Sergeant (Harm)
Swimmer, World Record breaker
Compiled April 2024 (E&OE)


Full Name

Pamela Faye Sergeant (Harm)

Known as






Townsville Grammar School


1960 - 1963


Pam was an outstanding swimmer but also represented the school at basketball.

In 1962, at only 16 years of age and whilst in Form V (Grade 11), Pam represented Australia at the Empire Games in Perth, earning gold, silver and bronze medals.

Swimming Achievements



Gardens Swimming Club, Townsville

Townsville Swimming Association

North Queensland Swimming

Queensland swimming Team




Sydney Olympic Park, Walk of Champions (Bronze Plaque)

1962 – Empire Games

Gold Medal – 4 x 110 yards Medley Relay (backstroke)

Silver Medal – 110 yards backstroke

Bronze Medal – 220 yards backstroke

World Record – 110 yards backstroke (heats)


Pamela donated a significant portion of her memorabilia to Townsville Grammar School. Many of the items she donated are now on display in ta cabinet dedicated to her. The display is housed in the Effie Hartley Room (top floor of School House).

We hold her: -

  • Empire Games blazer
  • Numerous medals - Club, State and National
  • The gold medal for the 440 yrs medley relay (Empire Games – 1962). Pam swam the backstroke leg and Dawn Frazer the freestyle leg.
  • Certificates earned over her career, including: 
  • The certificate she was awarded for breaking the World Record in the 110 yrd backstroke during the Empire Games Perth, 1962.
  • Many swim meet programmes, annotated with notes and event times.

Pam collected and compiled an impressive and comprehensive scrapbook of swimming related newspaper cuttings, dating back to 1958. The cuttings include articles on her swimming heroes as well as her contemporaries and rival, and of course of her swimming career. This Scrap Book is held in our archive due to its deterioration.

Pamela Harm (married name) continued to contribute to her sport and was recognised in 1986 with a Queensland Coaching Award.

Unfortunately Pam passed away just weeks before the display in the Effie Hartley Room was completed. R.I.P.

JP SMITH - Tennis

International Tennis Player
Compiled April 2024 (E&OE)


Full Name

John-Patrick Tracey Smith

Known as



J Bomber


24 January 1989

Townsville Grammar School


2002 - 2006



Year 12 (2006) School Perfect.

Hodges House Captain



Regular Pro-Diligencia recipient

Year 12 (2006) Cum Laude.



Year 12 (2006) 1st XI Cricket


Year 12 (2006) 1st XI Hockey

Cross Country

Year 8 (2002) Cross Country Champion

Year 11 (2005) Cross Country Champion


Year 9 & Year 10 (2002 & 2003) Athletics Team


Year 8 (2002) Jnr Queensland Tennis Team

Yearr 9 (2003) Open Tennis Team.

Queensland Schools Open Tennis Team

Australian Tennis Team (World Juniors)

Year 10 (2004) Open Tennis Team

Queensland Schools Open Tennis Team

Year 11 (2005) Open Tennis Team – captain

Queensland Schools Open Tennis Team

Year 12 (2006) Open Tennis Team -captain

Queensland Schools Open Tennis Team


Jnr Sportsman of the year - 2003

International Tennis Career in brief


2007 – awarded a Tennis Scholarship to the University of Tennessee, JP was the top ranked player in both singles and doubles for four years.

2011 – turned professional and won his first tournament in that year (Tulsa Open).

At 35 (2024) JP is still a fixture on the International Tennis circuit. The left handers highest rankings have been: -

108 (singles) and

52 (doubles).

JP has contested 12 consecutive Australian Open Tournaments and appeared in the mixed doubles final in 2019.


JP studied for and earned an under-grad degree, majoring in Economics at the University of Tennessee in 2010.

He is a very welcome and regular visitor to his alma mater.

JP married long-time partner Lauren Zuckerman in 2023.

Follow JP on Insta @jpsmithaustralia

Tia-Clair TOOMEY - Cross Fit

Compiled April 2024 (E&OE)

Cross-Fit World Champion, Olympian (Weightlifting), Fittest Woman in the World.


Full Name

Tia-Clair Toomey (Orr)

Known as



22 July 1993

Townsville Grammar School


2009 – 2010 (boarder from Weipa)



Year 11 (2009) Athletics Team

u/16 age group champion

Queen of the Track

Year 12 (2010) Athletics Team

u/17 age group champ,

Open age group champ

Set new record for 800m & 1500,

Cross-Country & McKimmon Mile

Year 11 (2009) Cross-country Team

Open Champion

Year 12 (2010) Cross Country Team

Open Champion

Year 12 (2010) McKimmon Mile winner


Year 11 (2009) Swimming Team

Open swimming champion

Year 12 (2010) Swimming Team

Open swimming champion

Queen of the Pool


Athletics, Swimming & Cross-country)

Year 11 (2009) &

Year 12 (2010)



World Cross-Fit Games

2015 - Silver Medal

2016 – Silver Medal

2017 – Gold Medal (Fittest Woman in the World)

2018 - Gold Medal (Fittest Woman in the World)

2019 - Gold Medal (Fittest Woman in the World)

2020 - Gold Medal (Fittest Woman in the World)

2021 - Gold Medal (Fittest Woman in the World)

2022 – Gold Medal (Fittest Woman in the World)

More titles than any other athlete in the history of the sport.

Weight Lifting

(58kg class)

Oceana Championships

2015 & 2016

Pacific Games


Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast)

2018, 1st place, Gold medal


2016, 14th place



How I became the Fittest Woman on Earth (2017)

The Heart is the Strongest Muscle (2024)

Tia-Clair married Shane Orr, her long-time partner and coach in 2017. The couple welcomed their baby daughter, Willow, into the world on 9 May 2023.

Follow Tia Clair on insta @tiaclair1

Bonus Intra Melior Exi
North Ward Campus

45 Paxton Street
North Ward Qld 4810

4722 4900

(Years 7-12 Day & Boarding)

Annandale Campus

1 Brazier Drive
Annandale Qld 4814

4412 4800

(Pre-Prep to Year 6)

North Shore Campus

North Shore Boulevard
Burdell Qld 4818

4412 6600

(Pre-Prep to Year 6)