Awards night in Wick­ham

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Kelly Nunn has won the cit­i­zen of the year award at Wick­ham’s an­nual com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion last week­end.

The two-day cel­e­bra­tion fea­tured the crowd-favourite celebrity cricket match, mar­kets and rides at the oval on Fri­day night be­fore Boom Crash Opera took the stage the next evening.

Mrs Nunn, who is in­volved in seem­ingly ev­ery sports club, chil­dren’s group and lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion in Wick­ham, was one of five award win­ners.

Wick­ham Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Fiona WhiteHar­tig said the town would not func­tion with­out peo­ple like Mrs Nunn.

“We had quite a few wor­thy nom­i­na­tions, but Kelly stood out be­cause of the num­ber of vol­un­teer roles she holds in the com­mu­nity and the help she pro­vides to all the groups,” she said.

“Things like kids’ sports and the play­group are so im­per­a­tive to a small coun­try town like ours and we wouldn’t cope with­out her.”

Ms White-Har­tig said the WCA and other com­mu­nity groups had worked tire­lessly to put the event to­gether.

“Ob­vi­ously we had our fund­ing cut sig­nif­i­cantly due to the Birra Birra camp emp­ty­ing, so we couldn’t put on as big a show as we would have liked, but it’s not all about the celebri­ties,” she said.

“I think the com­mu­nity ap­pre­ci­ates the night and it is im­por­tant for us to do th­ese events.

“We have lots of new fam­i­lies in town, so this was an op­por­tu­nity to (meet peo­ple) for them.”

The ju­nior sportsper­son of the year award went to Ken­dall Tay­lor and Tim Ren­ton was given the nod for the se­nior cat­e­gory.

The ju­nior cit­i­zen of the year award was won by Me­gan Kay.

Mrs White-Har­tig said Ms Kay had vol­un­teered her time to the com­mu­nity from a young age.

Wick­ham OBs Club was awarded the com­mu­nity group of the year for its tire­less work in rais­ing thou­sands of dol­lars for char­ity through a se­ries of events.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kelly Nunn ac­cepts her award from cham­pion ex-foot­ballers Chris John­son, Robert DiPier­domenico and Doug Hawkins.

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