His­tory maker

Southern Riverina news - - SPORT -

His­tory was made when Si­enna Burke (pic­tured) be­came the youngest ever re­cip­i­ent of the Jer­ilderie Sportsper­son of the Year award on Satur­day night.

The 12 year-old plays most of her sport with Fin­ley based clubs in­clud­ing Lit­tle Ath­let­ics, Fin­ley Squash Club, Fin­ley Net­ball while also play­ing ten­nis with Co­bram.

Si­enna at­tended Fin­ley Pub­lic School in 2018, and rep­re­sented Rive­rina four times for ath­let­ics, soc­cer, ten­nis and cross coun­try.

She broke the FPS 12 year girls’ high jump record by 19cm — a record which stood for 40 years.

Si­enna also holds the zone record for high jump, and came third in high jump at the State NSW PSSA Cham­pi­onships.

She was fourth in Aus­tralia for 12 years girls high jump at School Sport Aus­tralia Cham­pi­onships.

Si­enna is also an ac­com­plished dis­tance run­ner, win­ning the 12 years girls cross coun­try at re­gional PSSA level.

Her dom­i­nance on the track helped her com­pete in Trans Tas­man for Lit­tle Ath­let­ics, a com­pe­ti­tion for NSW and Auck­land ath­letes in the U11 and U12 age groups.

Si­enna re­ceived the Frank Lubrano tro­phy, awarded for the best team per­son.

She said it ‘‘feels pretty good’’ to re­ceive the Sportsper­son of the Year and much of her suc­cess comes down to ‘‘lots of train­ing’’.

‘‘It would be nice to try and make the state or na­tional lev­els again in ath­let­ics,’’ she said.

‘‘I won’t able able to go over to Auck­land again be­cause of my age, how­ever there is a chance to play net­ball in Eng­land; I just have to con­vince mum and dad.’’

Si­enna was the run­ner-up in the Fin­ley Net­ball Club Un­der 13 best and fairest count and eighth in the Mur­ray League Net­ball Un­der 13s count. Her ci­ta­tion said she has a strong fu­ture. ‘‘The fu­ture is bright for this ex­tra­or­di­nary young ath­lete, who has been recog­nised in tes­ti­mo­ni­als as a fair and re­spect­ful player, and a cour­te­ous, thought­ful and will­ing sport­ing par­tic­i­pant,’’ the ci­ta­tion read.

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