Deserving Cairns duo awarded district's top honours
AN aspiring cricketer and a sporting allrounder have been hailed as the Peninsula School District's athletes of the year.
Fifteen-year-old David Coulthard last year became the first Far North cricketer to make the Australian Schoolboys team since Jimmy Maher.
Coulthard spoke beautifully upon receiving his award, and said it was about continuing to improve his game before he finished Year 12.
"I've been playing club cricket with United in Cairns and that's been great, I've learnt a lot," he said.
"I will be doing my best at school until Year 12, then going where I can with my cricket."
Montanna McAvoy picked up the Peninsula School Sport primary school athlete of the year for her efforts in a range of sports.
An under-12 Queensland School Sport champion in cross country and 800m last year, there is no doubt the 11-year-old has the skills.
It's just that she has so many other options, too.
The Goondi State School product also made the Queensland soccer team, and was shadow for the Queensland touch team.
In her spare time out of school she plays vigoro. She's in the Queensland team for that, too.
"I'm pretty busy, and Mum is really good she does a lot of driving," McAvoy explained.
"I'm just enjoying doing everything I can at the moment, but I guess eventually I'll have to choose between sports."
She will attend a ceremony in Brisbane as a finalist in the Future State Greats awards later this month.
Coulthard and McAvoy represented about 45,000 Peninsula school students at a ceremony on Friday that served to announce Rydges Hotels and Resorts in Cairns and QT Port Douglas as sponsorship partners with Peninsula School Sport.
Regional school sport officer Garry Smith said their prizes would make it easier for the students to sell Art Union tickets to offset their travel expenses. This year Peninsula will host the state 18-and-under touch and rugby championships, along with the 12-and-under basketball and soccer, and 14-and-under cricket titles.
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Young talents: Allrounder Montanna McAvoy won the Peninsula School District's primary athlete of the year award while cricketer David Coulthard topped the secondary category.