TOM team prepares for Adelaide

Briar Lawson, Cindy Roche, Roslyn Castle (coach), Chelsea Rushton, Lucy Coulton, Hannah Smithson, Emma-Cate Larter, and Brie McDonald will compete against international Tournament of Minds teams in the Australasian final in Adelaide next weekend.

It’s less than a week until Tumut Public School’s Tournament of Minds superstars head off to Adelaide for the Australasian Final, and coach Roslyn Castle said they have almost hit their fundraising goal.

It will cost the school about $10,000 to send the seven girls to Adelaide for the weekend, but with the help of local businesses, government, a sausage sizzle and a school disco tonight, they seem locked in to compete against teams from around the world next weekend.

Ms Castle said the girls are “more excited than nervous, although that could change as the date gets closer!”

“They’re very excited – some of them who have never been on a plane before,” she said.

“I’m so proud of them. They’ve been coming in before school, recesses and lunches up to the library to train.”

The team won the NSW Finals in the ‘Science and Technology’ section, but they certainly aren’t getting complacent, putting even more work in now than they did before state.

“There’s so much technology that they’ve learned how to use, and they’ve just improved out of sight, and then with their dramatic skills as well they’ve really improved at that,” she said.

“I think they’ll do really well, but even if they don’t win they’ve done an amazing job at learning.”

They will fly out on Thursday, before attending the opening ceremony on Friday and doing some sightseeing, with planned trips to Rundle Mall, the Adelaide Zoo, and the Torrens River on the Popeye Boat.

Then on Saturday they compete, with three hours to respond to a ‘Science and Technology’ related challenge against teams from Asia, Africa, and the other Australian states and territories.

It’s not too late to get involved with sponsorship, by calling Tumut Public at 6947 2053.