The Northern Star Southern Cross Ten Junior Sports Star of the Year is triathlete Fred Sleeth, from Barkers Vale (fourth from l
The Northern Star Southern Cross Ten Junior Sports Star of the Year is triathlete Fred Sleeth, from Barkers Vale (fourth from l

Triathlete dedicated to achieving winning burst



LENNOX HEAD triathlete Pip Taylor has seen it all during her time as a professional.

She has swum in rivers infested with the bodies of dead animals in Hungary, not to mention getting concussion while trying to swim under a cement bridge in Hamburg, Germany.

But the 25-year-old would not trade being an elite athlete for anything and that's what she told junior athletes, parents and coaches at the inaugural Northern Star Southern Cross Ten Junior Sports Star of the Year Award luncheon at the Goonellabah RSL Sports Club yesterday.

Barkers Vale AFL player Fred Sleeth was the eventual winner, picking up $600 and a trophy, while monthly winners received a trophy and $100.

As part of her talk, Taylor explained the commitment needed to become a professional athlete, while also reminding the junior athletes to have fun.

The Lennox Head triathlete trains seven hours a day and was only taking a short break from a special NSW Institute of Sport camp at Lennox Head.

Northern Star editor Russell Eldridge is keen to see the junior sports star of the year award continue in 2006.



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