A SMILE so contagious it has been noted by sports judges is just one of this week's IGA Junior Sports Award nominee's winning attributes.
Punchbowl Primary School pupil Lucy Jones in known for her sporting prowess in running and tennis.
It has been a successful year for the 12-year-old who has been selected for three state teams.
Despite her small stature and relative inexperience, Lucy won a doubles match at the 13 years and under Foundation Cup this year.
It was her first state selection, included an exciting trip to Sydney and her endeavour and tenacity was noted by judges.
Just like every year before, Lucy represented Punchbowl Primary at the LSSSA cross-country and set a record for winning margin in the past 20 years.
This gave her the confidence to enter the state cross-country competition, where she came a comfortable third place.
All this, and Lucy has never been formally trained in athletics.
Tennis coach Mandy Smith said Lucy was ``extremely coach-able'' and praised her attitude.
One of Lucy's tennis successes is winning the Argonaut Wimbledon Junior Development girls 13 and under.
Off the field, Lucy has competed in academic events including state maths tournaments.
The IGA Junior Sports Awards recognise and encourage the hard work of up-and-coming sports stars aged under 18.
The categories for nominees are male individual, female individual, team, all-rounder, female rising star and male rising star encouragement awards.
A service to sport award is also open for dedicated coaches.
Winners are now eligible for a $500 cash prize.
If you know a young sport star or coach who deserves recognition, visit The Examiner website and select community from the top menu bar. Select competitions from the drop down options, click on the Junior Sports Awards icon and complete your nomination.
If you would prefer a printed entry form, call 6336 7391.