Award caps off big year for Jeffrey

REPRESENTING an Australian team at the World Junior Indoor Cricket Championships has given Marty Jeffrey a taste for more success and he'll be pushing his young body even further to achieve the same aims this coming year.

He's equally at home on the cricket field or indoors and his long list of achievements made him a popular choice as Dubbo's Young Sportsperson of the Year.

"I was very lucky last year to get to where I did and I'd like to do it again," he said after receiving his award from mayor Mathew Dickerson and guest Larry Corowa at Victoria Park on Saturday.

"Our outdoor season is coming to an end soon and after the junior finals I'll be back concentrating on indoor," he said.

"We've got the Nationals in Sydney this year and I'm going up to the under-15s, which is a big step but I'm confident I can do that."

And if Marty had a choice between outdoor and indoor cricket what would he choose? "Outdoor definitely," he said.

Marty certainly had the right credentials to be named the Young Sportsperson of the Year.

"He's been a leading club and representative cricketer with Newtown, Dubbo and Macquarie Valley and his leadership skills have been recognized as a captain.

But his green and gold colours at home hold pride of place for indoor cricket.

He's captained Dubbo 12s and 14s sides in the past that dominated Western Regional championships and then Western went one step further winning a state title.

From that came selection as captain of NSW Cyclones to win the National Indoor Cricket Championships.

It was after those championships that Marty was named in the Australian side to play at the World Juniors in Johannesburg late last year.

Marty Jeffrey is certainly a young man with plenty of pride, ability and charisma.

Sport is a great footprint to him to be a fine ambassador for his mother and father, Sandy and Mick, his sport and the city of Dubbo.

Marty, well done and all the best for your sporting pursuits this coming year.

The third sports award presented on Saturday was to Craig Johnston, president of the Dubbo Hockey Association. He received the Service to Sport Award.

We will feature Johnston in tomorrow's Daily Liberal.

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