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Doney Wins School Sports Award


4 July 2018

Doney Wins School Sports Award

Doney Wins School Sports Award

Lucy Doney reckons she is proof of what can be achieved with hard work, dedication and a positive attitude.

The triple jumper was forced to sit on the sidelines for nearly a year after severe navicular bone bruising – affecting the ankles – left her unsure how strongly she might return. But when Lucy, of Colonel Light Gardens, made her comeback this year, she won the under-16 and under-17 Australian triple jump titles at the national championships.

The Scotch College Year 10 student is the region’s first monthly winner in the secondary school category for this year’s School Sports Awards. The School Sports Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements by SA primary and secondary students, are in their 22nd year.

“It means a lot to me because I had a big hiccup last year and had 10 months off because of injury,” Lucy, 15, says.

“When I originally got told (about the injury), I was so gutted and I didn’t think I’d be able to come back from it.

“But I had a talk with my old coach and he said ‘you can do this and if you keep telling yourself you can’t, then you’re not going to be able to come back from it’.”

Lucy, who is the under-15 Athletics SA, Little Athletics and School Sport SA record holder in triple jump, says her love for the sport also helps fuel her desire to keep improving.

“You don’t get taught triple jump until you are in under-12, but once I started, I instantly felt in love with it,” the Western Districts Athletics Club member says.

“I train really hard, so that helps as well.”

Any student aged 10-18 and enrolled at a South Australian school is eligible to enter the awards. Male and female finalists will be announced monthly for northern, southern, eastern and western Adelaide between June and September. Overall winners will be announced at the Celebration of SA Sport gala evening later this year.

--Original article by Daniel Abbracciavento appeared in Eastern Courier, 4 July 2018. PHOTO: SPORT IN FOCUS

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