Young athletes score coveted nods

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Aleesha Narkle receiving Pierre De Coubourtin Award last year.
Camera IconAleesha Narkle receiving Pierre De Coubourtin Award last year. Credit: Young Achiever Awards

The region’s most talented youths have been nominated for the 2019 Seven News Young Achiever Awards for all their incredible work over the years.

Aleesha Narkle, 18, of Bayonet Head, has been nominated for the Surge Fitness sports award for her achievements and ongoing dedication in local sport.

Narkle has been heavily involved with basketball and netball in Albany.

She is now coaching two basketball teams and working as an assistant coach for the Aussie Hoops program.

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Meanwhile, Kirsten Beidatsch, 28, of Mt Barker, has been nominated for the Masonic Care WA/Freemasons WA community service and volunteering award for all her hard work volunteering over the years.

Ms Beidatsch has been volunteering with the State Emergency Service since she was 18 years old and has since taken on the role of local manager.

She is also heavily involved in the running of the Mt Barker Community Garden project and has run a native plant propagation workshop for the community.

The last nomination goes to Robert Smith, 18, of Narrikup, who is in the frame for the WA Farmers and Rural Bank agriculture aw-ard.

Mr Smith has been heavily involved with the Albany Agricultural Society over the years and is now on the youth representative committee for the Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate Challenge.

He said at a very young age, he understood the importance of giving back to his comm-unity.

“I often contribute to my community and industry, not for payback but to give others the encouragement, opportunity and guidance as I received,” he said.

The final winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 27.

One of the category winners will be chosen as the WA young achiever of the year.

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