The best of the Sunshine Coast’s running talent has been on display at the Big Pineapple this week, as the iconic tourism site hosted the region’s cross country carnival.
Over four (4) days this week athletes from age 9-19 have tackled the challenging hills across the Big Pineapple, during various cross country courses ranging from 2-6 kilometres.
While the Big Pineapple has recently opened TreeTop Challenge, the challenges were all on the ground as more than 3,000 students from 65 schools tackled the hilly, rain-forested course.
Sunshine Coast Independent Schools’ representative Bronwyn Thornburn said “the lush green slopes and rainforest made for a spectacular cross country venue for students from Noosa to the Glasshouse Mountains.”
“This is the first time we have held the cross country carnival at the Big Pineapple and we will be sure to come again,” Ms Thornburn said.
The beautiful venue inspired several stand out performances, with Matthew Flinders Anglican College athletes Matilda Fraser and Lia-Belle Wiese winning with comfortable margins, despite the challenging terrain and standard of competition.
“Luca Warman-Flood from St Andrews Anglican College also ran an outstanding race, winning the 15 year old boys’ event in heavy rain. It was a great carnival for St Andrews Anglican College who were crowned the winning school for the carnival,” Ms Thornburn said.
“Many of our students now have great memories of their time at the Big Pineapple, like their parents, although they worked a lot harder for their experience.”
The carnival demonstrated the flexibility of Big Pineapple Fields, which later in the month will be transformed into a concert venue for the sell-out Big Pineapple Music Festival.
Dean Croydon, General Manager, Big Pineapple, said “We are steadily building up the tourism offer again, and it is great that a new generation of Sunshine Coast kids are back at the Big Pineapple.”