Spirit high for kids at the muster

Western Times - - SPORT -

STU­ART Hawker has a sur­plus of school spirit.

He’s from a prop­erty called Westlea, be­tween Cun­na­mulla and Burke, about an hour from the New South Wales bor­der.

It was a three hour drive to get to and from the Charleville School of Dis­tance Ed­u­ca­tion’s sports muster ear­lier this month.

It’s no mys­tery how he won the spirit award.

“Cheer­ing and do­ing stuff” is how he put it.

It’s sim­ple: he par­tic­i­pated. Ev­ery sin­gle com­pe­ti­tion he was el­i­gi­ble to en­ter, he com­peted in.

Back home there are only two op­tions for sport: “Burke soc­cer or Cun­na­mulla footy”.

“We used to do ten­nis at Burke, but they shut that down,” he said.

So com­ing to Charleville to par­tic­i­pate in a huge sports muster with hun­dreds of other chil­dren was a huge treat.

“It’s only about 10 times a year (the school gets to­gether),” he said.

“It’s pretty spe­cial – a chance to see all my friends.” So he made the most of it. “(The thing I did is) try. I re­ally put my back into it,” he said.

PHOTO: AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

WIN­NER: Stu­art Hawker shows off the spoils.

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