Two young athletes who have both represented Australia have been chosen as the 2019 Young Sportspeople of the Year.
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Montana White and Jannalie Dwyer have taken out the Narromine title.
Montana has only been involved in martial arts for 18 months, however during that time she has made remarkable strides. She currently holds the National Championship title in continuous sparring and was second for full contact sparring.
At the annual Kyoshi Awards, Montana was selected as one of three finalists for Exceptional Club Member (colt). In 2018 she also received the trophy for most improved colt.
Montana is described as someone who is “extremely dedicated to the sport” and “a valuable member of the Kumiai Ryu Members”.
Jannalie has represented Australia in karate.
She represented the country at the 2018 Karate Club Te-Ashi Kai Shin Australasian Karate, where she received first, second, third and fourth medals.
She was named as the Sportswomen of the Year with the Girl’s Academy and won an Wudhagaragaraa Award for outstanding achievement in sport.
“I’m most proud of how far I’ve come. It’s taken me a while,” Jannalie said.
She’s been training in karate for the past four years, which she started because of her family.
“There was me and my cousins and my brother but it was only me who stuck with it, just because it’s a passion and I enjoy it,” Jannalie said.
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