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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : March 4th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, March 5, 2009 5 2008 JUNIOR SPORTS STAR AWARDS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Meet Sydney's best JUNIOR SPORTS STAR MAJOR SPONSOR SHIREEN KHALIL Cumberland Courier Medal winner Kenneth To is interviewed by MC Craig Norenbergs, while editor-in-chief Bob Osburn looks on. Picture: DAVE SWIFT ~PP250441 Video Online Watch it now at www.innerwestweekly.com.au ONE of Australia's most prom- ising teenage swimmers has won the Cumberland Courier Medal for 2008. Kenneth To took out the over- all award at last week's Junior Sports Star presentation at The Epping Club. Twenty Cumberland Courier Newspapers' publications pres- ented two awards each, Junior Sports Star of the year and Young Achiever. Kenneth, 16, became the first person in the program's four- year history to win more than once, going back-to-back as the Inner-West Weekly Junior Sports Star, sponsored locally by Rhodes Shopping Centre. ''I won the Inner-West Weekly Junior Sports Star in 2007 and I never thought it was possible to win again but it was an awe- some feeling and being able to win it again is even better,'' the Ashbury resident said. Described by the awards MC Sky News sports presenter Craig Norenbergs as the brightest young swimming tal- ent, he blitzed Ian Thorpe's 10-year-old record in the 200m individual medley final at the State Age Championships by 1.95 seconds in January. ''It's pretty special, I'm just a bit shocked and surprised at the moment,'' Kenneth said of his newest honour. The Trinity Grammar student has a long list of achievements, including winning six gold medals at the State Age Cham- pionships and raking in eight more gold, two silver and four bronze medals at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. ''If you stick to what you're doing you will get very far,'' he said. ''It's all about training the hardest you can and putting in your best effort.'' Kenneth has his HSC to focus on this year and while he trains about eight times a week, he says he will divide his effort between study and sport. ''It's about managing your time and not compromising swimming for school and vice-versa.'' Kenneth who won $2000 on the night, will concentrate on the Australian Championships this month and the Australian Age Championships in April. Whistleblower's leading edge Liam Rowe THE Inner-West Weekly's three Junior Sports Star finalists are winners in their own right. Haberfield's Liam Rowe walked away with the Young Achiever award at the Cumberland Courier Junior Sports Star awards. The 16-year-old champion AFL whistleblower said: ''It's awesome that I got this award because I didn't think that umpiring would be recognised as much as the other big-ticket sports.'' Rowe was rated one of the best junior umpires in the state when he was invited to join the Sydney AFL umpires' seniors panel. Pierre Boda, 15, of Concord West is a champion ice short- track speed skater. He races at up to 55km/h, has been the national age champion for eight years and placed sixth in the senior men's division at the 2007 National Championships. Boda was selected for the Elite Development Squad for skaters who are expected to be in the squad for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Weightlifting champion Emilio McFarland, 16, of Concord West, has taken out various state and national titles. Standing at 158cm and weighing 69kg, he represented Australia at the Common- wealth Youth Games in India, lifting a total of 173kg and ranking in 10th place. The Junior Sports Star awards are open to sportspeople aged between 10 and 16 at the time of nomination who live in the news- paper's area. Nominations for 2009 are open. Look for the nomination form on Page 42 or enter online at innerwestweekly.com.au 2091803i iww wk36 Helping learner drivers become safer drivers FREE workshops for parents and supervising drivers To help you with practical advice about: • Understanding of the new laws for L and P licence holders. • Supervising learner drivers. • Completing the Learner Driver Log Book. • Understanding the benefits of supervised on-road driving experience. The RTA and your local council have set up free two hour workshops for parents and supervisors of learner drivers. The next workshop in your area will be held: Time & Date: 6.30pm-8.30pm Tuesday 17th March 2009 Venue: Strathfield Community Centre, 1B Bates Street, Homebush Book Now: 02 9748 9606 *Bookings are essential 30% - 70% OFF RRP STOREWIDE* *Excludes samples *Reductions off recommended retail price LIDCOMBE Fac tor y Outlet adidas Factor y Outlet 55-59 Parramatta Road Lidcombe 2141 Phone 9748 0577
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