Campbell claims extraordinary award
PROSERPINE State High School student Katie Campbell has made her way into the record books, becoming the first from her school to take out the Hamilton Island Creating Extraordinary Award.
As part of her prize, the Year 12 student spent the weekend soaking up the Whitsunday sun on Hamilton Island with her family.
Katie said she was thrilled to receive the award and really enjoyed her weekend on the island.
"I was pretty excited because it's such a good experience and there was so much to do," she said.
"I could take my family away and it was just a good weekend."
The awardee was the third person to ever claim the honour.
Both a school captain and a sports house captain, Katie was selected for the award due to her outstanding sporting prowess, having competed at both a regional and national level, as well as her academic record.
Despite athletics being her main area of competition, Katie chose to take to the Hamilton Island Golf Course with club professional Steven Sandilands for a private lesson.
"I'm actually just really bad at it and we have it for PE this term, so I was like, 'I might as well get some practice,' " she said.
"He was really helpful."
With her swing zeroed in, Katie then put her new skills to use with a free round of golf.
However, there was much more on offer than training and golfing tips.
"I went kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding," Katie said.
"We went to the beach, just swimming, mini-golf, tennis - all that sort of stuff.
"I just want to thank the Hamilton Island staff because they were so helpful.
"They just organised everything for us."