Jamisontown rugby player Joel Togo has taken out the acclaimed Barraclough Medal.
Playing in first grade in second division of the NSW Suburban Rugby competition, the 22-year-old beat 80 competitors to be named the best player at an award ceremony in Sydney on September 22.
“I’m pretty happy,” Togo, a financial broker, said.
“It wasn’t something that I was ever striving to get.”
The Blue Mountains Rugby centre’s talent was evident from an early age, according to club life member Jeff Lalchere.
“As a junior he was tremendous,” Lalchere said.
“He works very hard and has the ability to break tackles. He’s outstanding in defence and attack. He can read a game.”
Raised in Jamisontown, Togo decided to join his mates and travel up the mountain to play junior rugby with the Blue Tongues. He progressed to the Colts, playing two seasons of representative rugby with the Subbies Colts squad. He has also represented his school, Penrith Anglican College on the field.
Lalchere said Togo had won the Barraclough Medal by a record margin; 7 points clear of his nearest rival from the Hills.
“[Joel] has gained the respect of both his teammates, the opposition and the referees as well. There is little doubt, if he chose to, he has the ability and mindset to go on to bigger things in rugby.”