Holden Wins Young Sportsperson of the Year Award

first_imgAfter taking up Touch Football only three years ago, Holden spent two years playing socially before joining La Trobe Touch in 2011. This year has seen the 18-year-old represent Victoria at the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships as well as being part of the Victorian Women’s Open team that competed at this month’s New South Wales State Cup in Port Macquarie. Holden said she was honoured to receive the award, which was presented to her by Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Honourable Hugh Delahunty. “Recently the President of La Trobe Touch, Charles Willacy, nominated me for Young Sportsperson of the Year. It was a Victorian Government Department of Sport and Recreation grant for $3000, and the runners up got $1000,” Holden said. “The other awards included Local Heroes, Sporting Team of the Year and Grassroots Awards.”2011 has been a big learning experience for Holden, who first represented Victoria at this year’s National Youth Championships. Holden says that while results didn’t go their way, it was a great opportunity. “We just wanted to learn as much as we could in the space of time that we had and we did. By the end of the tournament we had grown as players and a as team and we felt so much better than we did at the start of the tournament, so that’s what we got out of it.”From there Holden tried out for and was selected in the Victorian Women’s Open team to take part in the New South Wales State Cup, something that she says was very beneficial for her development as well as that of the team. “It was a really intense weekend, lots of games and lots of information to take in but it’s been really good, I feel like I have improved and it makes me so motivated for the National Touch League. Getting an idea of the pace and the speed of it and the talent up here, it makes me so motivated to go back to Victoria and step it up.”“I’m always in awe of some of the players in the other teams…just the speed and the skill level, it’s just amazing. It just makes me so motivated and inspired.”The Victorian team impressed at the State Cup, reaching the quarter finals of the Women’s Open division, giving the team plenty of belief for the future. “We’ve shown that we can actually bring it to these teams and we’re not here to make up the numbers, we are here to compete. It’s disappointing getting into the quarter final and not being able to progress but we are all really hungry to come back and go further.”The side was captained and coached by 2011 Alliance Women’s Open captain, Leah Percy, who is someone Holden looks up to and hopes to emulate in the future. “Leah is probably the most inspiring athlete that I’ve ever had the privilege of being around. She’s so encouraging and positive all the time and she’s been amazing, I’m so grateful to be under her this year,” Holden said.  “A lot of people say to me ‘you’re so lucky to be around Leah when you are so young’ because they’ve gone through coaches and are sort of 21 or 22 by the time they’ve been around a coach like that so I’m just grateful to have her around, she’s been great.”last_img