St Margaret Mary's

SMMC Local Legends

St Margaret Mary's College is recognising our past students, teachers and people associated with the College who deserve to be Local Legends. 

They may be people who have achieved great things academically, in the sporting world or people who have made a significant contribution to our community. St Margaret Mary's College is celebrating its proud history in Townsville, recognising ten Local Legends in 2017. 

We will announce our Local Legends from August to November 2017.

Ellen Beams

Teacher,  College contributor

Ellen has been a force in the musical, spiritual, social and teaching life of St Margaret Mary's College and has made a big impact for her small stature. Most notably are her achievements in music with the Bella Voce choir and lifting and supporting them to their status as one of the premier school choirs in Townsville. She believed in giving everyone a fair go and many times went over and above the call of duty when looking after her choir and music girls.  

Michelle Morton

Past student

Described as a person of high integrity, professionalism, moral standing and Catholic faith, Michelle is very family oriented and active in the community.  As a partner of Wilson/Ryan/Grose Lawyers, she has earned respect from her peers through her hard work and dedication to the profession.  She gives back to the Townsville community through her board member roles for organisations such as the Townsville Hospital and Health Service, as well as being extensively involved with women’s basketball, especially the WNBL team, the JCU Townsville Fire.

Courtney Hayward

Past student

Since graduation, Courtney has pursued a swimming and academic scholarship at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA, USA. She has broken numerous individual and relay records,  was an 11-time ASC champion, and a 7-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Champion. She was also voted ASC Swimmer of the Year twice, and MVP four years in a row. Courtney was the second person in her college’s history to ever win a national gold medal. Courtney’s swimming achievements will earn her a place in the Brenau University Hall of Fame. Also excelling academically, Courtney graduated in the top percentage of her cohort and received membership in three honour societies.

Sara Brice

Past student

Dr Brice is an academic within the College of Science and Engineering at JCU and is the manager of the JCU Sport and Exercise Science Movement Analysis Laboratory. Prior to commencing at JCU Dr Brice was a member of the Biomechanics and Performance Analysis Discipline at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). During her time at AIS Dr Brice worked extensively with athletes and coaches within the AIS Athletics, Basketball, and Winter Sport programs. She continues to carry out research examining how athletes can prevent injury and improve performance within a number of sporting disciplines. Dr Brice also undertakes research in the area of pedagogical practices where she focuses on examining ways to improve the quantitative literacy of allied health students.


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