Lance Leech (Class of 1980)

Lance Leech represented Australia in the 100mtr and 200mtr Breaststroke at the 1986 Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh. In 1976, Lance became the first IGS swimmer in eleven years to win a race at the GPS Carnival. The following year Lance broke the record for the under 14 – 50 meter breaststroke and put IGS into the record book for the first time in sixteen years.

Craig McDermott (Class of 1982)

A fast bowler who started his career with Queensland in 1983-84 and made his Test debut for Australia in 1984-85 while still 19. He went on to play 71 Tests and 138 ODIs and was the spearhead of the attack during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was selected as a member of the Queensland Cricket Team of the Century in 2000.

Dr Christopher Tudge (Class of 1982)

Areopaguristes Tudgei. That is the name of a new species of hermit crab discovered on the barrier reef off the coast of Belize by Old Boy Christopher Tudge, a biology professor at American University in Washington, D.C. He has collected specimens all over the world, from Australia to Europe to North and South America. Until now, he has never had a species named after him.

Tudge has been interested in biology his whole life, from boyhood trips to the beach collecting crustaceans in his native Australia to his undergraduate and PhD work in zoology and biology at the University of Queensland.

Dr Tudge is primarily a reproductive biologist with particular interests in the reproductive biology of invertebrates. His research focuses on the reproductive cells and associated structures, evolutionary mechanisms, and reproductive behaviours of marine decapod crustaceans. He also has experience dealing with other invertebrate and vertebrate groups and his knowledge of reproduction in crustaceans can be directly applied to other taxa. He uses this interest in crustacean reproduction to investigate the evolutionary history (phylogeny) of particular crabs in the marine environment. #igsoldboys

Tony McGrath (Class of 1982)

After graduating from the Griffith Film School and completing a Masters in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology, Tony McGrath (Class of 1982) started his own film production company and was soon after directing dozens of music videos for some of Australia’s best-known bands including, Regurgitator, Spiderbait, The Superjesus and Savage Garden which went on to earn him multiple awards.

His 2005 his film ‘Crossing’ was shortlisted for Sydney’s Tropfest. In the same year, he directed a series of music videos for Russell Crowe in the south of France.

In 2006, he moved to Los Angeles and in between editing promos and commercials, cut two narrative features, ‘Borderlands’ and ‘The Loneliest Road In America’. Tony also directed and edited the feature documentary, “The Fall of Occupy LA”.

In 2018, he became a Lecturer in Film at QUT Creative Industries and subsequently began a PhD in Small Crew Filmmaking. He still edits casually for Cutting Edge and is pursuing short film and feature projects.

Steve Walters (Class of 1982)

Steve Walters played the majority of his Rugby League career with the Canberra Raiders from 1986-96 before playing for the North Queensland Cowboys and Newcastle Knights. Walters played 14 State of Origin games for Queensland and 15 Tests for Australia and made history with his younger twin brothers Kerrod and Kevin in 1992 when the trio played for Queensland and Australia. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Darren Brown (Class of 1983)

Darren Brown is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played for South Sydney, Canterbury-Bankstown, Western Suburbs and the Penrith Panthers. Brown also played for the Salford City Reds in the Super League.

Jason Plummer (Class of 1984)

Represented Australia in distance freestyle events at the 1988 Olympics and the 1986 Commonwealth Games, where he won the 1,500m gold medal. He also won two bronze medals at the 1987 Pan Pacific Championships.

Kerrod Walters (Class of 1984)

Kerrod Walters commenced playing with the Brisbane Broncos in 1988. He represented Queensland in six State of Origin matches and Australia in eight Tests as the hooker. He made history with his twin brother Kevin and older brother Steve when the trio played for Queensland and Australia. Walters went on to play for the Adelaide Rams and Gateshead Thunder before signing a one-year deal to re-join the Broncos in 2000 when he played one game off the bench. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Kevin Walters (Class of 1984)

Kevin Walters is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. He is the head coach of the Brisbane Broncos and formerly the Queensland State of Origin team, as well as a former commentator for Fox League. Walters played for the Australian Kangaroos, Queensland Maroons and at professional club level primarily for the Brisbane Broncos.

Along with twin Kerrod and older brother Steve, Kevin Walters started his playing career in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership before joining the NSWRL. He spent some time playing for the Canberra Raiders before moving to the Brisbane Broncos, where he played for the majority of his career and took over the club’s captaincy. He has played in premiership-winning teams on six occasions and holds the record for most finals appearances.

Walters later coached in the Queensland Cup competition with the Ipswich Jets club before being recruited by Catalans. Following his former coach Wayne Bennett from the Newcastle Knights he joined the Broncos coaching staff ahead of the 2015 season. During his short stint with the Knights, Walters was appointed as Halves coach by Bennett in 2014. Before this, Walters joined the Melbourne Storm where he worked as assistant coach to Craig Bellamy. Walters had also been at French club Catalans Dragons of the Super League where he was head coach. Before that he was head coach of the Ipswich Jets in the Queensland Cup.

His coaching career continued as head coach of the Queensland rugby league team from 2016, until 2020 when he became head coach of the Brisbane Broncos.

David McCormack (Class of 1985)

David McCormack is an Australian musician and singer-songwriter, best known as front man of Brisbane-based rock group Custard and for voicing the character Bandit in the animated children’s series Bluey. McCormack is also a part owner of the Sonar Music composer collective and since 2009 has been responsible for many film and television scores including The Tall Man, Rake, Redfern Now, House Husbands, Wild Boys, and Blood Brothers. Additionally, McCormack has also composed film scores for Alex Proyas’s Garage Days and for Daniel Krige’s West.

David Wilson (Class of 1985)

After making his debut for Queensland in 1989, David Wilson was selected to tour with the Wallabies to Canada and France. Wilson played in the Bledisloe Cup series wins in 1992, 94, 98, 99 and 2000, including the 1999 win as Captain. A 1999 World Cup win was followed by Australia’s first ever Tri-Nations series win in 2000, after which he retired from Test Rugby. Wilson then moved to the UK to play for the London Harlequins in the Zurich Premiership. A serious knee injury ended his playing career at the age of 35. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Willie Carne (Class of 1986)

Willie Carne was a Rugby League winger who represented the Brisbane Broncos from 1990-96. During this period, he represented Queensland in the State of Origin on 12 occasions and Australia in nine Tests. Carne made his Rugby Union debut in a Queensland Reds trial match in 1997, however, was unable to secure a place and subsequently retired from playing professional sport altogether that year. In 2007, Carne was inducted into the Bronco’s official Hall of Fame. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Brett Plowman (Class of 1986)

Brett Plowman is an Australian former rugby league footballer. Plowman began his career at Brisbane Bronco’s where he spent six seasons. In 1994, Plowman moved to Parramatta Eels where he spent two seasons. In 1996, Plowman moved back to Queensland to play with the Gold Coast Chargers where he spent two seasons before retiring.

Glen Gilmore (Class of 1988)

Glen Gilmore was the Captain of the Australian polo team for over 10 years. He became a professional upon completion of a University degree and has played in most of the major polo playing countries in the world including the UK, France, Spain, USA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand and Dubai. Based in England for about half the year, Gilmore competes in high and medium goal tournaments and is the chief umpire of the Guards’ Club in England and plays all the high goal tournaments in Australia. #yourplaceinhistory #igs

Rodney Zuyderwyk (Class of 1988)

Rodney’s under 15 years long jump GPS record of 7.19 meters still stands today. As the national 110m hurdles champion, Zuyderwyk represented Australia in this event and the 4x100m relay at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, where his team claimed the bronze medal.

He finished sixth at the World Cup in the 110m hurdles and sixth at the World Student Games in the decathlon. Zuyderwyk competed successfully for Washington State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sports Administration in 1993. He received a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Psychology from the University of Queensland in 1995 and coached at the elite level in Australia for several years. He has since established himself as a track and field coach on the American collegiate circuit. #igsoldboys

Craig Polla-Mounter (Class of 1989)

Craig Polla-Mounter is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. While attending Ipswich Grammar School, he went on two tours with the Australian Schoolboys rugby union team. He played in three grand finals for Canterbury-Bankstown, for two losses in 1994 and 1998 against the Canberra Raiders and the Brisbane Broncos, and one win in 1995 against Manly-Warringah.

Robert McGregor (Class of 1989)

Robert McGregor was the Australian and Oceania Modern Pentathlon champion and the sole male representative in the Australian Olympic Games team for the 2000 Olympics. #yourplaceinhistory #igs