• Junior Sports Hotshot - Winner May 2017

    They say dancing is like dreaming with your feet.
    For Jessica Alford, it is also about overcoming the odds, because she is an 8-year-old girl with autism.
    The St John the Evangelist Catholic School student is the latest winner of Campbelltown Catholic Club’s Sports Hot Shot award, receiving a medal and $500 prize.
    In the beginning, it was hard for Jessica to even dress herself, let alone dance.
    “She has faced many challenges with her condition though has pushed through to become an inspiration to her family, friends and fellow dancers,” said her proud mum, Jodie.
    “She attends her dance studio four days a week and commits herself vigourously to keep up with her peers. Through her dancing she has now achieved friendships, determination, control and has won many trophies, medals and awards at local eisteddfods. She truely is a courageous child and a true testament to the human spirit.”
    Jessica’s truest achievement is the way she now helps her fellow dancers at eisteddfods and make them feel at ease, as they once did for her.
    “She has become a leader and never lets her autism stop her from being the dancer she always dreamed,” said mum Jodie. “I am proud to call her my daughter and to see her smile shine on stage.”

    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. Visit www.kingofclubs.com.au and click on the ‘Sports Hot. 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.
    Stories don’t just have to be around sporting achievement. It could be about participation, overcoming personal adversity or you may have had your own ‘Steven Bradbury’ moment where you had an unexpected win against all the odds.
    Entrants must live in Macarthur and the nominating parent must be a member of Campbelltown Catholic Club.
    Sports Hot Shot must be 21 years of age or younger. Management’s decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. If you’re not already a member and want to take part in this program, you can join Campbelltown Catholic Club membership for as little as $8 per year.

    Article and Photography by Jeff McGill