The best female athletes of Gympie sport in 2020.
The best female athletes of Gympie sport in 2020.

NAMED: Gympie’s 29 best and fairest female athletes of 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic threw sporting schedules all over Australia into chaos earlier this year, and the Gympie region was no exception.

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Some teams faced heavy delays before they were able to return to the field, while others saw their entire seasons wiped out as officiators struggled under the weight of mounting pandemic-related difficulties.

As a mark of congratulations to those who did endeavour to honour their sporting commitments despite the unprecedented pressures Season 2020 brought, The Gympie Times has compiled a list of the region's best and fairest players for their respective teams.

Here's a look at the 29 best and fairest female athletes of this year:

FOOTBALL

Gympie United Gladiators

Premier Women - Jaidyn Dennien (forward)

Jaidyn Dennien.
Jaidyn Dennien.

The super boot forward was on fire this year, hitting the scoresheet 11 times to finish equal first on top of the club's goalscoring list alongside Sam Bradshaw.

Dennien managed her 11 goals despite making three less appearances than Bradshaw. Sammie Sutton, Tiahni Webber, Courtney Cross and Zoe Morrison were also standouts for the Premier Women in their delayed season.

Reserve Women - Brooke Grima (GK, Striker)

Brooke Grima.
Brooke Grima.

Coach Joel Albion said: "She was the captain of the team. It was her second year playing for the Gympie ladies, and this year she really stepped up when we needed her to. She was really important for us."

Under 16 Girls - Emma Anderson (GK)

Gympie United Gladiators goalkeeper Emma Anderson.
Gympie United Gladiators goalkeeper Emma Anderson.

Coach Jim Ambrose said: "She's an exceptional goalkeeper for her age, she's got a good future ahead of her. She's also a very good player on the field. In the modern game goalkeepers need to be field players. Really steady in the box. She's confident in her own abilities and has a great willingness to learn."

"Emma will be moving up into the women's next year."

BASKETBALL

Gympie Amateur Basketball Association

Primary School Competition

Cavaliers MVP: Caitlin Killian

Gympie Basketball MVP Caitlin Killian. Photo: Miguel Galy
Gympie Basketball MVP Caitlin Killian. Photo: Miguel Galy

Comets MVP: Sophie Davies

Thunder Most Improved: Amy Weston

High School Juniors Competition

Season Sportsperson Award and Sparks MVP: Ashlyn Steele

Gympie basketball star Ashlyn Steele was a standout this year.
Gympie basketball star Ashlyn Steele was a standout this year.

Cavaliers MVP: Breanna Thornely-Erikson

Raptors Most Improved: Elouise Decker

Sparks Most Improved: Tessa Krogh

High School Seniors Competition

Season Jake Hulskamp Memorial Sportsperson Award: Katie Mckenzie

Thunder Most Improved: Taleisha Tydings

Senior Women's Competition

Grand Final Winning Team: Fever

Grand Final MVP: Chloe Sellin

Season MVP: (tie) Chloe Sellin & Tanzi Smith

Tanzi Smith (left).
Tanzi Smith (left).

Season Player's Player Award: Lori Hoffmann

RUGBY LEAGUE

The Gympie Devils senior teams may have had their 2020 campaigns cancelled, but the juniors made it back onto the turf and managed to complete admirable seasons.

Congratulations to these young Devils, who won the best and fairest awards for their respective teams:

Under 14 Girls: Moondara Mason

Under 16 Girls: Keeley Jackson

RUGBY UNION

The Gympie Hammers made leaps and bounds despite the challenges this year brought, with four squads taking part in finals action by October.

Last year's Athlete of the Year Allie Salter has been a standout once again in 2020.
Last year's Athlete of the Year Allie Salter has been a standout once again in 2020.

The Under 15 girls, Under 17 girls, and senior men's and women's sides were all contenders, with the men heading to a Preliminary final for the first time "in a very long time".

The Hammers have not yet held their presentations for Season 2020, but the following names are all in contention for best and fairest awards:

WOMEN'S: Ella Findlay, Caitlin Urwin, Joelene Scott

Gympie against Maroochydore Women's Rugby League Grand Final at the Sunshine Coast Stadium. Gympie's fullback Caitlin Urwin runs into open space.
Gympie against Maroochydore Women's Rugby League Grand Final at the Sunshine Coast Stadium. Gympie's fullback Caitlin Urwin runs into open space.

WOMEN'S UNDER 17: Allie Salter, Kenisha Finch, Lilli Finger

Joelene Scott was one of the Hammers' most potent weapons in 2020.
Joelene Scott was one of the Hammers' most potent weapons in 2020.

WOMEN'S UNDER 15: Kiara Hawkins, Emilia Chambers

Kiara Hawkins starred for the Gympie Hammers this year.
Kiara Hawkins starred for the Gympie Hammers this year.

NETBALL

Gympie and Districts Netball Association

Gympie and Districts Netball Club – Matilda Gook, Breanna Pearce and Hannah Ward. Photo: Bec Singh
Gympie and Districts Netball Club – Matilda Gook, Breanna Pearce and Hannah Ward. Photo: Bec Singh

Matilda Gook - A-grade, Ladies (GS, GA)

Brianna Pierce - Junior A-grade, Ladies

Gympie Netball – Breanna Pearce.
Gympie Netball – Breanna Pearce.

Hannah Ward - Junior A-Grade, Ladies (GD)

Gympie and District Netball Association President Colleen Miller said:

"All three girls were chosen for the USC Thunder academy emerging talent program. It was an outstanding year all round. COVID didn't seem to affect them.

Gympie and Districts Netball Club – Hannah Ward. Photo: Bec Singh
Gympie and Districts Netball Club – Hannah Ward. Photo: Bec Singh

"That academy is chosen at the start of the year, this year's the first year we've had any athletes make it.

"It was a fantastic result for the girls and for us."

Gympie Times


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