Honours for gymnasts Alex & Anna and Touch Football ace Jordan
NATIONAL Acrobatic Gymnastics champions Alexandra McWhirter and Anna Trin-Din and NSW touch football whiz Jordan Kelly are the final monthly winners in the 2019-2020 TWT Club Six/Ryde Sports Foundation Sports Star of the Year Award.
Gladesville RSL Gymnastics sensations McWhiter and Trin-Din will represent Australia in the Acrobatics World Age Group championships in Geneva during May while the skilful Kelly has stamped her mark with the NSW Scorpions female representative touch football team.
The trio will receive $1000 awards for their outstanding achievements and be recognised at this year’s Ryde Sports Foundation 40th Anniversary Gala Sports Star of the Year Dinner to be held at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club at a date to be confirmed.
Alex and Anna were previously partnered with another gymnast in a trio.
But since partnering up back in 2018 the dynamic duo have proved incredibly successful – with the pair winning all competitions entered in Australia last year including the NSW Senior State Championships plus the Australian Gymnastics Championships when they qualified for the National Squad.
Alexandra – who has been a member of Gladesville RSL Gymnastics Club for nine years and Anna (four years) – also competed at the Flanders International Acro Cup in Brussels, Belgium in April 2019 and qualified for the finals in their division in a very competitive field – finishing fifth at their first international competition.
Following another outstanding performance at the selection trials in Melbourne during February, the pair have been selected in the Australian team that will compete at the Acrobatics World Age Group competition to be held in Geneva in May.
JORDAN KELLY of North Ryde has the touch football world at her feet at the age of 17. The Ryde Eastwood Hawks junior product is fast developing into one of the brightest link/wing prospects on the women’s representative scene.
A NSW Scorpions squad member last season, the talented Kelly turned in smart performances for both the Ryde Eastwood and Balmain Tigers at both Junior and Senior State Cup level.
Since taking up the game as a spring heeled 8 year old, Jordan has proved a mainstay for the Hawks – representing the Association in ten consecutive Junior State Cup Carnivals.
Identified as a link player with enormous potential by Hawks stalwart and top Australian coach Barry Gibson, young Jordan received a huge thrill when named Ryde Eastwood’s Female Club Captain in 2020.
Gibson believes she has the leadership qualities to inspire team mates and the ability to go a long way.
“Jordan is one of the best young prospects to emerge from our junior ranks and a wonderful ambassador for our Association,” says Ryde Eastwood Hawks Touch Football president Andrew Goggin.
“She is a loyal player who has given the Hawks tremendous service and is a true leader both on and off the field,” he said.
“All our juniors look up to her and she has shown a maturity that far belies her years.”
For the past two seasons Jordan has gained valuable experience competing in the Vawdon Cup Open Age competition against older opponents as well as the Senior State Cup.
“It has really helped my game and boosted my confidence, lining up against the best female touch footballers in the State where you learn so much,” revealed Jordan.
While a student at Marist Sisters Woolwich, Jordan represented NSW Combined Catholic Colleges before forcing her way into the NSW Scorpions squad.
Currently studying for a Bachelor of Business in Sports Management degree at university, Jordan dreams of donning the green and gold colours of Australia one day at a Touch Football World Cup.
She hails from good sporting stock – her father David was a talented Balmain junior representative rugby league and touch footballer before carving out a fine administrative career with the Tigers Football Club, Sydney Cricket Club and now NRL while her mother Melinda is the niece of former Balmain centre and Parramatta, NSW and Kangaroos forward John Muggleton.