Stallions duo share success in Australia Day Awards
One is a respected rugby league coach whose passion for nurturing the game's next generation has resulted in an array of high-level coaching appointments.
The other is a rugby league talent on the rise, a player whose skill and leadership is beyond his years.
Together they are coach and player, and following the Cooma-Monaro Shire's Australia Day awards, they are now Sportsperson and Young Sportsperson of the Year.
Jason Kelly, president of the Cooma Stallions, was awarded the Shire's highest sporting accolade, an acknowledgement of his longevity and commitment to rugby league in Cooma and now Southern NSW.
Managing the Stallions Under 18 side last year, amidst representative coaching duties, Kelly's drive and dedication for extracting the best out of his players was evident last season.
Head Coach of the Group 16 Senior Representative Squash, as well as running the Southern Stingrays Under 18s side, and taking charge of the Red Energy High Performance, Kelly is an integral part of the local rugby league scene.
Carson Barrett was awarded the Young Sportsperson of the Year for his leadership and progress in the sport. Being selected in numerous representative sides, Barrett is working his way through the rugby league ranks.
Carson was also selected for the Canberra Region's Under 16s Development squad and has been playing representative games in Wagga, Junee, Wollongong and Muswellbrook.
His unselfish, considerate and supportive behaviour towards others is a great inspiration to his peers and a credit to himself and to his home town of Cooma.