Four Highlands athletes rewarded

On 20/02/2019 by admin

Jack Howard strides strongly down field for the Bowral Kookaburras. Photo by Wendy HowardTHE Berrima District Sports Awards (BDSA) winners have been announced for April and May.
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Georgia Genner was the junior winner for April and Grace Fairall was named senior champion.

The May junior champion was Jack Howard and Sue Hearn was the month’s senior winner.

The BDSA committee recognises the best junior and senior athletes in the Highlands each month over a 12-month period.

Georgia Genner was recognised for her achievements in basketball.

During April, Georgia played for the South West Sydney Academy of Sport basketball team in the 2016 NSW Clubs Academy Games.

Georgia secured a spot in the academy late last year and started 2016 as a member of the NSW Country team.

Grace Fairall won the senior champion award for her performances in gymnastics.

Grace was one of 50 people selected in the Australian team at the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in China in April.

Grace, with her partner Jessica Adams, represented Australia in the pairs event at the world championships in the junior section for 12 to 18-year-olds.

Fifteen countries were in contention, and Grace and her partner reached the finals to place ninth.

Jack Howard was the BDSA junior monthly award winner for May.

Sue Hearn and her horse Remmington. Photo by Franz Venhaus

Jack attended the NSW Combined Independent School’s rugby league camp.

He was then selected as a shadow player of a 20-member squad to play at the Australian Schoolboys Rugby League Championships.

He is one of the growing number of local juniors who gives back to their sport by refereeing junior games.

Jack also plays hockey for Bowral Hockey Club in the division B men’s team and as goalkeeper for the men’s division A team.

He was also selected as the goalie for the Southern Highlands under-15s representative team that played at the state championships in May.

Sue Hearn was the senior award winner for May.

Sue boosted her chances of Olympic representation as one of the seven Australian dressage riders to contest the first of two nomination events for the Olympics.

Competing in Europe, Sue and her horse Remmington scored an impressive 68.82.

At the end of the first round, was positioned second on the ranking list for the Olympics squad.

– By Kathy Cupitt

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