Gongs given star appeal

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Footballer Jermaine Pickett was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year.
Camera IconFootballer Jermaine Pickett was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year.

Former AFL great Glen Jakovich and AFLW player Dana Hooker visited Kwinana on Friday, August 9 to celebrate the City’s local stars at the Kwinana Sports Person of the Year awards.

Mayor Carol Adams said the awards were an acknowledgement of those who had made significant contributions to the local sporting community in the past 12 months.

“We received numerous nominations for community members who have succeeded in a range of sports, from a local level all the way up to national representation,”she said.

Jermaine Pickett was named junior sports person of the year for his contribution as a star football player and a role model to local youth.

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Club person of the year was awarded to both Michelle Macdonald, of the Kwinana Junior Knights, and Mathew Gorman, of Saints Basketball Club.

“These awards are a way to recognise all the hard work and dedication that our sporting community displays, and mostly on a volunteer basis,” she said.

Ms Adams said sporting clubs were a vital part of the Kwinana community and the City would continue to support them through infrastructure improvements, grants and funding.

During the past financial year, 41 athletes in Kwinana received funding from the City to compete in a wide range of sports. The City also issued nearly 600 KidSport vouchers, amounting to more than $80,000 in funding to get kids into sport and retain them in Kwinana.

To nominate a local hero, search “community awards” on the City’s website.

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