Hard work ethic pays off for Sam
SAM BROOKS may have only just hit his teenage years, but a hard work ethic alongside supportive parents have moulded him into an exceptional young man.
The 13-year-old was announced as Murweh Young Citizen at the Year at the Australia Day celebrations on Sunday.
"It was pretty good to receive the award because I wasn't expecting it," he said.
"We got a letter sent in the post that said I had been nominated but I thought for sure someone else would get it.
"I was surprised but more than grateful."
The Young Citizen of the Year award highlights someone in the community who has excelled in both sporting and academic fields throughout the year.
"We have received many testaments to this young man's dedication and commitment in the nomination," the award read.
"This year while achieving representation at regional and state level for rugby league, touch football and swimming; he has also successfully participated in the MESH academic program at Charleville high school.
"He is a great role model and advocate for trying your best and giving something a go."
While Sam is ecstatic with being recognised for his 2019 achievements, he has already fixated his gaze on some new goals.
"I always aim to challenge myself and work hard, because hard work always pays off," he said.
Focusing on rugby league, swimming and athletics this year will see the young man strive to go even further and play at a higher performance level then he has in the past.
"The thing I enjoy most about rugby league is just the adrenaline and playing with mates," he said.
"I love sports because you get to be around and meet new people all the time."
Sam attributes his success in both sporting and academic to his supportive parents who always push him to go the extra mile.
"After I got the award, my Mum came up to me said 'congrats, your hard work has paid off,'" he said.
"She's basically the one who's pushing me to do everything. Her and Dad are the reason I have gotten this far."