TOP TEAMS TO CLASH Top guns share honours
SPORTS STAR AWARDS
Star golfer Connor Fewkes and clay-target champion Royce Normington were last night named joint senior winners at the annual Hahn Electrical Goldfields Sports Star of the Year Awards.
It was the first time since the awards were resurrected in 2002 that two athletes had shared the honour.
In September, Fewkes cruised to an 11-shot victory in the Goldfields Junior Desert Open.
It occurred just weeks after the State team member easily defended his Goldfields Golf Club championship.
Fewkes’ win at the Australian Boys’ Amateur Championships in April guaranteed him a place alongside the elite players contesting this year’s Australian Open.
The left-hander finished that event two shots clear at the top of the leaderboard and he also captained the State boys’ team at the Australian Junior Interstate Series.
Normington is a 16-year veteran in his sport who in April officially becoming the fourth-best trap shooter in the world.
He emerged from the world championships in Wagga Wagga equal third with Victorian Steve Atkins, which forced a shoot-off.
The shoot-off featured 25-target rounds until someone missed.
In an epic battle, 175 targets flew before Normington dropped a shot and Atkins grabbed third place.
Normington is following the path of his father Mark, who is an Eastern Goldfields Clay Target Club life member.
His formative years in the sport were spent tagging along with his dad at the club’s old range off Hannan Street, where the City Of Kal- goorlie-Boulder offices are now situated. Also last night, Fewkes and brilliant eight ball exponent Jasely-Jean Dimer were joint winners of the 2018 rising star award.
In June, Dimer’s dramatic rise continued at the junior world championships in England when he was officially crowned among the very sport.
The 18-year-old captained Australia in Blackpool after starring at the same titles last year on his international debut.
Australia finished as the teams runners-up behind eventual world champions England after dropping the final, 13-9. Dimer was best in the fourth in the outright world seedings and named in the World Team.
Four local stalwarts were honoured in the service to sport category.
They were Graeme Davis (Goldfields Football League Umpires’ Association); Rikki-Lee Rigby (hockey); Robyn Fowler (netball, T-ball, baseball) and Eddie Wright (hockey). Athletics and swimming star Evan Lowin-Bock won the person with a disability award and hockey player Judy Bailiff won the masters sports star award.
Eastern Goldfields Hockey Association’s Year 7-8 girls representative line-up were judged team of the year.
Connor Fewkes Royce Normington