THE May monthly winners for the 2012 Leader-Tynan Honda Sportstar of the Year awards have been chosen.
Leader readers are encouraged to nominate someone in the categories, including athletes with a disability, master, junior and senior and various school and team awards.
¦ Jarrod Cullen won four gold medals and set two Australian records at the NSW Little Athletics Championships. Cullen, 14 of Bexley, set the Australian record in the 400 metres, running 50.97 seconds. He also broke the Australian record in the 200m in 23.17 seconds only for that to be broken later that weekend. He won gold in the 90m and 200m hurdles and silver in long jump.
¦ Maddison Lenard has spent her life exceeding expectations but even she was shocked when she was included in the Australian open baseball squad — only the second 15-year-old in Australian women's baseball history to be called into the senior squad.
¦ Kye Towsend of Ishinryu Karate, Jannali, won gold at both the NSW Karate Championships and the Australian Open Karate Championships. He competed in the nine-years open kata events.
¦ Grace Robinson of Penshurst, won two gold medals in the under-13 shot put and discus events at the Little Athletics Championship. She holds the Australian under-13 shot put record and the under-11 discus record.
¦ Kelsey Feros, 18, completed a water-ski double. Feros, of Sylvania, won the NSW under-19 title and the under-19 speed race.
¦ Sutherland cricketing all-rounder Steve Smith fought back into the Australian one-day cricket team after being picked to tour the British Isles. Smith had been out of the international set up since October.
¦ Kaarle McCulloch is rated one of Australia's best medal hopes at the London Olympics. McCulloch was picked to partner Anna Mears in the women's team pursuit in search of gold.
¦ Sutherland hockey trio of Josh Walters, Nathan Bourke and Luke Noblett were picked in the NSW under-21 side to compete at the Australian Championships in July.
ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
¦ Nicole Harris, 19, won three gold medals at the International Federation for Sport for Athletes with Intellectual Disability alpine skiing World Championships in Turkey. Harris, of Port Hacking, won gold in slalom, giant slalom and the super combined.
¦ Frank Scorzelli, 65, won two gold medals at the recent masters events. Scorzelli, of Bardwell Park, won the 10km event at the NSW Championships in the 65-years. He was part of 4x1500m relay team to set an Australian record at the Australian Masters Athletics.