Sunday, January 27, 2013

Australia Day sports awards

Luke Gilbert
A YOUNG golfer and three Olympic rowers were recognised as the Derwent Valley's top sportsmen and women at yesterday's Australia Day Awards in New Norfolk.

For the second time in three years, Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans named the New Norfolk Rowing Club's senior squad as our Sportsperson/Team of the Year. The squad - consisting of Kate Hornsey, Anthony Edwards and Kerry Hore - were selected for the 2012 London Olympic Games and all earned places in the finals of their respective events. Hornsey won a silver medal in the women's pair while Anthony and Kerry both finished fourth in their finals.

"Kate and Kerry are both life members of the New Norfolk Rowing Club while Anthony is additionally the state development officer for Rowing Tasmania," master of ceremonies Craig Farrell MLC said at yesterday's presentation. The award was accepted by New Norfolk Rowing Club patron John Shoobridge.

The title of Young Sportsperson of the Year went to Luke Gilbert, 16, of New Norfolk. The award was accepted by Luke's mum, Inge Gilbert, as he was at work in at the Tasmania Golf Club.

The dedicated young golfer has been playing competitively for about 4½ years. He practises most days and plays at the New Norfolk and Tasmania Golf Clubs. He has been in the state junior squad the last two years, travelling to New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia to compete against other golfers his age. He works at the Tasmania Golf Club Pro Shop on Saturday afternoons.

Congratulations Luke, Anthony, Kate and Kerry.

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