Good news spreads fast
By Tim Howard
IT didn't take too long for the news to get out that Yamba Surf Life Saving Club member Jacob Lollback was the 2005 Daily Examiner Sports Star of the Year.
About 30 minutes after after the announcement on Friday night at the Sports Star dinner at the Grafton City Services Bowling Club, the well wishers started to pour in.
Lollback, 17, a student at Grafton High School, was a popular winner of the award, which has been a fixture on the Clarence Valley sporting scene since its inception in 1961.
It was an important award for Lollback, who made the Top Ten of the 2004 awards, but could not attend because of sporting commitments.
"I couldn't make it last year, but I'm glad I made it this time," he told the audience at the club.
Lollback won the award on the back of outstanding performance throughout 2005 in surf lifesaving.
In his pet event, the Under-17 board he was unchallenged, eventually winning a place in the Australian team to contest the world titles in Victoria in February and early March.
Lollback beat home a strong field including a number of Australian titleholders to win the 2005 Sports Star of the Year award.
The other finalists in the award were: James Linger ? baseball, Daniel Austin -boxing, Codie Hearfield ? rugby union, Scott McCartney ? surf life saving, Daniel Lang ? rowing, Ashleigh Peppernell ? rowing, Lewis Hemphill ? rowing, Nick Russ ? hockey, Robbie Austen ? archery, Kara Sutherland ? cricket.