Australia Day sports stars in the Richmond Valley
CASINO Deidre Coe and Jack Denson were thrilled at being chosen for the Australia Day awards.
Coe was Richmond Valley's Sportsperson of the Year and Denson is Young Sportsperson of the Year.
Coe said the council had rung to say she was nominated and she later found out "one of the netball girls, Courtney Connell" had nominated her.
"I wasn't expecting to win," Coe said.
"Developing the kids in netball is the main work I do.
"I love taking young players through the ranks, that's what I love doing most."
Coe plans to keep doing "exactly what I'm doing".
Her 13-year-old daughter is coming through three ranks with support from her mother.
"She lives and breathes netball," Coe said.
Denson excels at many sports including cricket, but it is rugby union that he loves the most.
"There's always something to do," Denson said.
At Evans Head-Casino Surf Lifesaving Club, Denson made a speech and thanked his mother for driving him everywhere for sport.
Denson had a marvellous year in sport last year and being awarded Young Sportsperson of the Year was hardly surprising.
Denson said his mates at school didn't say anything.
"Because he didn't tell them," his mother said.
Denson was awarded rugby union's Best and Fairest player for the Under 12s.
Both Coe and Denson love their games and will keep on playing.