Friday awarded the Lee Anne Goodwin Encouragement Award

BurtonPhotography-19533797182015 has been a great year for Queenslander Beryl Friday, and that was recognised earlier this month at the Queensland Indigenous Sports Awards.


Taking place on Friday 16 October, the awards night reflected on the outstanding efforts of Queensland’s established and up-and-coming Indigenous sports stars.


In acknowledgement of her extensive efforts both on and off the court, Friday was awarded the Lee Anne Goodwin Encouragement Award which was designed to recognise the best emerging Indigenous sports person.


Friday’s 2015 netball resume is extensive; she has the 2015 ANZ Championship title under her belt as a Firebird, was a member of the Queensland Fusion team, the Captain of the 21 & Under Queensland State Team who took home Bronze, and was a member of the Australian 21 & Under Squad.


She’s also succeeded off the court, this year completing her Diploma of Remedial Massage, writing a weekly column for the Townsville Bulletin and working hard to promote netball as an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador.


Friday’s growing talent for the sport of netball made her very deserving, said Indigenous Sport Queensland President, Wayne Coolwell.


“Beryl was a stand out among all of the applicants,” Coolwell said.


“Even though Beryl isn’t a part of the Firebird’s starting seven, she’s proven to herself to be a great athlete by making the Australian 21 and Under team.


“We believe Beryl is on the verge of doing really great things.”


Friday has been signed to the Firebirds for her second ANZ Championship season in 2016 and hopes to be part of the first team to take out back-to-back wins.


But her dreams don’t stop there—Friday hopes to one day wear the green and gold as a part of the Australian Diamonds and continue to use her profile to encourage more young Australians to play the sport she loves.


Already on the radar as one of Australia’s most promising emerging athletes, it won’t be long before Friday cements herself in sporting history.