Mount Archer State School welcomed past student and now Olympian, Matt Gohdes, as he wound the clock back ten years on Tuesday with a visit to his old primary school. Matt attended Mount Archer’s school assembly and caught up with the school’s 2012 representative sport stars during his visit.
Acting Deputy Principal, Mark Dunlop, said Matt had displayed great sporting talent at school from a young age in a range of sports. He was a key member Mount Archer’s Senior Soccer team in 2002 – a team that convincingly won the Rockhampton District grand final and went on to win the Toyworld Shield match against the Gladstone District grand finalists, Boyne Island State School. In the intercity game, with a half-time score of 2-2 and the game in the balance, Matt, a Queensland Hockey Representative player at the time, was given the task of neutralising the opposition’s attack, which he did superbly. Mount Archer went on to a 6-2 win.
Matt also made regular annual appearances at Mount Archer’s athletics carnival in the premiere “Fastest Boy in the School” race, winning the 100 metre event in 2001 and 2002. He was at ease playing most sports, with natural agility, instinct and positioning on the sporting field.
Matt’s primary school sporting career was recognised in late 2002 when he was awarded North Rockhampton State High School’s Year 8 Sporting Bursary for 2003.
Acting Deputy Principal, Mark Dunlop, said that Mount Archer State School felt privileged to have its own Olympian and that Matt’s visit and achievements had provided great motivation for the boys and girls in the school community, especially those who had been selected in representative sporting teams this year.