Talented teenage high jumper Ben Wylie was last week named Yass Valley Sportsperson of the Year (open) after an outstanding 2011.
The former Junior Sportsperson of the Year added the major trophy to his list of achievements with some stellar performances during the year.
Wylie won the high jump at the NSW All Schools Championship and finished second at the Combined High Schools Carnival.
Going to the Australian under 18s Championships, Wylie finished a very credible sixth in a very strong field.
In between jumping, he also had time to be picked in the NSW under 16s Merit side for touch.
Local golfing legend Sam Porter picked up the Sportsperson of the Year (local) award after winning the Yass Golf Club Championship by an incredible 13 shots.
Porter also added the foursome and mixed championships during the year, as well as being runner up at the Binalong Open.
Young swimming sensation Connor Bush took home the Junior Sportsperson of the Year award, just edging out Brooke Garland (tennis) and Jarrad Porter (soccer) for the trophy.
Bush had an amazing 2011, winning the under 9s ACT 50 and 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly titles.
He brought home a bronze medal from the NSW PSSA State Championships in the 50m freestyle as well as qualifying for the final of the 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.
Chloe Riles was named Clubperson of the Year for her long time commitment to women’s basketball in this town. Riles was the president of the basketball association for five years, being the driving force behind the sports’ resurgence.
Apart from organising competitions all year round, she also was actively encouraging younger players to take up the game.
In a hard year for local sports teams, the Yass Magpies reserve grade side’s effort in making the grand final in the strong Canberra Raiders Cup saw them being named Team of the Year.
The Magpies finished second on the competition table and ultimately lost to the minor premiers, the Woden Rams 18-12 in the decider.