Wednesday, 09 Mar 2022

West Moreton Anglican College welcomes Brisbane Roar attacking star Megan McElligott and Western Pride colleague Alex Hastings to Open Day, Saturday, 12 March

Western Pride duo Megan McElligott and Alex Hastings will be star attractions at WestMAC’s Open Day, this Saturday, 12 March, as part of a new era for the Club and College, known for its football excellence programs.

Brisbane Roar attacking player McElligott revealed she was keen to forge Western Pride’s strong relationship with WestMAC and inspire young athletes, including the undefeated Firsts XI Girls team, who are vying to repeat their 2020 TAS premiership title.

WestMAC’s Firsts team is coached by Western Pride’s General Manager Pat Boyle, who brings knowledge and programs gained as an affiliate of the Everton FC International Academy.

Western Pride captain and ambassador McElligott may be experiencing a break-out season with Brisbane Roar, but she is thrilled to align with WestMAC’s football community including supporting WestMAC’s premiership quest and attending Open Day.

“It’s very exciting for me, to make it in the W-League because I’m achieving my childhood dream and with Australia hosting the upcoming Women’s World Cup, it’s an exciting time for women’s football,’’ McElligott said.

“I want to create a strong connection with WestMAC, especially with the College’s young female players – to share tips and support. It’s all about creating pathways for young girls and helping them to achieve their dreams.

“It’s exciting that a school has such high-level football programs, especially for young women.’’

Another connection is the Matilda’s assistant coach Melissa Andreatta, who mentored McElligott at the Brisbane Roar and set up WestMAC’s Football Excellence program more than a decade ago.

Western Pride will hold a football games and activity centre at WestMAC’s Open Day (11am to 3pm) with star player and coach Alex Hastings, a former All-American conference college, also attending.

“I’m pleased to support WestMAC’s Open Day and to reinforce the strong relationship that Western Pride has with this college of sports excellence,’’ Hastings said.

“As a student playing in the American College system, I was privileged to be awarded an All-American national honour, so now that I’m back at home it’s exciting to see schools such as WestMAC provide such impressive football opportunities for students.’’

McElligott and Hastings are two of several champion sports stars attending WestMAC’s Open Day, joining Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and 80-test hockey international Tammy Cole as well as rising WBBL star Ruth Johnston, boosted by a Queensland Heat cricket activity net.

Also at Open Day, there will be special meet and greet sessions with Principal Mr Geoff McLay and Deputy Principal Janelle Lecinski, who will talk about why WestMAC is the College of Opportunities, offering 16-plus sports, 34 Extra-Curricular programs, 19 musical ensembles and 277 Subjects.

WestMAC’s award-winning choirs, musical ensembles and soloists will perform live throughout Open Day, from 11am to 3pm.

To experience the College of Opportunities for yourself, please come on Saturday, 12 March, 11am to 3pm, by registering here.

For more information:

West Moreton Anglican College Senior Communications and Events Officer

Fiona Purdon

P:07 3813 4518 and M: 0429 491 335