Teenage ath­lete clinches award

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Eden­hope track and field ath­lete Jesse Iese has set him­self a long-term goal ‘and dream’ of rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia at Olympic or Com­mon­wealth level af­ter be­com­ing Wim­mera Sports Star of the Year.

The teenager, who won the award from a qual­ity field for his per­for­mances in the power dis­ci­plines of shot put and dis­cus, added that his im­me­di­ate goal was to win shot put and dis­cus gold medals at na­tional cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney next month.

Iese has emerged as one of the most promis­ing ath­letes in the re­gion de­spite al­most fall­ing into the sport by ac­ci­dent and un­der­go­ing coach­ing in Eden­hope by cor­re­spon­dence.

He said he had been happy enough in sim­ply be­ing nom­i­nated as a fi­nal­ist for the award and now planned to give the sport his ‘best shot’.

“I plan to do this as long as I can. My par­ents, the whole town and pretty much most of the Wim­mera has got be­hind me,” he said.

For­mer Aus­tralian net­ball star and Com­mon­wealth gold medal­list Bianca Chat­field pre­sented the Eden­hope Sec­ondary College stu­dent with his award at a din­ner pre­sen­ta­tion in Horsham.

Iese’s win re­flected his suc­cess in win­ning a shot put gold medal at Vic­to­rian Cham­pi­onships and shot put and dis­cus gold medals at ju­nior na­tional ti­tles, Alls Schools State Cham­pi­onships and All Schools Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Dur­ing the evening Chat­field spoke about her ex­pe­ri­ences play­ing sport at an elite level.

Of­fi­cials also pre­sented awards to other cat­e­gory win­ners.

Wim­mera lawn bowler Edna An­der­son was Vet­eran of the Year and Minyip-mur­toa Foot­ball Net­ball Club pres­i­dent Andy De­lahunty won a Sports­man­ship Award.

A Women in Sport award went to Chloe Wheeler of Horsham Mo­tor­cy­cling Club, Horsham ju­nior bas­ket­ball ad­vo­cate Tony Sleep won an Un­sung Hero Award and Vol­ley­ball Horsham’s Tim Pop­ple snared a Coach of the Year tro­phy.

St Brigid’s College in Horsham was Sport­ing School of the Year and Wim­mera foot­ball um­pire Se­bas­tian Dal­gleish was named Of­fi­cial of the Year.

Horsham Ama­teur Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s Lee O’grady was Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Year and Club of the Year went to Horsham Mo­tor­cy­cle Club.

Horsham bas­ket­ball as­so­ci­a­tion’s un­der-14 boys rep­re­sen­ta­tive, which made it to na­tional ti­tles, was Team of the Year.

An Ac­cess for All Abil­i­ties ‘lo­cal’ award went to Matt Tay­lor and a ‘na­tional’ award to Josh Barry.

Horsham Saints foot­ball star Ja­cob Cooke-har­ri­son was Koori Sports Star of the Year, Ju­nior Ath­lete of the Year was Kaniva shooter Zoe Hawker and a Grass­roots Award for a for­mer Wim­mera ath­lete went to Olympic rower Lucy Stephan of Nhill.

ACCOLADE: Wim­mera 2017 Sports Star of the Year award win­ner Jesse Iese cel­e­brates his win with his par­ents Ni­cole and Keneti. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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