Latvian student athletes earn Australian awards

Four high school athletes from Latvia, as well as their coaches, are to receive awards Aug. 27 from Latvian sports enthusiasts in Australia.

The students and coaches will receive the awards from the Latvian Sports Board of Australia, according to Talivaldis Kronbergs, project coordinator for the Latvian Sports School Federation.

The students earned the Pep Award. The award, which has been presented sinced 1995, was initiated by Latvian-Australian Gunārs Bērzzariņš.

The most recent recipients of the award are Kalvis Kunings, a canoeist at the Jelgava City Sports School; Gatis Smukulis, a cyclist at the Valka Region Sports School; Liene Karsuma, a track and field athlete at the Track and Field School of Rīga, and Mārcis Klempermanis, a track and field athlete at the Tukums Region Sports School.

The students’ coaches—Lelde Laura, Jānis Akmentiņš, Mārīte Ārente and Aldis Čākurs—will receive the Jānis Tilibs Memorial Fund award. Tilibs was a longtime supporter of Australian Latvian youth sports.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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