Local sporting stars recognised

March 10, 2017

Nominees in the junior Sport Star of Year category.

Sporting stars with bright futures and who have achieved amazing things were recognised at the annual Barooga Sports Club/Cobram Courier Sport Star of the Year awards on Thursday night.

The gala dinner also featured guest speaker Alana Baldi, an athlete and the only person yet to have won both the junior (2005) and senior (2007) awards. 

This year, a wide range of sports were represented through the nominees, including football, wakeboarding, golf, swimming, cricket, motocross, curling and Muay Thai boxing.

AFL young superstar and 2016 national draftee Esava Ratugolea was recognised for a stellar season, which was capped off by being recruited to the Geelong Cats in November after a strong season with the Murray Bushrangers. 

Unable to be there on the night, a representative from Cobram Football Club accepted on his behalf, saying Esava would have been humbled and "stoked" to win the award, and was disappointed he wasn't able to be there.

Cobram Barooga Cycling Club's Travis Lindhe took out the senior award for the second year in a row, after a season which saw him return from overseas with a number of impressive accolades.

Cobram Thai Boxing's Darren Withers was recognised with the Sports Association of Australia Riverina Branch's Services to Sport Award; for his countless hours dedicated to training and volunteering with young students with many different sporting bodies.

Barooga Sports Club's Mick O'Dwyer congratulated all nominees, saying there were many very worth sports people doing great things across the region.

For the full two-page feature on the awards, see the March 15 edition of the Courier.

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