In a field so crowded with junior talent organisers had to combine Sportsperson of the Year with the junior category, Orange's young sporting prowess was recognised at Orange City Council's 2018 Orange Sports Awards on Wednesday night.
Cricket phenomenon Phoebe Litchfield was rewarded for her scintillating performance on the cricket pitch in 2018, off the back of which she was awarded a Cricket NSW contract for 2019-20, by claiming Sportsperson of the Year.
Litchfield was named in the Australian under-15 talent squad, NSW under-18s side and the All School Merit outfit, and was also selected for the under-18 national championships, where she dominated in January 2019 - just outside the scope of the award, but she did well enough to be selected for an Australian tour to New Zealand.
The left-hand batter was also selected in the Combined Independent Schools under-16 and under-18 teams for hockey and the NSW under-15 girls' hockey side, where she was captain and leading goal-scorer in their gold medal run.
Hockey and softball star Eva Reith-Snare was named Young Sportsperson of the Year after a blistering year on the pitch - Reith-Snare was part of the undefeated NSW under-18 side at the Australian Under-18 Championships in Launceston, which meant she had to miss lining up for the NSW Combined High Schools open softball side. She also made a plethora of other state hockey, indoor hockey and softball sides throughout 2018.
Team of the Year went to Orange and District Pistol Club's VA1500 side, where Dean and Pete Brus went to Sweden for the European International Pistol Championships, returning with second place in the Club Pistol and claiming first place with a world record result in the Club Revolver section - as well as clean sweeping state championships.
Orange District Junior Cricket Association president Dave Cumming was awarded Sports Volunteer of the Year after a year where the ODJCA was named the best cricket association in not just in NSW, but across the country on the back of state carnivals, inclusion programs and working with schools and community organisations.
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