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1 August, 2020

Youth Sporting Achievements Recognised

Cassowary Coast Regional Council has announced the recipients of its first annual Community Sports Bursary Program. The program is designed to support young people in recognising significant sporting achievements and consists of six bursaries targeting athletes aged eight to 18, with two bursaries specifically ear marked to showcase first nation’s sporting achievements.

Recipients included athletes from a vast selection of sports including; Netball, Softball, Athletics, Surf Lifesaving, Swimming, Triathlon, Rugby, Touch Football and more.

 Councillor Trudy Tschui said the volume and quality of nominations received exceeded expectations and many demonstrated participation, commitment and achievement in more than one sport.

 “We received nominations from young people all across the Cassowary Coast with impressive sporting achievements on local, regional, state, national and even international levels.

 “It’s exciting to see some of our regions next sporting hopefuls, the potential in this group of young people is staggering.

 “I for one am incredibly proud that our region gives youth access to such a variety of sporting options and that Council can contribute to creating and sustaining opportunities for junior athletes.” Cr Tschui said.

 The 2020 Cassowary Coast Regional Council Community Sports Bursary Program recipients are:

  • Junior Sports Female – Layla Jenkins, 11 -  for significant achievement in Athletics, Track and Field, Cross Country and Touch Football including regional and state representations.
  • Junior Sports Male – Kai Wescott, 12 – for significant achievement in Swimming, Cross Country, Surf Lifesaving and Triathlon including regional and state representations. 
  • Senior Sports Female – Sasha-May Flegler, 14 – for significant achievement in Touch Football, Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming, Softball and Tennis including regional and state representations.
  • Senior Sports Male – Luke Magnanini, 14 – for significant achievement in Touch Football, Rugby League, Triathlon, Surf Lifesaving and Judo including regional, state and national representations.
  • Junior Indigenous Sports Person – Christopher Ivey, 11 – for significant achievement in Cross Country including regional and state representations.
  • Senior Indigenous Sports Person – Quinton Smith, 17 – for significant achievement in Cross Country, Athletics and Boxing including regional, state, national and international representations.

Senior Indigenous Sports Person bursary recipient Quinton Smith, 17 said he plans to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games and also become the first Indigenous World Pro Champion Muay Thai Fighter.

 Smith already has a slew of championship titles including two time WMO World Champion and four time Australian Muay Thai Champion.

 “I put my heart and soul into this sport, I dream big and I know if I work hard my dreams will become a reality.

 “I enjoy passing on my knowledge and mentoring the students that I teach and I strive to be a positive role model through my achievements.” said Smith.

Recipients were congratulated by Queensland Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Paul De Jersey AC who presented certificates at a special ceremony held at Innisfail Shire Hall.

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