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Junior Sports Hotshot - Winner July 2017
Meet “Roarin' Rory” Southwell.
Well, that’s the nickname coined for him by commentators as he carves up the BMX track.
The 13-year-old from Harrington Park is the latest winner of Campbelltown Catholic Club’s Sports Hot Shot award.
He was presented with his $500 prize money this week, to help his family support Rory in his sport.
The teenager has raced BMX since he was five years old with a string of achievements since competitively racing from the age of eight. In 2014 he took out the State Titles at Macarthur BMX track in Elderslie.
In 2015, he was determined to defend his title and lead for the entire final race until another rider took a better line in the last corner.
“It was neck and neck,” said his proud cousin, Kate Abdallah, who nominated him. “They crossed the line together and it was too close to call, but the transponders showed he finished 2nd by 0.007 seconds. So close!
“History repeated itself in 2016. Once again he led the entire lap until the last corner and once again finished second.
“He did however finish 1st in the State Series last year which is a great achievement.”
Even more so, considering Rory faces surgery shortly for a pelvis injury sustained in a race.
“He is a solid performer as a BMX rider who is dedicated and passionate about his chosen sport,” his cousin told us. “Rory is on the Krank-it performance plus team representing Crupi Australia and is a member of his local club MacArthur BMX club.”
The Club’s Sports Hot Shot award encourages young sportspeople to share their story online for the chance to win cash every month.
It’s simple for any talented young local sportspeople to enter. and click on the simply click here and share your sporting story in 250 words (or less) about your junior ‘Sports Hot Shot’. Every month the Club will Award $500 for the best entry.
Article and Photography by Jeff McGill