AUSTRALIA DAY: Horseman honoured

Experienced horseman David Kelley has been named Cooma-Monaro's sportsperson of the year.

Kelley has been actively involved in Cooma Pony Club for 13 years and acted as an instructor and mentor to members both young and old. He also uses his horsemanship skills and experience from his time in mounted police to help riders. Not only is he an experienced horseman, he is also a race horse trainer involved in Cooma Race Club and many other equestrian organisations.

The award was presented to Kelley at the Australia Day celebrations on Sunday, where local swimmer Josh Alford was named young sportsperson of the year.

Alford was described as a great role model for all young swimmers and athletes with a disability.

With dedication, commitment and hard work, Alford has become an outstanding swimmer competing in both multi-class and mainstream events at an international level. In 2013, he recorded his highest achievement to date - winning a gold medal and setting a new world record in the 1500m open water event at the INAS World Swimming Championships in Noumea.

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