Inaugural gong for talented teen sportsman

TEENAGER Keiren Rodwell has been named Bombala’s inaugural Sportsperson of the Year at the town’s 2014 Australia Day celebrations on Saturday.

 Born and bred in Bombala, Keiren, 17, has proved himself to be an exceptionally talented sportsperson across many different sporting disciplines.

Keiren – who starts Year 12 at Bombala High School this week – has represented the Illawarra South East Region at the Combined High Schools state level in swimming and athletics every year since commencing high school and has been a finalist in javelin and discus.

Presenting the award, Bombala Mayor Bob Stewart said that with more than 650 state high schools and over 700,000 students in NSW, Keiren’s selection to be amongst an elite group of less than 20 students to compete in an event was a “remarkable achievement”.

An outstanding team player, Keiren has been a member of almost every representative school team sport and is also an active member of the Bombala swimming and basketball clubs, as well as playing mixed netball and touch football. 

Keiren was selected as a member of the Illawarra and South East senior Basketball team which won the NSW Schools’ Competition in 2012 and was placed third in 2013.  

He captained Bombala High School’s senior Volleyball team that won the NSW Western Division championship in 2013.

Accolades are nothing new for Keiren who was also awarded the Eurobodalla Sportsperson of the Year in 2012.

Outside Bombala High School, Keiren has an outstanding record as a competitive basketball player.  

He was part of the Moruya representative team that won both regional and state competitions in 2012 and 2013.  

Keiren was also selected to be a member of the NSW Country Under 18 Basketball team which won the Pacific Coast tournament in 2012 and came third in the Australian Junior Tournament.

On top of his school work and sporting commitments last year, Keiren undertook a fitness traineeship at Raw Energy in Bombala.    

Keiren hopes to study physiotherapy at the University of Wollongong next year.

Accepting the award, Keiren thanked his parents, school and trainers.

“Even though we’re a small community we can do a lot of great things,” Keiren said.

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