11 August 2023

Endeavour Lions Club gives Cooktown athlete a boost

| Sarah Martin
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Sam Ryder accepts the $4000 Endeavour Lions Award from club secretary Jim Fay.

Sam Ryder accepts the $4000 Endeavour Lions Award from club secretary Jim Fay.

Rising young athlete Sam Ryder’s sporting goals are a step closer with, with the teen awarded the Endeavour Lions Club annual award last month.

The $4000 Endeavour Lions Award aims to support local youth to excel in their chosen sporting or professional field, funding equipment, training, travel and self-improvement costs.

“I applied for the sporting part of it to help me with money towards my flights and accommodation for swimming and underwater hockey,” Sam said.

“I’ve got Darwin in September for swimming and the nationals for underwater hockey next year and it will also go towards my equipment, mask, snorkel, caps, sticks and stuff.

“A big thank you to the Endeavour Lions Club, it’s awesome that I got the award and it will help me with my sport.”

The 16-year-old Endeavour Christian College student has been blitzing the competition in the pool, coming back from the FNQ short course championships last week with a raft of personal bests that saw him qualify for 10 events at the NT Country Championships in Darwin next month.

He plays for Cooktown’s Crocs underwater hockey team as well, recently joining the Cooktown senior team at the NQ Titles where they lost narrowly and planning to compete in the Asia Pacific Cup later this year.

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