Basketball, soccer and swimming big winners at 2019 City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards

Staff ReportersSound Telegraph
Volunteer of the Year Warren Boucat addresses a packed Gary Holland Community Centre during the awards.
Camera IconVolunteer of the Year Warren Boucat addresses a packed Gary Holland Community Centre during the awards. Credit: City of Rockingham

Representatives from basketball, wheelchair basketball, soccer and swimming organisations were recognised on Thursday last week for their outstanding achievements at the 2019 City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards.

More than 100 guests attended the awards at the Gary Holland Community Centre for the 23rd annual Sports Star Awards, where the City acknowledged the clubs and people who have excelled in their chosen sports.

Swimmer Holly Barratt took out the coveted Senior Sports Star of the Year award, while teen Rockingham Flames star Luke Travers was named Junior Sports Star of the Year.

It was a successful night for the Flames, named Club of the Year and president Warren Boucaut Volunteer of the Year, while the club’s development officer Kevin Corbitt won the John Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award.

John Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award winner Kevin Corbitt and Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin.
Camera IconJohn Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award winner Kevin Corbitt and Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin. Credit: City of Rockingham

Rockingham City Football Club’s first team was recognised for its successful debut season in the National Premier Leagues WA, winning the Team of the Year Award, while wheelchair basketballer Ben Sainsbury was named Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated the seven winners and the 22 finalists on their accomplishments during the awards.

Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Ben Sainsbury with Cr Joy Stewart.
Camera IconSportsperson of the Year with a Disability Ben Sainsbury with Cr Joy Stewart. Credit: Pictures: City of Rockingham, City of Rockingham

“Sport is a vital element in creating a physically and mentally healthy community and the Sports Star Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the athletes, clubs and volunteers who excel in their respective sporting codes,” Mr Sammels said.

The Sports Star Awards began in 1997 and have continued to grow each year, becoming one of the premier events on the local sporting calendar.

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