Inverell athlete takes home two accolades at NIAS awards evening in Tamworth

Inverell athlete Kyla Hamilton with NIAS chair Diane Gray.
Inverell athlete Kyla Hamilton with NIAS chair Diane Gray.

Inverell athlete Kyla Hamilton took home two major accolades at the Northern Inland Academy of Sports (NIAS) awards evening.

Held in Tamworth on Saturday evening, the awards were held to recognise sporting stars from across the region who excelled during their NIAS experience in 2018.

Hamilton was firstly named NIAS Athlete of the Year for girls AFL.

Having only started playing AFL mid-season last year, the local girl said she was incredibly proud of herself.

But the accolades didn’t stop there as she was also named the NIAS Chairman’s Award winner.

Hamilton received the award in recognition for her selfless mentoring efforts and sportsmanship throughout the year.

“I didn’t know I would be receiving an award let alone two. I was really surprised when my name was called for the chairperson’s award,” she said.

This year marks Hamilton’s first year in a NIAS squad, and unfortunately her last due to her age. 

“NIAS has given me a lot more experience. It was fun to get some footy training in and help from Sonia and Allan.”

During her NIAS experience, Hamilton went to the Academy Games but was unable to play due to her age. She still attended as a water girl and general helper for the team.

Prior to the games, Hamilton travelled to Newcastle as part of a NIAS squad to play in the senior women’s competition with Newcastle City.

“It’s been a really fun year,” she said.

Apart from her positive NIAS experience, Hamilton was selected to play in the state squad for NSWCCC and has had a successful season with the Inverell Saints women’s side.