July 19, 2016

Hawkesbury archery star named Sports Person of the Year. Winning the accolade of Sports Person of the Year has been “humbling” for archery star Sarah Jordan.

“It’s still surreal, and to be honest I’m in total shock,” she says.

“However it really has just been 15 minutes of fame – as soon as we got home after the awards ceremony it was back to normal and the kids were yelling, ‘Muuuum, I’m hungry’,” she smiles.

Sarah received the award at the 2016 Hawkesbury Sports Awards held at Windsor RSL.

This annual event acknowledges sporting accomplishments of community members as well as the contributions of individuals to sporting clubs through support roles.

Sarah says she discovered archery more than two years ago as a way of finding time for herself.

“I was in a pretty low point in my life and I wanted to do something for me,” she says.

“I liked that archery was very self-focused and that what you do right or wrong is only up to you – well, and the wind.

“I found it to be a kind of mediation for me and a way to focus.”

Sarah says her first title was the NSW State Clout Championships over a long distance of 165m.

“After that I entered a few local competitions and didn’t do too badly,” she says. “I also qualified for my first overseas competition, the 2016 World Indoor Championships in Ankara, Turkey in February and came 17th.”

Windsor resident Sarah has also recently competed in the 2016 World Oceania Championships in Tonga where she received a silver medal and two bronze medals.

“My mum nominated me for the award; like any mum she’s just really proud of what I’ve achieved,” Sarah says.

The judges said Sarah is an “extremely talented individual that has demonstrated a high level of ability in mastering archery in a short time frame and has achieved outstanding results on a regional, national and international level.”

“It was humbling to win, there are so many great people in Hawkesbury,” she says.

“It was wonderful that my instructor Clarence Rodrigues won Coach of the Year for his work with Destiny Martial Arts Australia,” she says.

Junior Sports Person of the Year went to Ashleigh Hill of Hawkesbury Martial Arts; Junior Encouragement Award was awarded to Frederick Peters, who participates in a range of sports, such as oztag, softball, baseball, tennis, cricket and rugby league.

All Abilities Sports Person of the Year was Sandy Freeman of Windsor Swim Club who won two gold medals in the Special Olympics in LA.

Team of the Year was the Kachan School of Tumbling and Performance National Tumbling Team; and Official of the Year went to Donna Keith of Swimwest Swimming Club in South Windsor. The Sporting Excellence Medallion was awarded to Aaron Donaldson.

Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford, says the Hawkesbury community should be proud it is home to sportsmen and women of this calibre.

“Sport is such an integral part of life in the Hawkesbury and I am honoured to present these awards to the extremely deserving participants,” Councillor Ford says.

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