Six local athletes awarded Sports Star Youth Bursaries

The six athletes rewarded with Cassowary Coast Regional Council Sports Star Youth Bursaries.

SIX aspiring junior athletes received prestigious Cassowary Coast Regional Council Sports Star Youth Bursaries at a special presentation held last month in Tully. 

There were twenty-one applications, all a high standard, and the community should be extremely proud of the commitment of the region’s young sports stars. 

Launched last year, these bursaries are for athletes aged eight to eighteen with significant achievements, who have demonstrated a commitment to their sport, as well as their overall contribution to sport and community.

Judges assessed nominees on important values, such as increased self-esteem, respect, teamwork and improved communications skills, which children gain from being involved in individual and/or team sports.

These seven athletes highlight the diversity of sporting talent in the region, and each bursary recipient received $750, and a branded polo shirt. 

Madeleine Jenkins excelled in cross country and touch football and competed at State Championships in both these sports.

Kade Corby displayed sporting prowess in rugby union, rugby league, cricket, athletics and cross country.

Lily De Brincat received recognition for school and district level sports in athletics, cross country and touch football. 

She was a member of the winning Tully Under 14 girls’ team at Junior State Cup North Touch Football Championships and gained selection in NQ Cyclones girls’ team which competed at National Youth Championships (NYC).

From her performance at NYC, De Brincat has gained selection in the Q Youth Academy – Cowboys 14 Girls touch football team.

Her judo achievements included winning three gold medals at regional competitions, silver at State Championships, selection in the Queensland team and silver at Australian Championships.

De Brincat said this bursary would help fund her trip to the Gold Coast in February 2022 to attend the Q Youth Academy, where she will train with Queensland Development coaches and play against fellow Queensland teams, the Titans and Broncos.

Kai Greven’s main sport is triathlon, in which he competed at Peninsula and secondary school sports level, however he also excelled in cross country, tennis, surf lifesaving, golf and as a volunteer surf lifesaving patrol member. 

Lillee Barba excelled in athletics and touch football at club, school and district level and competed at National Youth Championships in touch football.

Aspiring athlete Kevin Simpson is a role model to his peers with his boxing and school running achievements. 

This year, he displayed exceptional prowess in the boxing ring, claiming the title of Golden Gloves champion and two-time Queensland champion.

Award recipients:

  • Junior Sports – Female (8-12 years): Madeleine Jenkins
  • Junior Sports – Male (8-12 years): Kade Corby
  • Senior Sports – Female (13-18 years): Lily De Brincat
  • Senior Sports – Male (13-18 years): Kai Greven 
  • Junior Indigenous Sports Person (8-12 years): Lillee Barba
  • Senior Indigenous Sports Person (13-18 years): Kevin Simpson

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