Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Butturini a Finalist in Excellence Award

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Butturini a Finalist in Excellence Award

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Byline: David Stuart David.Stuart@mydailynews.com.au

BURRINGBAR born-and-bred Kookaburra Matthew Butturini has been named as a finalist for an award that celebrates elite athletes who also excel in the academic field.

The passionate hockey player and post-graduate student was named as one of six finalists in the general section of the Australian College of Physical Education Academic Excellence Awards.

Butturini is now based in Perth where he is studying a Masters of Pharmacy at Curtin University and training with the Australian Institute of Sport.

He told the Daily News he has always understood the importance of balancing his physical and mental development.

aBoth aspects are really important, especially with hockey, because we don't have the funding to make a living out of it,a Butturini said.

aSo it's important to have something to fall back on. It's always been important.a

Butturini's mother, Janelle, said she was extremely proud of her 24-year-old son and his athletic and academic achievements. …

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