WITH a resume that details representation in five sports, Larah Fedalto, at the age of 12, is already developing into the perfectly rounded athlete.
Fedalto is proving unstoppable, continuing to keep herself, and her family, busy by competing in hockey, surf life saving, swimming, athletics and touch football.
She has not only represented at the lower levels, but has also progressed far enough to be a national champion with the Queensland hockey team, in addition to winning a gold and bronze medal at the national swimming championships and also competing at the Queensland Country level on the beach.
Fedalto's outstanding record, which speaks for itself, has resulted in her being awarded an honour she didn't expect to receive - the Luke Woof Memorial Trophy.
Awarded to the most well-rounded athlete at the Yaralla Sport Star awards each year, the gratitude and modesty of the whole Fedalto family was there for all those present to see on the awards night, one in which the athlete herself was unable to be a part of.
Fedalto was on the Gold Coast for surf life saving, so her mum Kylie accepted the award.
"I was really honoured to get the award because I know there are other people who deserve it as well," Fedalto said.
"I am motivated to keep going, especially after getting an award and that feeling makes you want to achieve more goals, because it is not just for winning, but for more than that."
Sporting a mature attitude for one so young, Fedalto was told by her family the day after about the award while on her way back to Gladstone. In the meantime she had achieved top-four placings in seven events on the Gold Coast.
The award already seems to be having an impact, as Fedalto is training harder and wants to achieve more.
"It would be good to do more than just participating," she said.
"I know that Luke was a good sportsman so it is special to be named the winner, I would have liked to be there."
Along with Fedalto's recognition, three other awards were presented at the Yaralla Sport Star's season-ending night.
A likely future AFL star, Josh Brown, won the Junior award, while inline hockey player Emma Flesser was adjudged the Senior Sport Star.
Wallabys President Adam Hamilton was the recipient of the Club Person of the Year award, leading his beloved rugby league club back from the brink of disaster in recent years.
Yearly Prize Winners
- Senior Sport Star of the year - Emma Flesser
- Junior Sport Star of the year - Josh Brown
- Club Person of the year- Adam Hamilton