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A GROUP of Junior Elite Athletes were recognised for their hard work by Mayor Julie Hall at the Whitsunday Regional Council meeting, in Proserpine.

Council provides financial support for Junior Elite Athletes who are participating in a representative competition at regional, state or national Level.

The grant is provided to applicants by council to assist in meeting the costs associated with participating in a representative sports program.

Brooke Mizzie, Charlotte Adams and Amy and Lachlan Gray were celebrated for their success, last week, in the Horse ball Interstate Championships.

Brooke travelled to Melbourne to compete in Horse ball, at Equitana, the biggest equine exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, held at the Melbourne Show Grounds, on November 11 and 12, 2022.

Horse ball is a sport played on horseback where a ball is handled, and goals are scored by shooting it through a hoop with a diameter of 1m (like Quidditch but with horses instead of magical brooms!).

The sport is a combination of polo, rugby, netball, and basketball. It is one of the 10 disciplines officially recognised by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.

Brooke was awarded captain of the Queensland team, and all the games played by Brooke and her teammates, they came in first and third place.

Brooke and her team mates especially enjoyed playing in such a professional environment as Equitana and competing in front of such a large crowd.

Charlotte also participated in the Horse ball Interstate Championships, held at Equitana.

The two days of competition featured games between competitors representing Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Charlotte previously represented Australia as part of the Australian Under 16 team, at the Horse ball World Cup, held in France, in August this year.

Following on from this exciting event, Charlotte re-joined the Australian Under 16 World Cup team and competed against challengers from across the three states at Equitana. She also received the Best Player Award for the competition.

Siblings Amy and Lachlan also participated in the Horse ball Interstate Championships, in November.

At Australia’s biggest equestrian event, the first day Queensland put forward a challenger team against the current Under 16 Australian team, in the Grand Pavilion.

The Queensland challengers, captained by Lachlan Gray, won the game to take home the Championship. Amy Gray played in the Australian team as a substitute for an injured player.

The second day saw an interstate challenge, where Amy captained her team and played alongside her brother Lachlan and other Queensland players.

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