Nominees for September's sportsperson award
SPORTSPERSON OF THE MONTH: Each month, the Daily Examiner celebrates our high-achieving sports stars with the Jetts Fitness Junior and Senior Sportsperson of the Month awards. For September, these were the nominations:
JUNIOR SPORTSPERSON OF THE MONTH:
KEATON STUTT - Hockey (Grafton): I had to pick one sport, but if there's such thing as an all-round talent, it's Keaton. It's probably easier to list the sports he hasn't represented his state or district in. So far this year he has represented North Coast in soccer, hockey and cricket. He is currently representing NSW in Under 13s hockey in Perth, and will be off to the NSW PSSA Under 12s Hockey Pan Pacific Games in Adelaide in December.
ANASTASIA BLANCH - Pony Club (Brushgrove): Anastasia is only eight years old and is competing with riders up to 12 years old, and recently won junior pointscore at the Zone 15 Flat Riding Championships. It was the first time competing with her horse, and she also won a stack of other awards including best presented and bareback rider.
CODY ENSBY - Campdraft (Woodford Island): A campdrafting prodigy, Cody has claimed many awards and just last Sunday at the Copmanhurst Campdraft he added the Maiden Draft to his lift. The Friday before he came equal first for having the highest cut-out in the Encouragement Draft.
DAKODA WALTERS - Surfing (Angourie): Grom Dakoda Walters has carved his way to success in all competitions this year, and the 2017 Billabong Parko Grom Stomp was no different with Walters claiming a win in the 16-and-under blue ribbon event.
BEN LIYOU - Rugby League (Grafton): Ben has had a terrific year with the Grafton Ghosts U16s team, who won their Junior League grand final earlier this month. On top of that, Ben was also named as Group 1's Best and Fairest for the entire U16s competition.
SEPTEMBER SENIOR SPORTSPERSON OF THE MONTH:
REBECCA PATEMAN - Bodybuilding (Maclean): She may describe herself as "painfully shy”, but that didn't stop the 21-year-old from strutting her stuff at the Musclemania Australia Championships where she won the open physique category and came second in the open figure event.
MATT BAKER - Duathlon (Yamba): This dentist loves to run. So much so that he represented Australia in Switzerland at the 2017 Zofingen International Triathlon Union Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships, an event comprised of 10km run, then a 150km bike, then another 30km run.
LUKE STANFORD - Aussie Rules (Grafton): Known as Mr Footy, and for good reason, Stanford picked up three major awards at the AFL North Coast presentation nights, including the Paul Sheldon Medal for best on ground in the rep game against AFL North West.
MITCH LOLLBACK - Rugby League (Grafton): Winning a home grand final doesn't come around too often, and to be named man of the match in the win was a dream come true for Ghosts fullback Lollback, who was instrumental in their dominate 2017 season.
JARRED DOYLE - Football (Maclean): The Maclean Bobcats may have fallen one game short of their finals dreams this year, but their captain still managed to impress, claiming the North Coast Football Player of the Year award.
The winners of both categories will be announced in tomorrow's Daily Examiner.