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17 March, 2022

Jake Kinsey receives his Australia Day Award

Despite all the challenges this year has thrown at him, Jake Kinsey was last week finally able to accept his Australia Day Award, which recognises his extraordinary sporting achievement.

From left are Allan Peterson OAM, Jake Kinsey, Ros Scotney OAM and Toowoomba Regional Council’s Community Development Officer for Pittsworth Karen Suhl.

Jake was named Pittsworth’s Junior Sports Award recipient for 2022, but was sadly unable to attend Pittsworth’s Australia Day Ceremony in January due to illness.

Although COVID-19 and the recent flooding threw a spanner in the works, nothing could stop Pittsworth from giving Jake the presentation he deserved. 

Jake is a talented and committed young athlete who displays passion and perseverance to excel in his chosen sport. 

Jake started competing in athletics as a 10-year-old. 

He joined an athletics club in Toowoomba and excelled, representing the Darling Downs at the Queensland Athletics Championships in 2018 and 2019. 

Jake Kinsey has also competed at state level for Little Athletics and qualified to compete at the Darling Downs trials in 2021, however this event was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

He trains four hours per week in his key events: hurdles, 100 metres, 200 meters and long jump. 

Always striving to achieve his best, Jake served as sports captain of Kingsthorpe Primary School in 2021 and the community looks forward to watching him improve and succeed in athletics.

He now attends the Pittsworth State High School.

Jake was presented his award by Allan Peterson OAM and Ros Scotney OAM last Wednesday.

Congratulations on your fantastic achievements, Jake!

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