PRD’s Luke Anderson and Jessica Dixon congratulate Bec Young on her nomination for the Maitland Sportsperson of the Year Award. Girl power came to the fore in June with Bec Young and Emily Coppins getting the nod as the June nominees for the 2012 Maitland Sportsperson of the Year awards.
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Young, the inaugural captain of the Maitland Pickers women’s team, earned state selection again and was best on the ground in the Blues’ loss to Queensland.

Young has represented Australia previously in rugby league and is almost certain to win selection again. Her efforts have been recognised with a nomination in the senior category of the Maitland Sportsperson of the Year award.

Coppins, 17, thrust her name on to the national and international stage winning selection in the Australian 4x400m relay team for the world youth championships being held in Barcelona this month.

Coppins ran a personal best time at the Australian junior championships to win her place on the relay team. Her efforts were rewarded with a second nomination for the Junior Maitland Sportsperson of the Year awards.

The monthly nominees receive $50 from the awards major sponsor PRD nationwide and will be in the running to win the overall senior and junior titles.

Past winners of the prestigious award include Commonwealth Games swimmer Marguerite Ruygrok (1963), trial driver Ken Tubman (1974), netballer Lesley Haigh (1982), cyclist (the late) Denis Blunden (1996), two-time world motocross champion Chad Reed (2004) and last year’s World Cup champion in indoor cricketer Amy Wills.

London bound Brendan Sexton (triathlon) and Olympic hopeful Simon Orchard (hockey) were recipients of the award in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

The 2012 winners will be announced at a presentation night at Maitland City Bowls, Sports and Recreation Club early next year and will take home $1000 (senior) and $500 (junior), also courtesy of PRD nationwide.

The Maitland Mercury, PRD

nationwide and Maitland City Bowls, Sports and Recreation Club are the major sponsors of the award this year.

Nominations for the remainder of the year will be published in the Maitland Mercury on the second Wednesday of each month.

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