Nine Athletes With a Disability (AWD) from Lake Macquarie were recognised at a presentation at Hunter Sports Centre on Saturday.
Each athlete, representing Macquarie Hunter Athletics Club, received a trophy and a gift voucher for their performance.
Coach Rachael Keyes commended the competitors for their dedication and perseverance.
“You are serious track and field competitors and trained for the whole season,” she said.
“You are an inspiration to all of us and we are very proud of you.”
The nine athletes were: Caleb Black, Nicholas Goodwin, Jamie Lewis-Hughes, Bryce Lloyd, Megan Nay, Elizabeth Purkiss, Caleb Smith, Jessica Thomas, Makenzie Wilson.
The trophies were presented by Ken Crawford and in his introduction, Ken said, “Rachael should be praised for her dedication to the athletes and her contribution to AWD over a very long time. She has certainly gone the extra mile with her commitment. Rachael has been running the AWD program on behalf of Macquarie Hunter Athletics Club every Saturday from September through to March for approximately 15 years.”
Pure Performance Warners Bay kindly donated the gift vouchers.
Ken went on to thank the business for its support.
“As a community, we are all in this together supporting each other,” he said.
“When we see these amazing athletes achieving so much, we must ask ourselves: are we up to the challenge? Do we do our best each day? AWD athletes inspire us to do better.”