Two Burdekin sporting youths receive bursary

Two young Burdekin sportsmen were among 32 North Queenslanders to receive this year’s BHP Billiton Cannington Mine North Queensland Sport Development bursary.

North Queensland Sports Foundation Burdekin Shire Council representative Tony Vaccaro said Leonard “Tubby” Heron and Patrick Schreiber were each awarded with $750 and an embroidered jacket by the North Queensland Sports Foundation at a special ceremony held at the Council Chambers yesterday.

“The Burdekin region has been fortunate enough to have had a bursary winner every year since it began in 2004,” he said.

“This year we have two winners and they are great ambassadors for their respective sports.

“Tubby and Patrick are well deserving of the bursary which I’m sure will help them with their future sporting endeavours.”

Leonard “Tubby” Heron has excelled in his chosen sport of rugby union and was selected as an Australian Indigenous Team Representative in 2011.

Leonard joined the Burdekin Rugby Union Club in 2011 to play in the Townsville District Under 17 Competition. With little experience in the game, his hard work and dedication gained him a starting spot in the side which made it through to the Grand Final.  His sporting ability and hardworking ethic saw him chosen to join the NQ Indigenous Under 17 Rugby team. Queensland selection then followed after playing a tournament in Brisbane in June.  He was later selected in the Under 17 Australian Indigenous Side to tour New Zealand in October during the Rugby World Cup.

On his return from his representative duties, Leonard has shared his experiences with team mates and continues to promote the game of Rugby Union.

This sports bursary will assist Leonard in attending development programs affiliated with Rugby Union and/or the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team and to possibly become a cultural advisor for indigenous youth in Queensland to be proud of their achievements and heritage.

Patrick Schreiber has excelled in basketball having been selected in both the Qld North Squad and the McDonald’s Crocodiles Sharp Start Junior Squad.  He was a Queensland North Under 16 State Representative in Melbourne, a member of the final squad of 16 for the Queensland North Under 18 State Representative Side and was selected in the Under 15 Queensland North Development Team, representing Port Macquarie for the National Championships.  He was also awarded “Most Potential Junior Boy Basketballer” in both 2010 and 2011. Patrick is currently training with Town State High, Townsville Crocodiles and Canons ‘A’ Grade Mens.

This bursary will assist with travelling to Brisbane for State Championships and Australian Championships and also costs involved in attending Queensland Training squads in Cairns and Mackay.

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