THE honours keep coming for Bomaderry High School student Lain Beckett, who has been named the Young Achiever of the Year for the region at the Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards.
The year 12 student, who was Shoalhaven City Council’s nominee, was recognised for his achievements in cricket and in mentoring children through cricket and coaching.
The awards were staged by Wingecarribee Shire Council, Wollongong City Council, Shellharbour City Council, Kiama Municipal Council and Shoalhaven City Council as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.
The awards recognise significant contributions made across all fields; music, art, culture, education sport, employment and politics.
Lain, 17, was honoured and surprised to win the award.
“To be recognised by five councils in our area is pretty special. It’s a pretty big thing,” he said.
Nominated by his grandmother Rhonda Clarke, he was recognised for his cricketing abilities and the work he has done coaching younger children.
“I guess they see me as a good role model,” he said.
In a big season he was the spearhead of the Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s first grade attack and was also the leading wicket taker for the NSW team at the Imparja Cup in Alice Springs.
He is also a member of the 30-man NSW under 19 squad and has spent the winter months training twice a week in Sydney at the Blacktown International Sports Complex with coach Mick McLennan.
He has also helped out with coaching at the Indigenous Milo Cricket and was assistant coach with the Shoalhaven under 16b representative team.
“Coaching has been a good experience for me,” he admitted.
“It has allowed me to experience another side of cricket,” he said.
Currently completing his HSC, he’s not sure what is in store after school.
“I haven’t made any decisions yet as to what my plans are both on or off the field for next season. We’ll just wait and see what happens.”