2014 Sport Albury-Wodonga Young Achiever Award


- Sudden success for Zach Murray? You jest!

- Every second counts for Jordan Boys

- Ben Hooppell heads to the big smoke

- Nathan Rodgers racing to top spot

- Twists and turns of trick genius Josh Briant

- Where there's a Will, there's a way to shine for McIntosh

- Pain a constant companion on Matt Ward's road to Rio 

- Jocelyn Bartram determined to keep her goals in sight

- Olympics the only thing in James Willett's sights

- Mahalah Mullins is chasing powder and glory

- Casey Wild driving her way to a sporting dream

- Nick Dempsey's got the knack of doing the hard yards

Twelve finalists representing 10 sports have been announced as part of the Sport Albury-Wodonga Norske Skog Young Achiever Award.

Sport Albury-Wodonga president Rob McDonald said he was happy with this year’s field.

“We have a very good group of nominees,” he said.

“There are a number of people of a very high quality in there.”

Casey Wild (golf)

Josh Briant (water skiing)

Matthew Ward (swimming)

Mahalah Mullins (snowboard slopestyle)

Jocelyn Bartram (hockey)

William McIntosh (cricket)

James Willett (clay target shooting)

Nathan Rodgers (triathlon)

Jordan Boys (kart racing)

Zach Murray (golf)

Nick Dempsey (water polo)

Ben Hooppell (hockey)

Last year’s award was taken out by Wodonga-born Paralympian sprinter Jodi Elkington, who competed at the London Paralympics in 2012.

Former Albury softballer Peta Edebone, an Olympic silver and bronze medallist, will be a special guest on the awards night.

Mr McDonald said it was important to bring the region’s high achieving athletes back for the ceremony.

“We always try to obtain a good guest speaker to inspire the young achievers and make them strive for a little more,” he said.

The award is based on performances during the past 12 months.

“We’ll go through each of the finalists’ resumes bit by bit,” McDonald said.

The awards presentation will take place in the Commercial Club auditorium on Friday, March 21.