Emerging cricket star Kara Sutherland received two sports awards at the weekend.
Emerging cricket star Kara Sutherland received two sports awards at the weekend. Photo supplied

Kara bowled over by wins

CRICKET: Grafton's elite women’s cricketer Kara Sutherland received a New South Wales CHS Sporting Blue for cricket in Sydney last Friday night.

And on the same night at Yamba she was awarded the North Coast’s School Sports Association top award – Female Sportsperson of the Year.

The talented all-rounder said she was ecstatic with picking up the two major awards.

“To receive a NSW Sporting Blue is pretty cool. To have my name in the company of Steve Waugh and Phil Hughes is special,” Sutherland said.

Sutherland was advised on Saturday morning that she also received the Col Fisher Award for Female Sportsperson of the year.

“Winning the sportsperson of the year was completely unexpected,” she said.

Sutherland has made the move to Sydney to further her cricketing career and has signed up with the Campbelltown-Camden Cricket Club, who compete in the Sydney women’s first-grade competition.

“So far it has been a good experience. We play each Sunday against quality sides that contain plenty of current Australian players, like Ellyse Perry and Lisa Sthalekar,” she said.

Last week against competition favourites Bankstown, Sutherland opened the bowling and batted at the all-important number three position. After finishing her HSC at South Grafton High this year, Sutherland like so many kids these days decided to take a gap year and concentrate on her cricket.

“After having a year off, I am hoping to go to university and undertake a course in Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters in Physiotherapy,” she said.

Sutherland said her goal was to play for the NSW Breakers and hopefully in the future make the Australian side.

The North Coast Combined High Schools celebrated 40 years of sport on the North Coast at the Yamba Bowling Club on Friday night where recipients were named for various sporting awards.

Grafton High featured on the night, with Iritana Gray receiving a Sporting Blue award for squash and Rhys Henwood, Olivia Morrison and Mitchell Thomas for hockey.

Recognition awards went to Maclean High School’s Adam Bowes for swimming, Moana Gray from Grafton High School for squash, Stephanie Honeybrook for netball and Brittany Huxley for tennis.

Grafton High’s Clare Trimble also received a recognition award for her efforts in hockey.

Former North Coast sport organiser Col Fisher said sport on the North Coast has remained strong with more opportunities these days for kids.

“School sport has evolved over the years with kids specialising in certain sports. There are more girls playing sport ... there is a quality and equality of opportunity,” he said

“We are also at the forefront of providing opportunities for athletes with disabilities.”

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