Hard work rewarded for Sportsperson of the Year
WINNING Toolooa State High School's Senior Sportsperson of the Year is the perfect way to wrap up an achievement-filled year for Sam Smith.
"I worked hard for it," he said after being presented with the award last Wednesday night.
The year 11 student's accomplishments make a long list and include being named Gladstone Athletics Age Champion, Gladstone Athletics Senior Club Champion, Toolooa's Under-16 Athletics Age Champion and representing Port Curtis in track and field, volleyball and touch football.
His passion is rugby league which he's played since under-sevens, and this year the right-centre has worked towards a professional career in the sport, securing a four-year contract to play under-20s with the NQ Cowboys.
This year he was named Valleys International Highest Point Scorer, Valleys Best Representative Player and Capras Best Back in the under-16 team.
Sam was invited to the Australian Institute of Sport academy, he toured with the Queensland Academy of Sport and played what he describes as his biggest game to date.
That game was the State of Origin curtain-raiser in Melbourne in which he scored a try - the icing on the cake to an "unreal experience".
Pre-season training for the under-18 Capras side started two weeks ago with the 16-year-old travelling to Rockhampton to train three times a week.
"I'm hoping to make the open schoolboys Queensland team next year," he said.
Sam wanted to thank his coaches and his parents Trish and Ian Smith for their help.
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