IN THE GAME: Yaralla's Jamie Peterson is excited to see this year's junior sports stars.
IN THE GAME: Yaralla's Jamie Peterson is excited to see this year's junior sports stars. Mike Richards GLA280217STAR

Youngsters' chance to get recognised

YARALLA Sports Club marketing co-ordinator Jamie Peterson is excited about the prospect of unearthing another Gladstone sports star.

The Yaralla Junior Sports Star of the Year competition runs for 30 weeks and starts on April 1 and it gives talented sports youngsters the chance to get themselves out there.

Each week in Saturday's Observer there will be a profile piece about a boy or girl and their insight into their chosen sport.

"Each week we give them a $500 voucher and there will also be extra incentive with a meal voucher for the family,” Peterson said.

"The parents do a lot of behind the scenes work as well.”

The competition will enter its ninth year and Peterson said other than kids getting the accolades, there was another side what she described as a highlight.

"One of the main things that hit me was all the appreciation and thankyous from the families,” she said.

"It's just them knowing that the money will help them out.

"It's also a showcase of the talent that Gladstone has and it helps to get their names out there.”

Peterson knows all about what it takes to be a sportsperson because she played netball for Yaralla for 17 years.

"I stopped playing at 25 years because of work,” she said.

Eligible ages are between eight and 16 and Peterson said the nomination process is simple.

"Nominations are now open and can be done on the Yaralla Sport Club website,” Peterson said.

People can enter on the Yaralla Sports Club website or contact Peterson on 49798270.



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