SPORT STARS: Junior Sports Star September 2017 winner Nikki Burraston (back, right) with (from left) brother Josh, mother Karen, brother Tim and father Greg Burraston at the 2018 Junior Sports Star of the Year awards.
SPORT STARS: Junior Sports Star September 2017 winner Nikki Burraston (back, right) with (from left) brother Josh, mother Karen, brother Tim and father Greg Burraston at the 2018 Junior Sports Star of the Year awards. Elyse Wurm

GALLERY: Young sport stars shine at awards night

THE future of Southern Downs sport is in good hands with twelve examples of top sporting talent celebrated at the Junior Sports Star Awards last night.

Family and friends gathered to support the young athletes, who hailed from a range of sporting backgrounds including swimming, boxing and rodeo.

Held at the Hawker Road Function Centre, the annual event drew a crowd of 160 who watched on as each winner was interviewed and presented with a trophy.

 

 

 

Olympic hockey silver medallist Lee Bodimeade was the guest speaker on the evening, sharing stories about his time on the field as both a player and coach.

Taking out the top title of Junior Sports Star of the Year was national gold medal-winning rower Ella Hudson, who was unable to attend the ceremony.

Champion cricketer Lucy Bourke was awarded the Doc Bodimeade Memorial Encouragement Award.

The evening also recognised hard working volunteers, with Kerri Fitch named Volunteer of the Year for her work with Warwick volleyball, hockey and little athletics.



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