Run for Health

Holy Spirit College has a secret weapon!   Shane Ward, teacher at HSC, has celebrated success in running and has brought his knowledge and experience to the HSC Community.

Shane competed, both nationally and internationally, as a junior, but fell away from the sport for five years in his early twenties.

“After putting on a considerable amount of weight I decided that I had to make a change and completely overhaul my lifestyle …. The only way I knew how to do this was to start running again.” Shane reveals.

Shane went on to celebrate some significant milestones in his running career:

  • Coached Marist College Ashgrove to their first AIC cross country title in 6 years
  • Won the ANZAC day run in Brisbane with over 6,000 competitors
  • Came 3rd in the Brisbane Times City to South
  • Came 3rd in the Mooloolaba Twilight Run at the Triathlon Festival
  • Came 15th out of 40,000 competitors in the Brisbane to Brisbane 5km running 15:30

Shane, originally from Ireland, has recently moved from Brisbane after becoming an Australian Citizen this year.  In 2015, Shane commenced teaching Health & Physical Education, Business and Religious Education at Holy Spirit College and recently introduced the HSC Running Club to the HSC Community.

Shane states, “The reason I have started the group is to promote fitness, health and an active lifestyle.  Running can complement many sports but can also be a great fitness regime for those who do not participate in any team or sport outside of school.”

“My main goal, this year, is to establish a strong running culture within HSC and change the lives of a few students and attitudes along the way.  I will also be taking some of the State’s best runners to compete in the Marina Run half marathon in June this year.”