Talented teens awarded YAS

This month's YAS award winners both have two things in common - passion and determination to be the best at their respective sport.

The Young Achiever Scheme is aimed at assisting young people in their pursuits to participation at a state or national level for activities, events or competitions.

Patrick Lalor, 14, has been tearing up trails on his mountain bike since the age of eight and competing for the past four years.

He recently took part in the 2018 Victorian Enduro Round 1 on November 10 and 11 where he placed first.

His mum, Kerrie said her son shows a high level of passion for his sport and enjoys the thrill of trying to beat his personal best times.

Mrs Lalor said weekends usually involved driving to competitions and plans to use the funds to offset some of the travel costs.

Patrick has a busy schedule over the coming months, with a National Series Round taking him to Falls Creek to compete on November 24 and 25 and then a World Series Round on December 1 and 2 at Mount Buller.

Earlier this year he finished first in the Under 18 Inverted Enduro event at Bright in June.

A YAS award was also awarded to Noah Esplana.

The 16-year-old's parents accepted the award on his behalf as Noah is in the Philippines for intensive training with dance company, Ballet Manila.

Noah is well-known on the Border for his dancing and is looking forward to an up-coming opportunity where he will be involved in ballet production.