Heroes of junior sport recognised

Mike Hussey with Davis Blackwell. Pictures: Marie Nirme d417321
Mike Hussey with Davis Blackwell. Pictures: Marie Nirme d417321

Dawesville bodyboarder Davis Blackwell took out the inspirational achievement boys south category and Mandurah Netball Gold Coast Touring Team winning the team achievement award.

The Community Newspaper Group sponsored the awards, which were presented by HBF managing director Rob Bransby last week.

More than 140 youngsters aged between eight and 18 entered the awards.

The special guest was awards ambassador and former Test cricketer Mike Hussey.

Community News Editor-in-Chief Matt Zis said Blackwell was on a path to bodyboarding success, with dreams of becoming a professional bodyboarder on the Australian and world tours.

But it was not all about him.

‘When he isn’t training, managing his school work or working at his part-time job, Davis takes photos and video footage to promote bodyboarding,” Mr Zis said.

‘On the waves, his resume includes six State bodyboarding titles in six years, a national ranking of ninth and a national title win.

‘He is an active member of Mandurah Bodyboard Club, where he enjoys mentoring and supporting younger members.’

Mandurah Netball Gold Coast Touring Team won the team achievement award.

Twenty girls aged 13 to 16 made the trip to the Gold Coast for the 2013 World Sport Carnival, becoming Mandurah Netball Association’s first representatives at an international carnival.

Mr Zis said they won the Junior Bowl Netball Trophy and proved wonderful ambassadors.