Big achievers win top honours
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.
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.