Barty aces junior sports award
IPSWICH'S Ashleigh Barty has taken out the Queensland Junior Sports Star of the Year award.
Barty was awarded the honour at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday evening, with fellow female tennis star Samantha Stosur taking out the Queensland Sports Star of the Year award.
Typical of Barty, she was too busy to answer calls yesterday, instead flying back to Melbourne and resuming training for her crack at the Australian Open girls crown in January.
Springfield 15-year-old Barty claimed the award ahead of a field of high quality rivals that included young athlete Rachael Dodds, cyclist Taylah Jennings, golfers Jessica Park and golfer Cameron Smith and boxer Clay Waterman.
Yet Barty was the standout in the field, having taken out the Wimbledon girls title this year and reaching the semi-finals at the US Open girls division.
Following the US Open, Barty led the Australian junior Fed Cup team to victory in Mexico.
It has been a remarkable rise for the talented sports star, particularly considering she is still much younger than most of her junior opponents.
With her success has come new-found fame and greater demands on her time.
It is something Barty is getting used to and she is prepared for even more when she gets a crack at the Australian Open girls title as the number three world ranked junior player in girls tennis.
Despite her rapid rise, Barty's ambitions remain predominantly in junior tournaments for now.
While she will aim for exposure against the seniors when suitable opportunities arise, she is already wise enough to know her limitations.
"That's still a couple more years away," Barty told the QT earlier this year.
"I'm still too young for that.
"I've got to get a lot more experience before I even try to play against those girls."
To escape the pressures of the court, Barty takes the opportunity to go fishing as often as her busy schedule allows it.
The only place she would rather be than centre court, perhaps, is dangling a line from the beach at Stradbroke Island.