Meet our Singleton Sports Star of Year junior nominees

THE shire boasts many talented youngsters and a number of them will be vying for the Singleton Sports Star of Year junior title at Singleton Diggers on Friday night.
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JUNIOR NOMINEE: Singleton superfish Darcy Gilson.

The nominees include:

Taylah Knight –

THE gifted cricketer has one busy schedule – taking the field for JPC’s under-16s in Singleton on Friday, the Flamingos under-16s in Maitland on Saturday, and St George-Sutherland in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition on Sunday. She represented the NSW Country under-15s at the State Challenge Cup, and was selected for the ACT/NSW under-15s, which competed at the National Carnival. ACT/NSW won the tournament for the first time. After being chosen in the Australian Team of the Tournament, Taylah gained a berth in a squad of 21 under-15 females from across the nation to attend the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. She also booked a spot in the Australian under-15 women’s side.

Luke Rees –

THE Singleton Rugby Club star was selected to play for Central North in the NSW Under-18 Country Championships. At the end of the competition, he was picked to tour South Africa with the NSW Country under-18 squad. Luke was named players’ player of the tour. The side only lost one game of the four they played – against Blue Bulls of Pretoria, the Lonus Youth Squad of Johannesburg, Paarl Boys High School and Kasselsvlet. On Luke’s return, he was named in the NSW Country under-18 sevens squad to play at Wagga Wagga. What makes his effort most remarkable is the fact he has only played 14 games of union since switching from rugby league.

Ryan Smith –

THE dirt track racer enjoyed a brilliant 2015 but his major achievement was securing the Australian Dirt Track Championship 85cc crown for 9-11 years at Kempsey for the second time. Ryan also tasted success at the Casey Stoner Cup in both 9-13 years 65cc and 9-11 years 85cc classes at Kurri, and the Central Coast Cup in the 9-11 years 85cc section. On top of that, he placed second at the Central Coast Cup (9-13 years 65cc), NSW Long Track Championships (9-13 years 65cc and 9-11 years 85cc) and Australian Long Track Championships (9-13 years 65cc and 9-11 years 85cc). Ryan was also invited to race in the Troy Bayliss Classic at Taree in early January.

Darcy Gilson –

THE Singleton superfish was selected to represent Australia at the 4th INAS Global Games in Ecuador, being the youngest member of the national team. Competing against men who were more than double his age, Darcy finished eighth in the 200m backstroke, 10th in the 200m breaststroke, 12th in the 50m backstroke, 14th in the 50m breaststroke and fourth in the 200m medley relay. In 2015, he also broke two Australian and five NSW records. At the Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships, he returned home with one silver medal and three bronze. That was on top of five golds at the NSW State Multi-Class Championships and three golds and one silver at both the short and long course Coast and Valley Championships.

Tom Baker –

THE rugby league prodigy was a member of the Newcastle Knights Chargers, playing trials against Western Academy Mudgee, Greater Western Academy Mudgee, Wests Tigers Charlestown, Greater Northern Academy, CRL Northern Academy and the Cronulla Sharks. Tom then signed a three-year contract with the Knights’ High Performance Unit. In the representative arena, he led Group 21 to glory at the NSW Country Championships in Port Macquarie. On the local scene, he captained the Singleton Junior Rugby League Football Club’s under-15 2 side, which captured the 2015 grand final. For his effort, Tom was awarded the Best and Fairest trophy.

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