Alumni News - Jamie Stanton
Jamie Stanton Graduating Class of 2012
After graduating from St Andrews Lutheran College in 2012 I spent a year overseas at a college in Kentucky USA on a college scholarship for soccer, majoring in Health and Physical Education. After one year I realised that soccer was no longer my main passion, I returned to Australia to study Health and Physical Education at Queensland University of Technology. At the end of 2017 I graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Education with a major in HPE and a minor in Mathematics. During my time at university I swapped sports and started playing AFL in the QLD competition in 2017 for the Coolangatta Bluebirds. I started playing AFL due to my best friend at university suggesting my skills from soccer would be transferable to AFL. At the end of 2017, I was drafted to the Brisbane Lions in the first AFLW draft. Over the past four years in the AFLW I have been able to play 30 games, 2 Grand finals; all be it losing grand finals, and play for a few teams (Brisbane Lions, North Melbourne and now the Gold Coast Suns). At the end of 2018 I received a position at Southport State High School in the Physical Education Department.
Throughout my time at St Andrews I was provided with the skills and work ethic to succeed at both my educational aspirations but also my sporting ones. I had exceptional teachers that provided myself with the tools that I could apply in any situation once I left school. St Andrews also provided myself with an environment in which I was able to develop and grow as an individual and as a student which has allowed me to mature and develop into a well-rounded adult. My advice for any individual would be that hard work and a determination to succeed is a required trait in life; no matter what your personal, educational, sporting or academic goals may be.