Mayor Rod Marti recognised the recipients of the Tablelands Regional Council 2022 Sports Bursary at a ceremony today in Atherton.
‘We offer two bursaries to year 11 or 12 students in our region who are competing at state, national and/or international level, and are using their experiences to support the development of sport in the local community.
‘The two $650 bursaries are to assist with the costs of competing and developing their sporting skills.
‘It was an honour to congratulate Amy Hunter and Emily Mills on their successes, and to present them with their bursaries.
‘Amy is passionate about cricket and has played most of her junior cricket in the boys’ league.
‘She volunteered at Cricket Colour Blasts, which is a fun day to encourage girls to play cricket, and has been asked to be a Queensland Cricket Ambassador for girls’ cricket this 2022 season.
‘Amy intends to continue playing in the Queensland Premier League Cricket First Grade Ladies competition in Brisbane and is working towards selection for the Queensland Cricket U19 female side, while retaining her place in the Queensland School Sports 16–19 years Queensland side,’ said Mayor Marti.
Tony Potts, the Atherton Cricket Club President, commends Amy’s achievements to date.
‘Amy is a great athlete who is certainly bound for bigger and brighter things, with potential to play cricket for Australia one day.
‘She supports her local club through volunteering in the canteen, at events and coaching other members,’ Mr Potts said.
Mayor Marti was also impressed with Emily’s gymnastic achievements and dedication to the sport.
‘Emily is the first gymnast at Team Momentum to achieve state representation and the highest national level in gymnastics.
‘She judges at local and state gymnastic events, coaches younger gymnasts, and assists in the development and promotion of gymnastics in our region.
‘Emily plans to make the Queensland team for Nationals in 2023, with the hope of being selected in the representative team for the New Zealand/Australian competition,’ said Mayor Marti.
Dianne Stephens, Team Momentum’s head coach, values Emily’s contribution to the club and her sport and believes Emily is the most committed and disciplined athlete she knows in our area.
‘Emily trains for 16hrs each week, shares her skills and experience through coaching and judging, and is a very high achiever in her sport including finalist at the recent State Gymnastics Championships and selection to the Queensland State Squad Team,’ Ms Stephens said.