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Deadlys Nominees 2011: Most Promising New Talent in Sport

Tahj Minniecon

One of the bright young stars of Australian soccer, and a former member of the Young Socceroos, Tahj began his A-League career with the Brisbane Roar in 2007 after a stint at the AIS.

In the 2009/10 season Tahj’s last-minute goal in the National Youth League Grand Final secured a famous 2-1 victory, and the Gold Coast’s first ever piece of silverware.

Blessed with exceptional speed and footballing talent, after overcoming injury, In 2010/11, Tahj bolted back into the Gold Coast’s starting eleven and played a crucial part in United’s finals charge.

Fred Mundraby

Fred hails from the small, remote community of Yarrabah in Far North Queensland. In 57 amateur fights, Fred lost only nine bouts before turning professional in 2006 – winning the vacant Queensland featherweight state title in his first pro bout.

After also winning the Queensland bantamweight title in his third fight in 2007, Fred then won the Australian bantamweight title by TKO in the second round, and in August 2010, added the Australian super flyweight title.

In May 2011, Fred travelled to Tokyo, Japan, to vie for the OPBF super flyweight title, and despite bravely fighting on through several rounds with a broken jaw, he was forced to retire from the bout in the fifth round due to the injury.

Shane Parker

In September 2010, Shane became the first Indigenous wrestler to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games, and has been both the Australian and Oceania Champion in the 55kg division in the Greco-Roman discipline.

Originally from Mt Druitt in Western Sydney, Shane began wrestling at age 10 when he was introduced to the Aboriginal wrestling style of coreeda. He converted to freestyle wrestling at 14 and then later moved into Greco-Roman style.

In Delhi, he competed in the 55kg class, and was unlucky to be knocked out in the first stage. A young prospect, Shane is still developing in the sport and will be an improved wrestler from the Games’ experience.

Thomas Boyle

In just three years, Thom has already achieved some commendable achievements in the contact sport of Muay Thai boxing. As an amateur, Thom has already fought nationally and internationally, and fell only one match short of winning a medal at the 2010 World Championships.

Thom’s current record stands at 11 fights for seven wins, with four of those coming by way of knockout. He has won the IKBF Australian Amateur Middleweight Muay Thai title, and was a member of the Australian team that competed at the World Amateur Muay Thai championships.

Tanisha Stanton

15-year-old Tanisha Stanton, from Newcastle, NSW, is a high-achieving rep touch football and netball player.

In 2008,Tanisha was selected in the NSW Indigenous Netball Squad and a year later made the Newcastle Rep U14 netball team.

2009 also saw Tanisha captain the Hunter Hornets Rep Team and earn selection into the NSW Merit Team (Hornets).

More recently, Tanisha has played for the U17 Newcastle netball team. and toured with the Indigenous Schools Girls netball team to New Zealand. In 2011, she captained State champions Newcastle City Touch in the U16s, and became a grade player in the Wallsend division.

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