And they’re helping to give our district a glowing reputation in the WA sporting community.
The Community Newspaper Group’s HBF Junior Sports Heroes awards wrapped up recently with Australian cricket champion Mike Hussey, the awards ambassador, among more than 140 people who celebrated the winners.
Three local juniors were honoured.
Wheelchair rugby slugger, video blogger and all-round spirited teenager Robyn Lambird-Walton took out the Inspirational Achievements category for girls north of the river.
Despite the restrictions of cerebral palsy, the Tapping high schooler toughs it out as the only female in WA’s men’s wheelchair rugby side.
At 17, she’s an inspiration to others with her condition in her You Tube video blog A T Rex Life, where she vivaciously chats about living with cerebral palsy.
While Robyn was honoured for her exploits in the sporting arena, Pierce Rollo and Zane du Preez were acknowledged for their efforts off it.
Pierce was the winner of the Junior Volunteer’s Commitment Award for his work as the youngest committee member at Warwick Greenwood Junior Football Club.
The 18-year-old Greenwood resident has coached an Auskick side for the past two years, while playing a big part behind the scenes at the club.
He was honoured alongside Zane who was runner-up in the category.
The 10-year-old soccer fanatic is short sighted in one eye and long sighted in the other, which leaves him with no real depth perception.
Remarkably, he has overcome the condition to emerge as a talented goalkeeper at Quinns Football Club.
Further to his achievements, he helps his mum coach the Special Olympics Mullaloo Football Team for athletes with an intellectual disability.