Stars six of the best by Myles

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Georgina Dowd – Hockey

It’s been a busy year for Georgina, who has played hockey across all lev­els of the sport­ing pyra­mid. Com­ple­ment­ing her lo­cal du­ties with TownSouth and re­gional du­ties with the South West Strik­ers, she was se­lected in School Sport Aus­tralia’s All-Aus­tralian un­der-16 hockey team, af­ter shin­ing for WA at the Pa­cific School Games in Ade­laide last year. This year, Georgina was a mem­ber of School Sport Aus­tralia’s All-Aus­tralian train­ing team over in South Africa — an ex­pe­ri­ence which she en­joyed. In com­ing sea­sons, her ul­ti­mate goals are to rep­re­sent WA at both un­der-18s and 21s level, where she can build on her al­ready im­pres­sive skills. Based in Har­vey, Georgina and her par­ents spend a lot of time in the car and she is very grate­ful for all of the sup­port given to her by loved ones. Georgina be­lieves sport ben­e­fits the com­mu­nity sig­nif­i­cantly as she feels it brings peo­ple to­gether from di­verse back­grounds and helps them in learn­ing how to work to­gether.

Brooke Repa­choli – Net­ball

Brooke cre­ated plenty of his­tory in 2018 at both club and State level net­ball. She was the youngest listed player (15 years old) in the West Six promis­ing ju­nior ath­letes have been se­lected as fi­nal­ists for the 2018 Myles Ju­nior Sport Star of the Year award. An award es­tab­lished by Ned Myles in 1966, the suc­cess­ful re­cip­i­ent is not only recog­nised for their sport­ing achieve­ments, but their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence are also taken into ac­count. Here,

sports jour­nal­ist Justin Fris gives some in­sight into all fi­nal­ists ahead of the award cer­e­mony on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7.

Aus­tralian Net­ball League se­nior com­pe­ti­tion and came fourth in the league’s MVP vot­ing af­ter a stel­lar sea­son with the ECU Souwest Jets. Her form re­sulted in re­ceiv­ing the Jets’ league MVP award. Mean­while at club level, she rep­re­sented the Har­vey-Brunswick-Leschenault Lions with dis­tinc­tion, ty­ing for both the South West Net­ball Foot­ball League MVP and ris­ing star awards with Carey Park’s Paris New­man. Al­ways spurred on by a chal­lenge, Brooke rel­ishes the op­por­tu­nity to push both her­self and team­mates, whether it be in a train­ing or match sit­u­a­tion. She has drawn a lot of pride and knowl­edge from watch­ing her mother play net­ball while grow­ing up and feels she al­ways learns some­thing new af­ter ev­ery match. Along with en­joy­ing her re­la­tion­ships with Jets and Lions team­mates, Brooke is a big fan of her Jets coach Erin Cul­nane, who she be­lieves is one of the best coaches she has ever had.

Cur­rently a mem­ber of the West Coast Fever’s FIT Acad­emy, Brooke aims to one day hope­fully rep­re­sent the West­ern Sting and Fever — with her dream goal of playing in­ter­na­tion­ally for the Aus­tralian Di­a­monds.

Giselle Tay­lor – Net­ball

Giselle’s fu­ture in net­ball ap­pears to be a bright one, af­ter her se­lec­tion in the 2018 Aus­tralian 17 years and un­der squad in April. Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, the 190cm ris­ing star was se­lected for the “Aus­tralian Talls Squad” a month later, where she was given spe­cial­ist coach­ing. Her form did not go un­no­ticed by the West Coast Fever de­vel­op­ment scouts, who se­lected her in both Fever and FIT Acad­emy teams. Giselle en­joys go­ing to train­ing and said she was heart­ened by the “chang­ing” na­ture of net­ball, which is giv­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for play­ers of all ages. She is grate­ful of sup­port from her

fam­ily who all en­joy playing dif­fer­ent sports. Giselle aims to one day rep­re­sent the West­ern Sting and Fever and would be honoured to rep­re­sent the Aus­tralian Di­a­monds at in­ter­na­tional level.

Cooper An­der­ton – Ath­let­ics

Cooper faces a dif­fi­cult choice in the next two years, when he will have to choose be­tween race walk­ing and hur­dles – such is his dom­i­nance in both ath­letic dis­ci­plines. A ver­sa­tile ath­lete, the 16-year-old said he loves the fun, com­pet­i­tive na­ture of ath­let­ics and be­lieves it can be in­clu­sive for all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. Cooper scooped wins and plac­ings across lo­cal, re­gional, State and in­ter­na­tional events over the past year, which en­sured his se­lec­tion in the Ath­let­ics Aus­tralia “Tar­get Tal­ent” pro­gram. In the short term, Cooper aims to se­cure medals at his up­com­ing events in Syd­ney and Cairns and qual­ify for the up­com­ing un­der 20 world cham­pi­onships. Cooper is acutely aware of the sac­ri­fices his par­ents have made to en­sure he can com­pete across all lev­els and he reg­u­larly thinks of them while com­pet­ing as it gives him added in­spi­ra­tion.

Joshua Com­mons – Cy­cling

Joshua com­petes in both road and track cy­cling and is a cur­rent State cham­pion. In 2017, he took line hon­ours in the un­der-15 WA State Road Cy­cling Cham­pi­onships road race, along with sec­ond and third in the un­der-15 time trial and un­der-17 sprint re­spec­tively. An avid viewer of the Tour De France an­nu­ally, the 14-year-old only has eyes on the green sprint­ers jersey, while oth­ers typ­i­cally fo­cus on the yel­low leader jersey. Joshua grew up with cy­cling and found it a great op­por­tu­nity to spend time with his fa­ther. Even­tu­ally, Joshua would love to turn pro­fes­sional and move to Italy.

Will Drew – Sail­ing

Will is the reign­ing Myles Ju­nior Sport Star of the Year award win­ner and was also a fi­nal­ist in the 2018 AJ (Tood) Buswell South West­ern Times Sports Star of the Year award. Though he is of­ten a top per­former, he is the first to as­sist up-and-com­ing sailors through coach­ing and guid­ance. In June, he was a se­lected en­trant in the Aus­tralian Maid In­ter­na­tional Youth Match rac­ing re­gatta.

Cooper An­der­ton

Brooke Repa­choli

Joshua Com­mons

Giselle Tay­lor

Georgina Dowd

Will Drew

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