Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON

TWO of Townsville’s upand- com­ing young ath­letes have re­ceived an ex­tra boost to their sport­ing ca­reers af­ter be­ing named as re­cip­i­ents of the PAYCE NQ Sports En­cour­age­ment Bur­sary.

Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive crick­eter Bren­dan Haylett and AFL ta­lent El­lie Hamp­son, both 16, re­ceived the bur­saries dur­ing a cer- emony at Townsville Coun­cil re­cently.

Haylett has rep­re­sented North Queens­land at cricket since the age of 10, is al­ready play­ing se­nior club cricket for Townsville side Broth­ers and is a mem­ber of the elite North Queens­land Path­ways squad.

Hamp­son has al­ready made big strides in her young AFL ca­reer, mak­ing both the Queens­land un­der- 15 school­girls and Queens­land City Un­der- 18 rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams. A Gold Coast Suns Academy player, Hamp­son has also earned rep­re­sen­ta­tive hon­ours in foot­ball, Oz­tag, ath­let­ics and touch foot­ball.

Townsville city coun­cil­lor Mau­rie Soars said sup­port­ing the re­gion’s young sport­ing ta­lent was vi­tal.

“This bur­sary ac­knowl­edges their sport­ing achieve­ments and helps these promis­ing juniors to pur­sue their goals by pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance,” he said.

“Bren­dan and El­lie have proven pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion to their sports and coun­cil is pleased to be able to help them achieve their goals.”

Haylett and Hamp­son each re­ceive a NQ Sports Foun­da­tion em­broi­dered sports jacket, along with a cheque for $ 650 to go to­wards their de­vel­op­ment.

Main Pic­ture: SHAE BEPLATE

TAL­ENTED YOUTH: Young sports stars, crick­eter Bren­dan Haylett and ( above) the multi- tal­ented El­lie Hamp­son, both 16.

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