Former local politicians Terry Mackenroth, Chris Bombolas and former Broncos star Michael De Vere were amongst those in attendance for the 2014 Carina Leagues Club’s Rising Star Sports Awards on Tuesday evening.
The Belmont Bowls Club hosted the event, where 15 local sports stars and four dedicated volunteers from 11 local clubs in the Camp Hill Carina Welfare Association family were nominated.
The winners were Georgia Lane of Southern Districts Basketball (U13s category), Katrina Robinson of Thompson Estate & Eastern Suburbs Athletics (13-18 category), Kristy Wallace of Southern Districts Basketball (senior category) and Ron Eager of the Carina Junior Cricket Club (volunteer category). See end of article for full list of nominees.
Each winner received $1500 to go towards achieving their goals as a reward for their dedication and hard work.
Georgia Lane has represented Southern Districts and Metropolitan East U12s, as well as captaining her Sheldon College team.
Medium- and long-distance runner Katrina Robinson of Thompson Estate & Eastern Suburbs Athletics has represented Queensland at national events several times, and recently became the Under 15 girls 3km national champion.
Basketballer Kristy Wallace has represented Australia at both Under 20s and World three-on-three championships. She has also accepted a place at a US college, joining NCAA Division 1 member Baylor University in Texas for 2015.
Winner of the volunteer category Ron Eager recently relinquished his position as Carina Cricket Club president after an astonishing 30 years in the role.
Mr Eager spoke about his time at the club.
“I’ve coached from Under 10s right through all the grade. I’m proud of the enjoyment the young kids get out of it,” Mr Eager said.
“The parents at the end of it come up and say ‘thank you very much’. I enjoy it.”
The event included a jovial interview between former member for Chatsworth and Channel Nine sports anchor Chris Bombolas and Carina Leagues Club Vice-President Wade Corr, with the former reliving some of his funniest moments in front of and away from the cameras.
However Mr Bombolas also had some gems of advice for young sportspeople amongst his anecdotes.
He recalled Thomas Edison’s famous quote “there is no substitute for hard work”, before adding in a stirring line of his own:
“A champion is a dreamer that refuses to give up.”
Carina Leagues Club’s Rising Star Sports Awards – nominees
Billy Randal (Clem Jones Centre Boxing Club)
Georgia Lane (Southern Districts Basketball)
Samantha Whitting (Carina Leagues Triathlon Club)
Lauren Folster (Clem Jones Swimming Club)
Samantha Firrell (Warriors Water Polo)
Elliot Vincent (Carina Junior Rugby League)
Kieran Mulcahy (Warriors Water Polo)
Esther Mauga (Mayfield Netball Club)
Tim Howard (Easts Tigers Hockey Club)
Bride Kennedy-Hopoate (Southern Districts Basketball)
Katrina Robinson (Thompson Estate & Eastern Suburbs Athletics)
Sam Trnka (Carina Redsox Baseball)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Easts Tigers Hockey Club)
Jack Dixon (Clem Jones Swimming Club)
Kristy Wallace (Southern Districts Basketball)
Fiona Lloyd (Southern Districts Basketball)
Ron Eager (Carina Junior Cricket Club)
Mary McKenna (Southern Districts Basketball)
Gail McIntosh (Mayfield Netball Club)
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