Fairest and best feted at sports star awards
■ 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.”
Tom Price 2015 Ashburton Sports Awards winners Mason Watts, Liza-Jane Softley, Sally King and Angelino Gemmola.