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Herewith a salute from the editors to men and women of all ages who have fairly earned the good opinion of the world of sport, regardless of whether they have yet earned its tallest headlines

Lizanne Kelly, pretty 21-year-old senior at the University of Pennsylvania, comes by both her good looks and athletic ability naturally as the youngest of Philadelphia's famed Kelly family. Captain of Perm's field hockey team, she is the sister of movie actress Grace Kelly and Olympic sculling champion John B. (Jack) Kelly Jr., sister-in-law of Olympic swimmer Mary Freeman, and daughter of two well-known athletes of another day—John B. Kelly Sr., champion oarsman, and the former Margaret Majer, swimmer and squash player. Lizanne is engaged to Don LeVine, former Bethany College football player.

Laurette Young, 20 of Detroit and BOB RHODE, 25, Minneapolis machinist, are national target archery champions for 1954. Blonde, blue-eyed Laurette won her first archery title at 15. Bob didn't win a major tournament until last year. Now both are readying themselves for the world championships in Helsinki next July.

Arnoldo (Johnny) Pekelharing of Buenos Aires got his first sailing permit at 10. Now 18, he is one of Argentina's leading hopes in future international Star class competition. Johnny finished second in last year's South American championships. He cannot leave Argentina to sail because he is still a student in prep school.

Pat Smythe cannot recall ever having had an orthodox riding lesson, yet today at 25 she is England's top woman rider and Sportswoman of the Year. First introduced to horses when she was four, she has won virtually every international jumping title. Vivacious Pat also trains horses and has already written her autobiography in which she says of romance: "I have resistance to rushing fences of marriage."

James Mc Kinney, 17, won the 1954 football Unsung Hero Award, given by McCormick & Company to the Baltimore area schoolboy whose steady play has not made headlines. McKinney was blocking back in Severn School's single-wing attack, starred on defense as a halfback. Columnist Red Smith made the presentation (above).