A dedicated young Katherine athlete has been named the Zip Print Sport Award winner at the annual Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards.
The Honourable Vicki O'Halloran AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory, announced Jaimie Bryant as the winner and 11 other category winners.
Miss Bryant was nominated by Katherine Region School Sport Director Samantha Clarke, who said the 18-year-old was a great role model in the Katherine community.
"Jaimie is a well-rounded athlete who is always looking for opportunities to improve," Ms Clarke said. "Her commitment and passion to achieve the highest level possible in sport and everything she does is something to admire."
Between juggling school, work, and sporting commitments, Miss Bryant has managed to represent the Big Rivers region and Northern Territory in netball, soccer, and AFL and represent Australia in Netball.
"She has become a sporting role model amongst the community and is respected by fellow athletes around the NT," Ms Clarke said.
"The hard training sessions, tough games, extra sessions, gym work, and everything else that comes with achieving sporting goals don't go unnoticed."
Miss Bryant said she was stunned to win the award.
"Looking at some of the other names and achievements from other people, I wasn't expecting to even make it to the finals," she said.
"But it's a really big achievement, and I'm quite proud."
The sports enthusiast recently relocated to Brisbane to study physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University.
"At the moment, I am studying, but I am also playing in the AFL Queensland Women's League (QAFLW) for UQ Red Lions," Miss Bryant said.
"It's been really good for me sporting-wise; I'm learning so much and improving as a footballer. I am hoping to see how far this path will take me."
Ms Clarke said her former student has profoundly impacted the AFL community in Katherine and always strives to improve.
"The interests of Jaimie scale far and wide across a number of aspects," she said.
"She is a very committed and passionate young person who strives to reach the highest level in everything she does.
"As a young indigenous female living in Katherine, academic and high-level sporting opportunities don't always present themselves, so Jaimie has always worked that extra bit harder to find them.
"Entwined with her commitment to reaching the highest level possible, Jaimie was often seen supporting and assisting local sporting teams and competitions.
"This includes Thursday nights at netball, umpiring and supporting juniors, running water and timekeeping for her local football club, and umpiring various disciplines in the local AFL league in Katherine."
Hugh Dawson was selected from the twelve category winners to be named the Northern Territory Young Achiever of the Year Award overall winner for his work in developing the opportunities of the cattle industry for young people.
The twelve category winners are:
- Kyle Bambra, 19 of Arnhem Land - One Rail Australia Indigenous Achievement Award
- Ben Poveda-Alfonso, 28 of Alawa - Minister for Youth Excellence in Youth Leadership Award
- Marie Cunnington, 26 of Durack - Somerville Community Service Award
- Sharna Jane Kotz, 23 of Nightcliff - NT Government Small Business Achievement Award
- Jessica Puntoriero, 23 of Berry Springs - Santos Environment Award
- Jaimie Bryant, 17 of Katherine - Zip Print Sport Award
- Louise Crowe, 27 of Eaton - NT Government Young Aboriginal Educator Award
- Hugh Dawson, 22 of Elliott - Colemans Contracting & Earthmoving Agriculture Award
- Sinafoni Naufahu, 18 of Alice Springs - NT Government Young Carers Award
- Melanie Gunner, 22 of Gillen - Glencore McArthur River Mining Regional and Rural Initiative Award
- Emma Warren, 24 of Anula - Charles Darwin University Innovation Award
- Alexandra Craig, 27 of Gillen - McDonalds NT Career Achievement Award
Winners each received a magnificent trophy, $2,000 cash courtesy of founding partner and prize patron TIO.
The Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards were created in 1994, with the purpose of acknowledging, encouraging and most importantly promoting the positive achievements of young Territorians up to and including 29 years of age.
The awards are an opportunity to demonstrate their achievements and showcase the recipients as role models within the community.
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