Australia Day – good sports honoured

A YOUNG footballer and three rowers have been named as the Derwent Valley’s sportspeople of the year. At Tynwald Park on Wednesday, Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans named New Norfolk student Matthew Byrne as the municipality’s Young Sportsperson of the Year.

Matthew has twice represented Tasmania in National School Futsal Championships, at Albury-Wodonga in 2009 and Queensland in 2010. In April he will be part of the Australian Vikings 15 Boys’ Futsal Team competing in the United Kingdom.

Matt has been playing futsal (indoor soccer) since 2009 and started playing regular soccer two years earlier.

New Norfolk Rowing Club captain Peter Nichols accepted the Sports Team of the Year Award on behalf of the club’s senior squad – Anthony Edwards, Kate Hornsey and Kerry Hore – who had all won silver medals at the 2010 World Rowing Championships in New Zealand.

Mr Nichols said all three rowers had had an outstanding 2010 season, including excellent results at numerous state regattas and at the Australian championships last March. All won gold medals at the national titles and Edwards was Tasmania’s most successful oarsman with four golds. In addition to their personal achievements, all three give freely of their time to assist younger rowers at the New Norfolk Rowing Club and are presently in training with a view to selection for the 2012 London Olympics.

Edwards is the state development officer for Rowing Tasmania. Hornsey and Hore were recently made life members of the New Norfolk Rowing Club. All three have competed at Olympic Games.

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