Special achiever

AS Australians we pride ourselves on our country’s sporting success, from netball to cricket to athletics events, if ‘team Australia’ is winning we will be there.

Whether it be at the community, state or national level, we will stand cheering on the sidelines and or be glued in front of the box as if to absorb the success of others by osmosis.

Yet, often, in this celebration of sporting prowess, the academic achievements of some of Australia’s youngest sportspeople can be overlooked.

It was for this reason that School Sports Victoria created an Academic and Sporting Achievement Medal, available to all its member schools annually, since its creation in 2011, to recognise both the academic and sporting achievements of one student per school per year.

Last Thursday, Maffra Primary School awarded the medal to grade six student Kieran Hennig who, according to school principal Chet Dervish, is a good and very conscientious student “who always does his best work and achieves at a high level academically as well as with his sporting areas”.

Kieran, who seems to excel at any sport he attempts, has represented Maffra Primary School at state level, competing in cross country running and athletics events in Melbourne five times.

´╗┐For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.