Awards reward Maclean rowers

MACLEAN rowing trio Isaac Bolton, Riley Elvery and Leah Saunders were among the Clarence Valley winners at the North Coast Academy of Sport awards last weekend.

More than 150 guests including athletes and their families, coaches, managers, committee members and sponsors attended the ceremony at the Coffs Ex-Services Club in Coffs Harbour with the awards acknowledging the efforts of those athletes whose programs were completed in 2010.

The annual Athlete of the Year Award is presented in honour of the late Darrel Chapman who is acknowledged as being a driving force behind NCAS’s establishment in 1989.

Lennox Head triathlete Paige Single claimed Athlete of the Year Award but there was no stopping the Clarence Valley contingent on the night.

Saunders took home the NCAS Chairman’s Encouragement Award for her success in 2010 – winning bronze medals in the double and quad sculls at the 2010 Australian Rowing Championships and earning an invitation to a NTID development training camp at the AIS.

Saunders was also selected to tour New Zealand in the Australian Rowing NTID junior development squad.

Bolton (Most Outstanding) and Elvery (Most Improved) were also honoured.

The Nick Peate Memorial Award, presented to the NCAS athlete that demonstrates an achieving level of mate-ship, honesty, adaptability, resilience and determination, was awarded to hockey athlete Rachelle Pole.

Junction Hill pair Ashleigh Elward (tennis) and Jayden Darke (rugby) took away the Encouragement and Most Improved titles in their respective categories.

Grafton’s Tahlia Goodwin (netball) claimed the Most Outstanding award in her sport.

Maclean coach Harold Kratz was recognised for his five years of service with a plaque.

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