The Border Ranges village of Woodenbong continues to amaze with its emerging talented young people. Katelyn Grimmett of Year 12 of Woodenbong Central School is a splendid example of this.
Known as an outstanding swimmer from a young age and excelling in junior competition (to Zone Champion Level), Katelyn continues to support younger swimmers at her local club’s swim nights during the swimming season.
Katelyn has played school touch football since year 7, and in the past few seasons has reached top representative team level, playing in the Open School Team at Banora Point, then being invited to play for Tweed Heads in the State Cup. She played for Northern Eagles in Penrith in 2015, and at Parkes in 2016 was awarded player’s player, then selected in the state Development Team, was selected for Northern Eagles to play in 2017, but was unable to participate due to other sporting commitments.
In 2015 she travelled to Mudgee for the School U-15s Touch State Championships, was elected co-captain and chosen as players player.
Selections in 2017 were in Coffs Harbour where Katelyn was selected for the next level at Bateau Bay (Central Coast) in June 2017.
Katelyn also plays basketball, competes at campdraughts, athletics, cross country running, shooting, soccer, and has represented her school up to state level during her school years. She loves horse-riding and mentors young people in this sphere.
In 2016 Katelyn played her first game of Rugby Sevens in Ballina and was selected to play at Coffs Harbour but was unable to attend. At the end of 2016, she played at Coolangatta and has since been invited to try out for a team with the Bond University (on the Gold Coast, she was succesfull!) – she travels to Robina on Friday nights for training after being selected in the Opens squad for 2017, passing some rigorous fitness tests. Katelyn in the youngest player to be selected to play in the University Cup this weekend at Armidale, a knockout University competition where she will represent Bond University!
Typical for Katelyn over 5 days is; Thursday – Footsal – Byron Bay, Friday – Rugby Sevens Robina, Sat – Campdraught Kyogle, Sunday touch Rugby at Brisbane, Monday touch Coffs Harbour.
Katelyn plays Touch Rugby at Warwick each Weds night, last year she was chosen to play in Brisbane to play in either U-16, 18 or 21s (going for U-21s), went to NZL representing Australia in Nov 2016, and winning!
Footsal (indoor soccer), and Katelyn has was selected to travel to San Jose, California in July 2017. Her selection came after competitions in Byron Bay (State) and Brisbane (National) and she previously played at Ballarat at national level where her team were the Australian champions. She has just played at Byron Bay for 2017 State level, was also selected to play in Sydney in 2017, but unable to play due to prior commitments. In 2016 Kate’s team was placed 2nd in Australia in Brisbane. Afterward in NZL Kate got to play in the Men’s Australian 18-19 team, they won two games, lost one, and she loved playing with and against the boys!
Just returning from the USA and her Footsal, barely off the ‘plane and Katelyn bounced back to Woodenbong to compete in the Woodenbong campdraft just a week ago!
One would wonder, does Katelyn have time to attend school, and does she do well academically? Yes she does, and is a wonderful role model as well. Katelyn couldn’t have achieved these amazing results without support, so she wishes to acknowledge those who help her achieve so much.
Her Chiropractor, Maree Willett. Her amazing parents, Stewart and Susan, her school and teachers, her community, her coaches Ben Gollings(Rugby 7s), Les Watego and Scott Turner (touch football), Mick Day and Doug Gardiner (Footsal), Darren Morrison (touch rugby), Andrew Fidge and Peter Mulchay, Warwick Shaw and Rhonda Amos (school sports). Katelyn has reached marvellous milestones without benefit of synthetic athletics tracks, heated pools for advanced off season training, or a gym, and is grateful to be able to access a running track and a pool. She keeps fit by riding and working horses, works on the farm, goes to training, has her own fitness regimes and goes for morning runs. Katelyn is an amazing achiever and a gracious team player