Hockey a big win­ner

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

A year of ex­pand­ing both se­nior and ju­nior com­pe­ti­tions, start­ing a pro comp and ex­tend­ing its pitch led Nickol Bay Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion to win sport­ing group of the year at the City of Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity Sports Awards last Fri­day night.

The an­nual awards night held at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex fea­tured the an­nounce­ment of eight award cat­e­gories as well as some in­spi­ra­tional words from guest speaker, Aus­tralian bas­ket­ball leg­end Michele Timms.

NBHA was awarded the over­all best sport­ing group gong from a record pool of 10 nom­i­nees, out of which Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion and Nickol Bay Speed­way also made the short­list.

The hockey as­so­ci­a­tion’s ju­niors co-or­di­na­tor Steve Cook also won coach of the year.

NBHA sec­re­tary Angela Bal­lan­tyne said it had been a busy year of de­vel­op­ment for the com­mit­tee but they were proud to see their hard work pay­ing off now,

“(With) what we went to with the pro comp and the ju­niors, all of the in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion, it’s been feel­ing like we are def­i­nitely on track,” she said.

“Fin­gers crossed we get a new pitch and we can do hockey the jus­tice in the Pil­bara that it needs done to it.”

Lo­cal soc­cer and BMX were also big win­ners on the night, each with two rep­re­sen­ta­tives claim­ing awards.

Kar­ratha BMX Club mem­bers Alan Kurilowski and Jack­son Tatham won the se­nior and ju­nior sports­man of the year prizes re­spec­tively.

Mean­while, the hard work of soc­cer club mem­bers be­hind the scenes was ac­knowl­edged, with Derek and He­len Wingeatt tri­umph­ing in the night’s most com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gory of vol­un­teer of the year, which at­tracted 22 nom­i­na­tions, and ref­eree Peter South­ern be­ing named best of­fi­cial.

Net­baller Karolyn Har­tung was awarded sportswoman of the year, and soft­ball player Ge­orgina Bushby won best ju­nior sportswoman. Two long ser­vice in sport recog­ni­tion awards were given to Cassie Perry and Karen Lom­bardo for 20 years of con­tri­bu­tion each to lo­cal bas­ket­ball and touch rugby re­spec­tively.

Timms spoke about her ca­reer in an en­ter­tain­ing ques­tion-an­dan­swer ses­sion with City of Kar­ratha club de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Natalie May that cov­ered how she got her start in bas­ket­ball, her favourite play­ing mo­ments and her up­com­ing in­duc­tion into the Aus­tralian Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame.

She also spoke at a sportsper­sons break­fast and ran Kar­ratha Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion de­vel­op­ment squads clin­ics ear­lier in the day.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Bas­ket­ball leg­end Michele Timms, back, third from left, with the 2016 City of Kar­ratha Com­mu­nity Sports Awards win­ners.

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