Two teenage sport stars receive encouragement bursary

Burdekin Shire Council has presented two Ayr teenagers with North Queensland Sports Foundation Wingate Properties Sports Encouragement Bursaries.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin congratulated 15-year-old golfer Tara Jenkins and 15-year-old soccer player Elli Chapple on receiving their $750 bursary, medal and jacket.

Miss Jenkins, from Ayr High School, excels in golf and has represented North Queensland and Queensland. She moved to the Burdekin from Collinsville about three years ago and is a regular player at her hero Karrie Webb’s home golf course in Ayr. During this time she has represented North Queensland and Queensland and competed individually in national competitions. This year Miss Jenkins was invited by Golf Australia to attend the RACV Ladies Masters at the Gold Coast.

Miss Chapple, from Burdekin Catholic High School, began playing soccer in the Burdekin before being selected to play with the Northern Fury at age 12. During her time with the Northern Fury she has been selected in the under 13, 14, 15 National Premier League teams. She also has been selected in Queensland schoolgirls’ soccer team. Last year she travelled to Japan with the U15 Queensland Schoolgirls side. Miss Chapple also plays Futsal and was selected in the Australian team this year.

Cr McLaughlin and Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro represent Burdekin Shire on the board of the North Queensland Sports Foundation.

The Mayor said the Wingate Properties North Queensland Sports Encouragement Bursary was distributed throughout North Queensland to junior sportsmen and women.

“Each year up to 30 bursaries are awarded to promising young sporting talent,” she said.

“It’s great to see such passionate young sports people getting help to reach their dreams.

“I congratulate them both and wish them the very best in their pursuit of their sporting goals.”

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