Fairest and best feted at sports star awards

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Ali­cia Perera

■ The Shire of Ash­bur­ton has recog­nised its best and fairest at the 2015 Ac­tive Ash­bur­ton Sports Star Awards.

The Shire, in part­ner­ship with Rio Tinto, re­cently held two sep­a­rate cer­e­monies in Parabur­doo and Tom Price to ac­knowl­edge lo­cal ath­letes’ con­tri­bu­tions across the five cat­e­gories of best sports­man, sportswoman, coach, youth sportsper­son and ju­nior sportsper­son of the year.

The list of win­ners across both towns spoke for the wide range of sports in Ash­bur­ton.

In Parabur­doo, foot­baller Adam Gille­spie and soft­baller Pet­rina Inje were named sports­man and woman of the year, while Melissa Sci­afe was named top coach for her work in T-ball.

Tom Price’s win­ners in­cluded wa­ter polo player Ma­son Watts for the sports­man ti­tle, net­baller Liza-Jane Soft­ley for the sportswoman ti­tle and Sally King (gym­nas­tics) for the coach ti­tle.

Awards for Pan­na­won­ica’s sports stars will be an­nounced on Aus­tralia Day. Nom­i­na­tions are still open.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said the awards cel­e­brated the com­mu­ni­ties’ ev­ery­day sport­ing he­roes.

“For many, sport is the lifeblood of our com­mu­ni­ties and we have many clubs and as­so­ci­a­tions which, through a group of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, pro­vide a va­ri­ety of com­pe­ti­tions for all age groups,” she said. “The awards are a nice way to say thank you.”

Rio Tinto Tom Price oper­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Anna Wi­ley said Rio was pleased to be in­volved in the awards.

“In re­gional ar­eas like Tom Price and Parabur­doo, sport­ing teams and clubs are like sec­ond fam­i­lies,” she said.

“Strong friend­ships and bonds are formed over many years, so it’s great to see th­ese pas­sion­ate peo­ple cel­e­brated.”

Pic­ture: Shire of Ash­bur­ton

Tom Price 2015 Ash­bur­ton Sports Awards win­ners Ma­son Watts, Liza-Jane Soft­ley, Sally King and An­gelino Gem­mola.

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