Woopi stars come in threes
SPORTING stars coming out of Woolgoolga High is nothing uncommon and if the latest list of North Coast Academy of Sport awards suggests anything, the tradition looks set to continue.
The school that at one stage last year boast three world champions among its ranks of former students has once again been recognised for its sporting prowess.
The NCAS issued its annual awards recently and the Woolgoolga High trio of Nicole Gusman, Jake Bohannon and Jordan Gusman were all on the list of recipients.
Nicole Gusman was awarded the highest honour that the academy bestows.
The 15-year-old’s North Coast Blue award was in recognition of her winning the multi-discipline pentathlon in the 18-years section at the state championships held earlier in the year.
“I kind of knew that I was going to win the award because you have to win an open event to get it,” Nicole said.
Currently in training for a heptathlon in January, the talented all-round athlete is hoping to qualify for the Pacific School Games which are being held in New Caledonia next December.
The Gusman parents might need to talk to their bank manager in the near future.
While Nicole is dreaming of New Caledonia, older brother Jordan is working towards qualifying for the World Youth Games which are being held in France.
Jordan received a Sports Recognition award for an outstanding athletics season where he shone in the middle-distance events.
The 16-year-old has done the majority of racing against older athletes.
That didn’t stop him from winning a silver medal in the 1500 metres and a bronze in the 800 at this year’s All Schools finals.
In 2011 Jordan is looking forward to being able to compete against athletes his own age.
Jake Bohannon also received a Sports Recognition award from the NCAS in honour of his tremendous work on the squash courts this year.
The 15-year-old was part of the NSW schools team as well as the state team this year that travelled to Alice Springs to compete in the national championships.
Playing three times a week is paying off for the talented player but he feels there’s still plenty of room for improvement in the upcoming months.
“I need to work on my backhand volleys,” he admitted. “I’ll try and get my racquet up early when I’m working with my coaches.”