Team effort rewarded at Casino
By RACHEL SCOLLAY
JODIE HAMILTON usually spends Australia Day on the job trying to keep the road toll down.
However, this year, the Highway Patrol sergeant got to relax while being named Richmond Valley's Sports Star of the Year.
Last year the 41-year-old vice-captained the Australian Women's Over-40 Hockey Team when it scored a gold medal against the Kiwis in the Trans Tasman Cup.
"I never knew what a great day Australia Day is," Jodie said.
"What a wonderful celebration of being Australian and being part of the community. For me, it's usually a grind. I'm out there trying to keep the roads safe."
Ellangowan's Stan Attenborough was named Richmond Valley Citizen of the Year for his fundraising efforts on behalf of his local hall.
In less than five years Stan has raised $50,000 through grant applications.
He said perseverance and finding the right words for application forms had a lot to do with his success, but he also credited the support and encouragement of his wife, Maureen.
Since Stan has been working his Midas touch, the hall has been transformed from having outside thunder box toilets to indoor ones on a septic system with disabled access. The hall also has a new roof and kitchen.
The 69-year-old said the biggest thrill was being nominated by his peers from the hall committee. "That's being a winner," he said.
The Casino Relay For Life took out the Community Event of the Year award after raising over $40,000 for cancer research.
Grace Amey won the Junior Sports Person of the Year for her achievements in basketball, shotput and netball; Jodie Hamilton was Senior Sportsperson of the Year; and the Casino High Under-14s Rugby League team was named Sporting Team of the Year.