JUNIOR SPORTSPERSON: Mackenzie Reid is awarded the 2013 Junior Sportsperson Award by Councillor Paul Bell at the Australia Day celebrations in Emerald on Saturday.
JUNIOR SPORTSPERSON: Mackenzie Reid is awarded the 2013 Junior Sportsperson Award by Councillor Paul Bell at the Australia Day celebrations in Emerald on Saturday. Rebekah Polley Emeausday

Sporting champs awarded Australia Day honours

MACKENZIE Reid and Nick Williamson were recognised for their sporting prowess at the Australia Day awards ceremony in Emerald on Saturday.

Reid was named the Junior Sportsperson and the 11-year-old said it came as a complete surprise.

"I didn't know I was nominated," Reid said.

"I just feel like it is such an honour.

"I'd like to thank my parents and teacher of last year who helped me achieve."

Reid is one active youngster who takes part in swimming, touch football, netball, cross country and duathlon/triathlons.

"I've grown up playing sport," she said.

"My favourite is netball."

It is a memorable week for Reid, being awarded Junior Sportsperson and starting Year 7 at St Patrick's School yesterday.

Juggling an increase in school work while still participating in five sports, Reid said it can be hard to balance it all.

"I do my swimming in the morning and the rest in late afternoon. I just do all my schoolwork before I play sport," she said.

Reid admitted sport was always the motivating factor for her and despite her busy schedule, she said there were other sports she still wanted try out.

"I like doing everything and trying new things. I want to try tennis but don't think I'll be any good at it," she said.

Being named the 2013 Senior Sportsperson came as a surprise to Nick Williamson who said the honour was completely unexpected.

"A heap of my friends dobbed me in. Apparently quite a few were in on it," he said.

Williamson's honour roll includes a CQ Championship three years in a row, the Queensland Championship last year and the Teams Championships in which he was top scorer.

But despite the accolades, the Emerald man is humble about his achievements.

The first Williamson knew of his Australia Day nomination was receiving a letter in the mail from the council, requesting his presence the Saturday celebrations.

"I didn't expect this. I am proud to receive this, I just don't look for these things," he said.

"The greatest thing I like is shooting for Queensland. That gives me the greatest satisfaction."

 

Winners:

Central Highlands Australia Day Sport Awards

Blackwater

Junior: Brad West

Administrator: Sharyn Latchford

Capella and Tieri

Senior: Mitchel Wyatte

Junior: Jackson Weir

Administrator: Neil Berry

Springsure and Rolleston

Senior: Greg Thomas

Junior: Ethan Bullemor

Administrator: Mindy Durdin


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