Hunter shines at Schools Blues ceremony

This year has been remarkable for the Hunter’s talented sportspeople in primary and secondarycompetitions.The achievements were recognised at a regional and state-wide level.At the recent NSW Combined High Schools Blues Ceremony 12 Hunter students were recognised with State Blues while Keenan Marsden, of Warners Bay, walked away with the major boy’s award – the Val Lembit Trophy while Kelcee Byrnes, of Lambton was presented with the Sydney Markets Award for theOutstanding Girl in Year 11 or below.

On the regional stage Kelcee was named as the Hunter Sportswoman of the Year with the boys’ award going to Merewether High’s Harry Johnson-Holmes.Harry also left the stage with the top award – The Merv Cotterill Memorial Trophy.Across the region, 38 individual primary students were presented with awards while at the secondarypresentation 70 students were honoured.On the sporting fields Hunter teams excelled particularly in NSW CHS competitions such asdiving, girls cricket, girls football, lawn bowls, rugby union, trampoline sports while the boys’ water polo team won their competition for the third successive year.In primary championships Hunter teams were runners up in girl’s football and netball.

A highlight for primary students was the selection of threeHunter boys in the 10-man NSW golf team that competed at the School Sport Australia Championships held at Newcastle Golf Club with Jacob Dundasfrom Barnsleynamed captain.The year also provided students with the opportunity to compete at the Pacific School Games inAdelaide.A highlight was Lara McSpadden from Swansea being name in the Australian girls’ basketball merit teamafter NSW won the title. Lara will next year move to the AIS.

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