Jackson Murphy awarded

Young athlete Jackson Murphy from Tumby Bay Area School has been awarded their Sportsperson of the Year Award for the second time.

He joins the likes of other successful state, national and international athletes such as Jake Andrewartha who represented Australia at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games for Judo.

Murphy who completed year 12 in 2019 showcased his dynamic athletic ability over a variety of sports throughout his high school years specialising in football, cricket, swimming and athletics.

Tumby Bay Area School's PE and sports coordinator, Shane Masson said Murphy not only excelled within the school but also in the wider sporting community.

"..he represented the Eyre Peninsula at the State Country Cricket and Football Championships and played for the South Australian Country Team in Perth, Western Australia as the competitions youngest player to date," he said.

Murphy said while it was a positive experience it was definitely a balancing act trying to manage his education and commitment to sport.

"It was challenging to balance school and particularly footy when I was finishing year 12 because I had to be away playing for Norwood in the city every two weeks and take my schoolwork with me," Murphy said.

"It got to the point where I was playing back home in Tumby Bay quite a bit because I was getting more out of the game but it was nice knowing I had the support of everyone at home even when I was in Adelaide."

This year Murphy will be moving to Adelaide to study primary education at university and after success in both the Under 18 SANFL and Great Flinders Football League will continue to play in the city while he studies.

"I know I'll be playing footy while I'm in the city at uni but I'm not sure whether it'll be at Norwood or North Adelaide, it's still undecided," he said.

Mr Masson said Murphy's remarkable success in a wide variety of sports was an exceptional effort and an overall credit to his hard work and determination.

The award has been presented since 2000 and Murphy joins the ranks of other dual recipient Jake Andrewartha (2004.2006) who won a bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and competed at the 2012 Olympics in judo.