Big achiev­ers win top hon­ours

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - ERICA MUR­REE

SPORTS AWARDS: The sport­ing achieve­ments of Biggen­den ath­letes were recog­nised at the town’s Aus­tralia Day awards cer­e­mony.

Af­ter a big year of sport, Cather­ine White was named the re­cip­i­ent of the Biggen­den Ju­nior Sports Award.

In 2019, Cather­ine rep­re­sented the North Bur­nett in a va­ri­ety of sports in­clud­ing ath­let­ics, rugby league, cricket, soft­ball and touch foot­ball, be­fore gain­ing Wide Bay se­lec­tion in cricket and soft­ball.

In Novem­ber she trav­elled to Ade­laide as a mem­ber of the Queens­land un­der-12 girls’ cricket team.

Her will­ing­ness to give any­thing a go, en­thu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pa­tion and the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment she gives her fel­low team­mates and younger peers are the epit­ome of a good sportsper­son.

Cather­ine thanked her par­ents for driv­ing her to sport­ing events and her twin brother, Aed­dan, who she de­scribed as her life­long team­mate and sport­ing op­po­nent.

Dur­ing the hol­i­days, Cather­ine was a mem­ber of the Wide Bay team that tied ninth out of 12 teams at Cairns

While at Bund­aberg this month, her Coastal Burn­ers team came third at the three­day car­ni­val.

Se­nior Sports Award re­cip­i­ent Lu­cas McAskill has com­peted in var­i­ous sport­ing are­nas for a num­ber of years.

Last year he rep­re­sented Wide Bay in javelin and won a sil­ver medal at the state tri­als in Cairns.

He has rep­re­sented his school and dis­trict for rugby league, touch foot­ball and Mary­bor­ough for Oz­tag.

The 18-year-old was named River­side Chris­tian Col­lege’s se­nior sports award win­ner in 2019 in recog­ni­tion of his achieve­ments and ef­forts through­out the year.

While ac­cept­ing the award, Lu­cas thanked his coaches and team­mates.

Com­mu­nity Event of the Year was ac­cepted by Biggen­den Ri­fle Club pres­i­dent Jared Trig­ger for the stag­ing of the Bat­tle of Biggen­den

In a ma­jor coup, the event was held for the first time in Queens­land as a round of the Na­tional Pre­ci­sion Ri­fle Se­ries.

It at­tracted 44 nom­i­nated shoot­ers and their fam­i­lies from across the coun­try. The club en­sured lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups were used to pro­vide cater­ing, ac­com­mo­da­tion and mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the range.

“There was an enor­mous ef­fort in­volved and I had some good peo­ple sup­port­ing me,” Mr Trig­ger said.

He told the au­di­ence he had just signed the pa­per­work for Biggen­den to host the event again on May 30.

Pic­tures: Erica Mur­ree

ON TAR­GET: Biggen­den Ri­fle Club pres­i­dent Jared Trig­ger and mem­ber Ron Samson ac­cept the Com­mu­nity Event of the Year award for the Bat­tle of Biggen­den.

Biggen­den Se­nior Sports Award win­ner Lu­cas McAskill.

Biggen­den Ju­nior Sports Award win­ner Cather­ine White.

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