Stellar pair win awards

HE'S the perfect teammate and she's the centre of brilliance.

Michael Robar and Georgia Marshall were Penrith's two winners at the Western Sydney Academy of Sport Gala Dinner last month.

A stellar softball and rugby league player, Robar won the Team Athlete of the Year award while Marshall snared the Netball Athlete of the Year title.

"I was quite surprised actually," Robar said of the moment he learned he'd won the award.

"I thought it was going to go to one of the other boys in the academy program because there was two others who are the best team players I know."

The accolade followed a tremendous year for the 16-year-old, who was selected on the NSW under-17s side and the Australian under-17s squad for softball in addition to representing the WSAS in the Harold Matthews Cup.

He said it was good to know his influence and contribution had helped his respective teams "get as far as we did" but he was unsure what exactly is was that made him such a stand-out team player.

"I'm not sure, I got told I progressed and improved a lot," he said.

"I just tried to do the basics right and help out when people were tired and that.

"By working as a team, everyone shares their strengths but if the team doesn't work, individuals can't show their full potential."

The WSAS award isn't the only recognition Robar has received of late, with the long-time Penrith City Softball Association representative recently accepting a Pierre de Coubertin Award from the Australian Olympic Committee.

In early January, he will vice-captain the NSW under-17s side at the softball national championships in Launceston while he is also hoping to play in the SG Ball rugby league competition next year.

Meanwhile, fellow WSAS winner Marshall said she was also surprised when she was crowned Netball Athlete of the Year.

"I was shocked but happy at the same time," she said. "It's nice to know the people who have supported me have recognised me."

The 18-year-old Penrith RSL and Penrith State League representative said the 2012 highlight was joining the WSAS in placing equal first at the Academy Games and third at the NIB Games.

Next year, she hopes to be with the NSW under-19s.

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