by Vince Habermann
ANOTHER chapter was added to Norville State School's proud history when two of its students were among three fine all-round athletes who shared the prestigious Wide Bay Primary Sportsperson of the Year award for 2005.
Josh Brillante and Rebecca Hollindale got their name on the Roy Wechsel Shield, along with Kaitlyn Rackemann, of Coalstoun Lakes State School.
The award was inaugurated in 2005 and is presented annually on a points basis, with the highest points allocated for Queensland representation and points also earned for achieving Wide Bay representative honours.
Brillante and Hollindale, who are now Year 8 students at Shalom College, returned to Norville to receive their awards at a Year 7 assembly on Friday, and while Wide Bay Regional School Sport Officer Justin Lane looked on, they were presented by the man whom the trophy was named after, current Queensland Primary School sports executive officer Roy Wechsel.
Wechsel was happy to return to Norville, where he taught almost 20 years ago, and he spoke fondly of his time there.
Rackemann had earlier received her award.
It was the second year in a row there had been a three-way tie, after Koh Satake (Kalkie) had become the first Bundaberg winner of the award when he shared it in 2004 with Billy Stefanuik (Pialba) and Anna Hicks (South Burnett Catholic College).
Brillante, who also received the Queensland Primary Schools Sport Future State Great award in December, co-captained Queensland to be joint Australian Primary Schools Soccer Championship winners and also represented Wide Bay in cricket and touch.
Hollindale and Rackemann were integral members of the Queensland team which won the national girls' cricket title, while the former also achieved Wide Bay honours in softball and soccer and the latter was a regional softball and netball representative.