Date: February 09, 2016
Author: Dave Tease, Golf NSW

Gadd grabs Penrith gong

16 year-old Joshua Gadd has been honoured by Penrith City Council at it’s annual Australia Day awards.

The reigning Penrith Golf Club Champion has been named as the City’s Sportsperson of the Year for 2015.

“I’m really honoured to be named as Sportsperson of the Year,” says Joshua. “It was a real surprise.”

“There’s so many good sportsmen and women in Penrith, I was really shocked.”

Gadd put together an impressive resume of results on the golf course in 2015. The highlight’s being his victory in the under-15 age section of the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation Subaru State Age Championships as well taking out the title trifecta of Club Champion, Junior Champion and Match-Play Champion at Penrith Golf club.

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The St Dominic’s High School student recently received a scholarship from the Western Sydney Academy of Sport, and has his heart set on a future career as a professional golfer.

“I’d love to be a pro golfer on the PGA Tour and get to play in all the major championships. I want to be number one in the world,” he smiled.

The highlight of the night for Gadd however, was meeting the Premier of NSW, Mike Baird when he received his Australia Day award.

“Yeah, meeting Mike Baird was fun. He even knew something about me, that was pretty cool!,” laughed Gadd.