PROUD FAMILY: 2004 Daily Examiner Sports Star of Year Kathy Pryor, celebrates with her family.
PROUD FAMILY: 2004 Daily Examiner Sports Star of Year Kathy Pryor, celebrates with her family.

I?m just so stoked: Pryor

By TONY WHITE

KATHY Pryor can't stop smiling.

The Yamba-based two-time women's world kneeboard champion, crowned 2004 Daily Examiner Sports Star of the Year on Friday night at the Grafton City Services Bowling and Sporting Club, remains on the crest of a winning wave.

"I think my face is going to crack after smiling so much," Pryor said yesterday.

"The whole thing is mind boggling. It's surreal, but real.

"I was just so stoked to make the top 10. I call that trophy 'the Oscar'.

"To get the overall award is just so special. I wish all the finalists could have won.

"An Oscar and Academy Award rolled into one."

The 43-year-old mother was overawed when her name was read out by former Daily Examiner sports editor, Max Godbee.

"When I heard my name, the title, wow, it was far beyond my expectations," she said.

"It was just so much cream on top of the cake. I was shocked.

"I just never imagined."

Flanked by her proud husband Peter and children Josh, 9, and Sophie, 11, Pryor was a gracious winner of the 45th Sports Star award.

"It's been a huge, happy weekend for the Pryors," she said.

"When I initially got the invite to attend the kids really wanted to come.

"They and Peter have been there for both my world titles.

"It was a very exciting, special evening. It was great to have the family there.

"Josh and Sophie were really excited. It was delightful to see the delight in their eyes.

"The kids didn't get to sleep to until about 1pm. They were just so excited.

"They've taken the trophy and shown it to the neighbours and around our street.

"Josh celebrated his ninth birthday (Sunday) and I've just had so many friends and people come up and congratulate me. It's wonderful. It kinda gives the kids something to think about too. It gives them a look at life, a look at what ordinary people can achieve."

Winning the award has spurred Pryor's competitive instincts.

"This year meant concentrating on building our new house but I'm looking forward to my next contest and getting the vibe back," she said.



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