• Junior Sports Hotshot - Winner November 2017

    A MODERATE intellectual disability and epilepsy is a mix that doesn’t often sit well with horse riding.
    But Emma Dowdy-Pitt is a special girl.
    After only a short time in the saddle, the 14-year-old, is now representing NSW on horseback.
    Emma is the latest winner of Campbelltown Catholic Club’s monthly Sports Hot Shot award, receiving a $500 prize.
    The Glen Alpine girl attends Mater Dei School, and her proud mum Jennifer said she has watched Emma blossom into “a different child”, as she rides several times a week at Endeavour Park, Oakdale.
    Every other horse riding school that Jennifer had approached said ‘no’ – their insurance wouldn't cover her – until Endeavour Park said ‘yes’.
    Emma is now shining.
    “She has managed to collect two gold medals at the Special Olympics State Championships,” Jennifer said, “and has now been selected to represent NSW at the Special Olympics National Games to be held at Adelaide in April 2018.
    “At the recent Camden High School Interschools competition she placed first in the special needs, high school division and was awarded a champion rider ribbon.”
    “All this from someone who was told, by so many, no you can’t.
    “Well, Emma has shown everyone that yes, she can.
    "We’re so proud of her.”
    The family thanked the Catholic Club for its backing. The $500 will help pay for Emma’s uniforms and attending the games in South Australia.
    The Club’s Sports Hot Shot award encourages young sports people to share their story online for the chance to win cash every month.It’s simple for any talented young local sportspeople to enter. Simply click here and share your sporting story in 250 words (or less) about your junior ‘SportsHot 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