CASINO High School student Tegan Hancock has such a passion for golf that she wakes up at 6am to watch it on television.
And after almost 10 years of playing competitively the 17-year-old was named Sports Person of the Year at the Richmond Valley Council Australia Day Awards on Thursday.
"It was a real surprise and I definitely didn't expect it," Hancock said.
"My gran bought me a 7-iron club and putter when I was seven and that's what got me into golf."
Hancock has played in the North Coast High School team for the past three years and was part of the team that won the state title in Dubbo last year.
She recently won the Casino Golf Club Ladies Championship for the second consecutive year and now plays off a handicap of 8, the lowest of the ladies in the Casino club.
Hancock has sacrificed time with her friends over the past decade playing at numerous events on the weekends at Coraki, Casino and Kyogle.
"My best friend stopped playing a couple of years ago and I thought about giving it up too," Hancock said.
"After a few months I was back into it and I still really enjoy it.
"There aren't many girls playing on the North Coast area any more and playing with a team in the state events has been a real highlight."
Meanwhile, rugby union player Vincent Quigley took out the Byron Shire Council Senior Sports Person of the Year Award.
After a serious knee injury in 2009 saw him miss a year of sport, Quigley has since gone on to NSW Country Rugby Union junior player-of-the-year honours and represented the Queensland Country rugby union team.
He has travelled to Fiji and South Africa with representative teams and has also won North Coast blues awards and represented Combined High Schools in cricket.
Quigley also coaches junior cricket and rugby union teams and was part of the Mullumbimby High School rugby league team that made it to thesemi-finals of the state-wide University Shield competition in 2011.