Friday a finalist for Indigenous Sports Awards

Beryl Friday

Australian 21/U representative and Queensland Firebirds emerging shooter Beryl Friday has been named as a finalist for two Queensland Indigenous Sports Awards.

The 21-year-old Friday, who hails from Ingham in far north Queensland, is a contender for the Eddie Gilbert Medal that recognises Queensland’s best Indigenous sports person along with the Robbie Williams Encouragement Award for the best emerging sports person.

The awards are being held in Brisbane on Friday night.

Friday, an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, is honoured to be a finalist.

“I feel really privileged to be in contention for awards with such big-name athletes,” Friday said.

“I don’t expect to win, but it’s such an honour to be put into the same category with people like Johnathan Thurston and Sam Thaiday.”

In 2015 Friday was part of the Firebirds’ ANZ Championship title-winning squad, captained Queensland at the 21/U national titles on the Sunshine Coast and represented the Queensland Fusion in the Australian Netball League.

Friday also completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage and wrote a weekly column for the Townsville Bulletin while also working hard to promote netball as an Australia Post One Netball Ambassador.

“It’s really awesome to have all these extra opportunities come from playing the sport that I love,” Friday said.

“I’m lucky to have so many once in a lifetime opportunities available for me.”