Sam Ellicott and Miah Sullivan cleaned up the McCarthy sports awards on Wednesday after the two year nine students both had stellar years on the sporting fields locally, regionally and nationally.
The best male award made for back to back wins for athletics star Ellicott, who has had great success on the track both through the school system and outside of it for the last few years, while best female athlete Sullivan was very proud to pick up her first award after excelling at a range of team sports this year.
“I am pretty proud and have really enjoyed the year,” Sullivan said.
The young flyer received the award after impressing in basketball, touch football and rugby sevens, with the contact sport the latest to catch her eye.
This year Sullivan co-captained the NSW Country basketball side, as well as heading off on a tour of New Zealand and is already in trials for the Country U18s side for next year, while also representing the dioceses at the CCC championships in touch football.
She also made a foray into new favourite sport rugby sevens, making the Central North side which claimed bronze at the Country Championships in Coffs Harbour.
“I love playing touch but I also love the extra physicality in the sevens,” Sullivan said.
“I am hoping to go on with it next year and see is I can make the Waratahs Blue Bells squad.”
Ellicott also reached new heights in his chosen sport, claiming eighth in the final of the 400m and a silver in the 4x400m relay at Nationals after claiming several wins and places through the ranks on his way, as well as being a key player in the schools basketball team which finished runners-up in the State Championships.
Ellicott has already qualified for the National again in March and is hoping to improve on this years already impressive results.
“I am pretty proud to win the award twice,” Ellicott said.
“I am just going to keep training and see what happens next year.”
Former McCarthy student David Brooks returned to the school for the first time as a special guest since he left in 1979 with an Australian Schoolboys rugby league jersey, before going on to claim 175 caps for Balmain, as well as a State of Origin appearance in 1985.