Award for young coach

That’s my girl: Doug Hancy Award winner Julia Armenti with her mother and coach Esther. Picture: Marcus Whisson d418225
That’s my girl: Doug Hancy Award winner Julia Armenti with her mother and coach Esther. Picture: Marcus Whisson d418225

The 15-year-old from Dianella was presented the Doug Hancy Award at the recent event for demonstrating sportsmanship, courage, effort, honesty, friendliness and willingness to help.

Inglewood Little Athletes Club president Nikki Lopez nominated Armenti for the award after she broke 39 personal bests and in recognition for her work as a coach, training under-six athletes.

‘She is an asset to our athletics community and she is admired and well liked by her peers and parents,’ she said.

Armenti’s mother Esther said she was proud of her daughter’s achievements.

‘I think for me, as a parent and coach, the important thing is to see Julia and others involved in the program enjoying it,’ she said.

Armenti’s interest in athletes follows on from Esther’s achievements as a sprinter, including representing Australia in the 100m relay team at the 1993 World Championships in Japan. She was also a finalist in the Ian Diffen Sports Star Award in 1990-1991.

‘Sport runs in our blood,’ Esther said.