Motocross rider Mackenzie Tricker awarded the 2010 Rouse Hill Times Junior Sports Star award, with rising soccer/futsal star Emily Kos named the Junior Achiever.
So what made the pair stand out from the dozens of entries received in 2010?
In June, Mackenzie Tricker suffered a season-ending injury. In October she was back on her bike to win a national title.
The McGraths Hill 15-year-old was honoured for her guts and determination as much as her achievement in front of 400-strong crowd at ANZ Stadium as each of the Cumberland-Courier Newspapers announced their Junior Sport Star winners.
On top of her medal, she also recieved a cheque for $1000.
The Australian Junior Long Track champion was competing in the second round of the NSW State Titles after winning the first round when she fell from her bike and seriously injured her knee.
An MRI three weeks later confirmed she would need a knee reconstruction.
“It was definitely the most painful think I have ever been through,” she said.
“I was pretty devastated, the doctor told me it would take six months to heal.”
After surprising her doctor, she hopped on her motorbike in October and won the Australian Junior Long Track Championship.
She said she owed her recovery to her friends and family that supported her but said the three months away from the sport had made her a better rider.
“I had three months to sit and think about all the mistakes I had made,” she said.
“At the end of it I just wanted to ride again so badly.
“If you get knocked down, you have to get back up again.”
Tricker is planning to ride in the United States either this year or next year to ride in the Lorrettas – the most prestigious amateur race in the world.
She hopes to use it as a springboard for a tilt at the World Championships.
Tricker pipped up-and-coming soccer stars Emily Kos and Dylan Collard as well as royal life saving champion Tiarna Jones for the award.
The awards were sponsored by Rebel Sport, Nash Patel’s The Good Guys and Hills Home Hub.
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Emily Kos’ status as a potential future Australian soccer star was recognised at the awards, taking out the Rouse Hill Times 2010 Junior Achiever Award.
The Kellyville Ridge 13-year-old has represented state and country in two sports.
Last year she competed for Australia in Vietnam in 10 under-13 friendlies against soccer powerhouses China, Japan and other Aisan teams, winning seven and drawing one.
She also captained the winning NSW Metro 1 team in Canberra at the National Junior Championships.
In futsal she was part of the undefeated NSW team at the under-12 girls FFA Futsal National Championships in January.
Kos has her eyes set on a future with the Matildas and is in her second stint training with Football Australia’s Project 22.
She was also invited to try out for the Australia team to tour Norway and Sweden later this year and is currently awaiting the team announcement.