Elena Mulham and Melanie Kirby win top gongs at Riverina Blues Awards in Wagga

TOP TALENT: Deniliquin's Elena Mulham is presented the Bernie O’Connor Award by Brad Kahlefeldt and Corowa's Debbie Filliponi in Wagga on Friday. Picture: Les Smith

TOP TALENT: Deniliquin's Elena Mulham is presented the Bernie O’Connor Award by Brad Kahlefeldt and Corowa's Debbie Filliponi in Wagga on Friday. Picture: Les Smith

Talented Deniliquin athlete Elena Mulham and Albury young gun Melanie Kirby were recognised for outstanding years at the Riverina Blues Awards on Friday.

Wagga’s own Olympic triathlete Brad Kahlefeldt was the special guest as Riverina’s finest young athletes were recognised for the sporting feats through the year.

Kirby, from Albury’s Murray High School, was awarded the prestigious Lorraine Wright Award for her efforts at basketball.

Deniliquin North Public School’s Mulham took out the primary equivalent, the Bernie O’Connor Award for her efforts in athletics.

Kahlefeldt was impressed by so much Riverina talent.

“It was great to see so many of the up and comers that have represented NSW this year,” Kahlefeldt said.

“It’s great to see so many young athletes from the country representing NSW and no doubt aspiring to represent Australia in the future.

“As I said to them, it’s certainly not a disadvantage being from the country.”