Sunshine Coast rugby schoolboy gains state and national selection


Local Sunshine Coast rugby player Tate McDermott, who completed Year 12 at Sunshine Coast Grammar School in 2016, has just finished a week’s training with the Queensland Reds Super 15 after gaining selection in the Reds Under-20’s squad late last year.

“It was a great opportunity for me to get a call up to train with the Reds Super 15 team, seeing the way they approached training, their fitness and overall professionalism, “said Tate McDermott.

“Also the size of the boys was a real eye opener for me, they are massive.”

Indeed, the career of Tate McDermott in recent seasons has opened many people’s eyes across Queensland and Australia to the emerging talent and development of rugby on the Sunshine Coast.

Growing up on the Sunshine Coast, Tate attended Matthew Flinders Anglican College and played club rugby for the Maroochydore Swans. After completing Year 8 at school Tate moved to Brisbane to play rugby in the Brisbane Greater Public Schools (GPS) competition at Brisbane State High.

“Unfortunately for Tate things didn’t work out for him at Brisbane State High and he returned to the Sunshine Coast in Year 10 where he continued playing rugby with Sunshine Coast Grammar School,” said Ian Brown, Chairman of Sunshine Coast Rugby Union.

“This move proved to be the making of Tate as a rugby player.”

In addition to leading Sunshine Coast Grammar School to three consecutive 1st XV premierships, in 2015 whilst in Year 11 Tate gained selection in the Australian Schools Rugby 7’s team.

2016 was a breakout year for Tate where he gained selection in the Queensland Schoolboys, Australian Schoolboys and the Australian Schools Rugby 7’s team that won the World Schools Rugby 7’s Competition in December.

In recent weeks Tate, as mentioned above, has trained with the Queensland Reds Super 15 team and has also been called up to train with the Australian Rugby 7’s squad.

“Tate’s outstanding achievements over the last 12-months can be attributed to his ability and commitment to rugby,” said Mr Brown.

“Another key factor in Tate’s achievements has been the development and opportunities he has received by playing rugby on the Sunshine Coast.

Tate’s success we believe will provide inspiration to many local  boys and girls playing rugby on the Sunshine Coast as to the opportunities available to them locally through their school and club rugby programs.” said Mr Brown.

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