Sports stars shine at awards

Aiden BoyhamSound Telegraph
John Brown Memorial Award recipient Aaron Naughton and Mayor Barry Sammels.
Camera IconJohn Brown Memorial Award recipient Aaron Naughton and Mayor Barry Sammels. Credit: City of Rockingham

The City of Rockingham’s finest athletes, teams, volunteers and clubs gathered at the Gary Holland Community Centre last Thursday night for the 2017 Sports Star Awards, with finalists both young and old recognised for their contributions to local sport.

More than 120 guests were on hand for the occasion, with 24 finalists acknowledged for outstanding achievements in their chosen sport.

Rockingham City Football Club took out the Club of the Year award, while the Singleton Irwinians Cricket Club A-grade team were crowned Team of the Year.

The John Brown Memorial Award, which is proudly sponsored by the Telegraph, was won by talented young football prospect Aaron Naughton.

Senior Sportsperson award winner Steven Ware together with Ted Blackshaw from Baldivis Health and Fitness.
Camera IconSenior Sportsperson award winner Steven Ware together with Ted Blackshaw from Baldivis Health and Fitness. Credit: City of Rockingham

It was a night to remember for Rockingham Triathlon Club stalwart Steven Ware as he took out the Senior Sportsperson award, while Rockingham BMX club rider Jordan Callum took out the Junior Sportsperson trophy.

Outrigger canoeist Leon Larkins took home the award for Sportsperson with a Disability, while Peta Hogarth was recognised for her outstanding contribution to local cricket as she won Volunteer of the Year.

Rockingham City Football Club icon Michael Tetlow won the Outstanding Volunteer Achievement award.

Junior Sportsperson winner Jordan Callum and Brenda Bray from Rockingham F45 Training.
Camera IconJunior Sportsperson winner Jordan Callum and Brenda Bray from Rockingham F45 Training. Credit: City of Rockingham

Mayor Barry Sammels said Sports Star had been a long-running recognition program for teams, volunteers and individuals who expressed a high standard of expertise and skill.

“We have an active and talented sports community, with some of our Sports Stars achieving at State, national and even global levels,” he said.

“It is great to see the tradition continue and I feel honoured to be part of the Sport Star Awards again.

“I would like to congratulate all our finalists as well as this year’s winners.”

In its 21st year, the awards’ prize pool consisted of a total of $20,000, including cash prizes, gift packs, vouchers and personal fitness packages.

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