Whitestyles awarded 2019-2020 Young Sports Award
Mackay Regional Council recognised Cooper Whitestyles for his achievements as a sportsman during Mackay’s Australia Day Awards ceremony.
“I felt very honoured and humbled to receive the award!,” Whitestyles said.
“I just want to thank everyone from the bowls community from the little to the big who have helped me to be where
I am today.”
2019 was a year of achievements for Cooper, winning gold in the Men’s Singles and gold in the Mixed Pairs at the Multi-disability Queensland State Championships.
He also attended two under 23s Australian camps for basketball, where he played in the Australian under 23 Squad and in the Annual Spinners and Annual Slam Down Under competitions.
He made his debut for the Red Dust Heller National League team for wheelchair basketball, playing 18 games for his first season, averaging 30 minutes a game.
And, he was chosen as a finalist for the 2019 North Queensland Sportstar Awards – an athlete with a disability award.
Described as a humble person with a wonderful attitude by his peers, his determination and dedication to practice and improve, his concentration and his great sportsmanship in a team or as an individual makes him a shining example of what can be achieved in any sport.