Klein and Hodgson are two sport stars on the rise
UP AND coming sports stars Sam Klein and Molly Hodgson have capped off a jam-packed and successful 2016 by taking out Gympie's 10-12 years school sportsman and sportswoman of the year.
Up against dozens of the region's best athletes, Klein has represented St Patrick's College in swimming, cross country, football and athletics this year.
He represented the district in cross country, finishing a respectable tenth at the Wide Bay trials.
Football is his passion, though, and after being selected as the Wide Bay captain he achieved further honours as the Queensland team's vice-captain for the national titles in Perth.
Klein has also been named as a finalist in Wide Bay's sportsman of the year awards.
For Cooloola Christian College student Molly Hodgson, a love of all sports and her ability to excel in each of her chosen disciplines has meant she is a worthy recipient of the sportswoman of the year award.
She has represented the region in no less than six sports this year, including touch football, hockey, athletics, cross country, aquathon and cricket.
She was Cooloola Christian College's swimming, cross country and athletics age champion on top of being named age champion of the district 10-12 years athletic trials.
At a regional level, Hodgson represented Wide Bay in aquathon and was selected to captain the Wide Bay girls athletics team.
Andrew Martin and David Walters also received recognition for their long standing involvement in Gympie school sport, taking out the 2016 staff awards.
Both men have dedicated countless hours to the development of junior athletes in the region.