Valley athletes prominent
By TONY WHITE
NUMEROUS Clarence Valley athletes figured prominently at the 2005 North Coast Academy of Sports (NCAS) annual awards held in Coffs Harbour on Saturday evening.
The Awards were conducted at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club and attended by more than 250 athletes, family, coaches, management and committee.
Cudgen swimmer Sara Mason and Sawtell surf life saver Courtney Hancock, who have earned state, Australian and international representation, tied for the prestigious Athlete of the Year Award.
Lennox Head rower Jodie Butler won the Chairman's Encouragement Award.
Locals to win major awards were:
Grafton's super goalie Scott Garner, a NSW state representative, was named Most Outstanding hockey player.
Yamba's Jamie Eichorn named Most Improved in lawn bowls.
South Grafton High student Ashleigh Peppernell named Most Outstanding rower.
Grafton's Saxon Ramon named Most Improved rower.
Lawrence-based Jarred Doyle named Most Improved male soccer player.
Yamba Surf Club's brilliant Jacob Lollback named Most Improved in Surf Life Saving.
The evening recognised a multitude of outstanding efforts from North Coast-based athletes who were members of NCAS squads in 2004-05.