Neale named Junior Sports Star
IPSWICH swimming sensation Leah Neale has added another award to her expanding trophy cabinet after being named Brothers Junior Sports Star of the year on November 5.
The award caps off a stellar year for the 16-year-old who collected a swathe of medals including two gold and two silver medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games held on the Isle of Man.
Brothers Sport and Recreation Coordinator Sarah Cassin said Neale was a popular winner in a year where the calibre of athlete was at an all time high.
Neale had stiff competition for the award from 2009 and 2010 winner, Hancock Brothers hockey player Jordan Holzberger.
Neale received a $3000 sports bursary as part of her award.
As guest speaker for the evening, previous award winner and Australian hockey player Amy Korner told the young athletes about the level of dedication required to reach the elite level of sport.
Holzberger and Neale were also honoured for achieving both state and national representative status.
Other junior state representatives honoured included hockey players Kelly McNamara, Caleb McCoombes, Byron Davies, Kai Douglas, Jay Pavitt, Ryan Smith, Cade Banditt and Layla Eleison; Brothers Junior Rugby League players Jake Turpin, Harley Fox and Joseph Ofahengaue; and CYMS St Edmunds swimmers Courtney McKee and Sharni Kundie.
State level Hockey referees Benjamin McManus, McLean Eleison, Maddison Baker, Breenna Conway and Miranda McNamara were also recognised for outstanding achievement.