Thredbo skier rewarded

ONE of the region's talented skiers has been acknowledged at a Parliamentary Reception for Regional Academy athletes from across New South Wales.

Thredbo cross country skier Hamish Roberts, 17, from the South East Regional Academy of Sport (SERAS) joined other high achieving young athletes who were recognised for their outstanding sporting performances during a ceremony at Parliament House in Sydney recently.

"Hamish has a long list of achievements to his name including being part of the Australian Junior (U20) Cross Country Ski Team; the Australian Cross Country Skiing National (Senior) Squad; qualifying for the Nordic Junior World Ski Championships three years in a row and being named SERAS Athlete of the year in 2010," said Monaro MP John Barilaro.

"Hamish has been outstanding in his performances in the sport to date and is deserving of the recognition afforded to him today."

Talented sprinter, Stephanie Pollard from Queanbeyan who could not attend the event was also recognised.

"Stephanie's achievements include competing at the Australian Youth Championships, the Pacific School Games, the National All Schools Athletic Championships and the NSW Country Championships where she excelled in the 100m and 200m races, hurdles and high jump events," said Mr Barilaro.

"The Monaro region is famous for a producing a number of world class athletes and I'm proud to see the next generation following in their footsteps."

The reception, hosted by the Speaker of the House, Shelley Hancock MP, is an annual event recognising Academy athletes and the role Academies play in athlete development.

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