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It’s time for an out­stand­ing young sports achiever to shine at this year’s awards

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jon Ged­des newslo­cal sports editor

WANTED: Fu­ture house­hold names, kids who love to play sport, great teams that are the heart and soul of ev­ery week­end sports oval and the mums, dads, coaches and sup­port­ers who make it all pos­si­ble.

If this sounds like you or some­one you know, it’s time to en­ter NewsLo­cal’s Ju­nior Sports Star awards for 2016.

The awards, in their 12th year, are among Aus­tralia’s most pres­ti­gious for our up and com­ing sports stars.

They have been a key step­ping stone for some out­stand­ing young tal­ent to achieve great suc­cess.

Pre­vi­ous over­all win­ners have in­cluded boxer Jai Opetaia, kayaker Jes­sica Fox, cricketer Ell­yse Perry, and Matil­das foot­baller Teigen Allen.

As­pir­ing rugby league su­per­star Jodeci Lua­mau was named The Stan­dard’s Ju­nior Sports Star this year af­ter de­but­ing in the Pen­rith Pan­thers Harold Matthews team. Brock Eyre-Nixon was the Young Sport­ing Spirit win­ner.

Last year’s over­all win­ner for 2015 was ris­ing rugby league star Ryan Papen­huyzen.

The awards have Rebel as the long-term ma­jor spon­sor and there are four award cat­e­gories again this year:

YOUNG SPORT­ING SPIRIT

Spon­sored by Si­monds Homes, the Young Sport­ing Spirit cat­e­gory recog­nises ath­letes who over­come ob­sta­cles and demon­strate fair­ness, sports­man­ship and ded­i­ca­tion in their sport.

The 19 win­ners of this cat­e­gory will each re­ceive a medal and $500.

TEAM SPIRIT

This cat­e­gory is spon­sored by Fox Sports Pulse. It recog­nises a team that has played fairly and in the spirit of the game.

The win­ning team will be awarded $1000.

SER­VICE TO SPORT The Ser­vice to Sport cat­e­gory goes to an in­di­vid­ual club mem­ber or vol­un­teer of a sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion who shows pas­sion, spirit and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

This cat­e­gory not only in­cludes coaches, but any vol­un­teer who gives all their time and sup­port to the club or a team, in the name of kids and sport. The win­ner will re­ceive $500.

JU­NIOR SPORTS STAR

This cat­e­gory is awarded to the ath­lete who shows the great­est achieve­ment in their cho­sen sport­ing dis­ci­pline.

The 19 win­ners of this cat­e­gory will each re­ceive a medal and $1000.

The over­all win­ner will take home the NewsLo­cal Medal at the pre­sen­ta­tion evening in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

As well, the win­ner will re­ceive $1000 and a plaque.

WHO IS EL­I­GI­BLE?

For the Ju­nior Sports Star and Young Sport­ing Spirit cat­e­gories, ath­letes aged 10 to 16. Ser­vice to sport is awarded to a sup­porter over 18, while Team Spirit is for teams made up of play­ers aged 10 to 16.

World cham­pion kayaker Jes­sica Fox won the top award in 2010.

The 2015 Young Sport­ing Spirit win­ner Brock Eyre-Nixon.

The Stan­dard’s 2015 Ju­nior Sports Star Jodeci Lau­mua.

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