Emerging sport stars rewarded
LOCKYER District High School up and coming sporting stars' achievements did not go unnoticed last week as students and families dressed up for the annual sports presentation night.
The Bob Spearritt Hall was packed full of the high school's sporting elite last Wednesday night as student achievements and efforts from throughout the year were recognised with the Broncos elite player development coach Brendan Barlow as special guest.
Mr Barlow's address to the audience reflected on his career and life involved with sport, highlighting the many life skills and human qualities that could be taken away from sport.
"Sport has done great things for me not only with the Broncos but in travel, memories and all the great moments," he said.
"I've learned a lot through coaching and it's made me a more level headed person."
Mr Barlow said sport had taught him to be a better person and emphasised to students that in order to fulfil sporting dreams and reach the higher levels of the game more than just talent was required, with the right mental attitude vital.
"You need more than just talent to become a professional athlete," he said.
"If you put everyday into your dream it will pay off.
"If you have got the talent and qualities as a person you might become the next Darren Lockyer or elite athlete in Australian sport.
"However, even with average talent but great qualities as a person you can still make it.
"If my time ended in sport with the Broncos I would be happy (with career)."
HOD Ron Weatherby said the night was a great chance to not only recognise specific sporting achievements but to also acknowledge those who jumped in and had a go always putting in 100%.
Major award winners:
Stuart Werth Memorial Trophy - Blake Ziser
Senior male sportsperson of the year - Jarryd Bichel
Senior sportswoman of the year - Lauren Murray
Junior male sportsperson of the year - Matthew Olive
Junior female sportsperson of the year - Casey-Leigh Grosskoph
House captain of the year - Daniel Horrocks (Manning House)