Samantha Hamill knows a thing or two about being a champion and now she is lending a hand to cultivate the Coast’s next generation of sporting stars.
The Commonwealth Games silver medallist will be one of the judges for the Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers Student Athlete Awards.
The Sunshine Coast Daily is teaming with Schultz Toomey O’Brien and Hot 91.1FM to highlight the exploits of some of the region’s youngest champions through the awards.
Each month our readers will be asked to nominate a young person or team making an outstanding achievement in the sporting field.
At the end of the month our panel of judges will make its selection with the winner receiving a profile in the pages of the Daily.
Hamill, who took silver in the 400m IM at the Delhi Games, said she was proud to be able to encourage the Coast’s budding champions.
“I never had anything like this when I was growing up,” she said.
“I was always looking up to people who were a couple of years older than me and people in the Olympics. That was all I wanted to do.
“I think it’s a great program and I’m happy to support it.”
Each monthly winner will receive $1000, as well as $1000 towards the school at which the winning student or team attends.
The school will also have the privilege of having Hot 91.1’s Breakfast Team host a live broadcast from its grounds.
There will be nine monthly winners over the course of the year with an overall winner and people’s choice winner – selected by the Daily readers – announced at the conclusion.
One team which could find itself taking out an award is the Mountain Creek Primary School Open futsal team which won last year’s Sunshine Coast titles and featured a number of Queensland junior representatives.
Schultz Toomey O’Brien managing partner Travis Schultz said he was thrilled to be involved in the scheme.
“I thought it was about time we did something for the kids,” he said.
“There have been so many great athletes come from the Sunshine Coast, but traditionally it has been the high profile ones get all of the kudos. This is a way of promoting the depth of talent that we have.”
Sunshine Coast Newspapers Company general manager Paul Kent said the Daily was a part of the community and he was ecstatic to highlight the achievements of its youngsters.
“We’re incredibly proud to support this and the kids of the Coast,” he said. “The Daily is a part of the community and it’s really important for us to get behind the kids playing sport on the Coast.
“It’s a great opportunity for us and a great chance for us to partner with Schultz Toomey O’Brien.”