Grafton High School rower Sarah Jones, third from left.
Grafton High School rower Sarah Jones, third from left.

Pair of locals shine at big awards night

NORTH Coast Academy of Sport has announced BMX Rider Morgan Peen as NCAS Athlete of the Year at the regional Academy Awards last weekend.

Hosted by the Ballina RSL, the awards, which were attended by over 150 guests, acknowledged the multitude of achievements by athletes who were members of the Academy squads during 2008-09.

The Nick Peate Memorial Award which is presented to the NCAS athlete that demonstrates mateship, honesty, adaptability, resilience and determination went to rower Sarah Jones of Grafton.

When riding to training to prepare for the Australian Rowing Championships was knocked off her bike by a car. Jones fractured her arm putting her Nationals program at risk but embarked on a gruelling land training program to maintain her fitness. Jones had her plaster off the day before she flew to Tasmania for the Australian Championships.

The other major award on the night was the Indigenous Athlete of the Year won by hockey’s Madeleine Richey of Junction Hill. A talented sportsperson Richey has been a member of the academy program for two years and in this time has been a participant in several elite indigenous training camps.

She represented Northern Territory at the under-18 Australian Titles, North Coast Schools and is also a Grafton representative. She is also an accomplished cricketer having represented North Coast Schools at CHS level, and winning the NSW title.

NCAS is a non-government and not-for-profit organisation whose goal is to identify and develop talented junior athletes throughout the North Coast region of NSW.

NCAS sport programs are regarded as the vital pathway step between regional and state level sport development, and are acknowledged and supported by respective state sporting organisations.

Contact the NCAS on 6620 3073.



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