Cel­e­bra­tion of tal­ent and con­tri­bu­tion to sports

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

The best ath­letes, coaches and vol­un­teers in the Ash­bur­ton shire have been ac­knowl­edged at the Ac­tive Ash­bur­ton Sports Star Awards this month.

Two sep­a­rate events were held as part of the awards, one in Parabur­doo on Satur­day, Novem­ber 12, and one in Tom Price the fol­low­ing week, with seven win­ners an­nounced at each lo­ca­tion.

Parabur­doo Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club was the big win­ner at that town’s cer­e­mony, col­lect­ing four prizes in­clud­ing for club of the year.

Club mem­ber Joanne Cun­ning­ham won coach of the year, Kel­lie Reader took home vol­un­teer of the year and Mad­di­son Baker was named ju­nior sports star of the year.

Sportswoman and sports­man of the year were net­baller Ur­sula Koni and foot­ball player Adam Gille­spie, while Parabur­doo Tee­ball Club player Jah­mela Jones won youth sports star of the year.

In Tom Price, the Tom Price Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion won club of the year and was recog­nised for 35 years of ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion. The Tom Price BMX Club had two wins, with Phil Ker­ri­son win­ning coach of the year and Tobi Rush­brook tak­ing home the ju­nior sports star award.

The Crush­ers Cricket Club’s Craig Jones won sports­man of the year and Re­nea Bate­man won the sportswoman of the year award for her in­volve­ment in both soft­ball and net­ball.

The club vol­un­teer of the year was Jody Goesch, while Jack Green won youth sports star of the year.

The awards were pre­sented by the Shire of Ash­bur­ton and Rio Tinto through the Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture and Ser­vices Part­ner­ship.

Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White said sport was a key part of com­mu­nity life in Ash­bur­ton.

“Sport plays such a sig­nif­i­cant role, not just in terms of health and well­be­ing, but in de­vel­op­ing friend­ships, which is essen­tial to the so­cial fab­ric of liv­ing in a re­mote re­gional town,” she said. “We have also had a num­ber of ath­letes rep­re­sent our towns in North West, State and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, which is a great tes­ta­ment to our sport­ing clubs and the sup­port they pro­vide our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Pic­ture: LE's Pho­tog­ra­phy

Tom Price Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers Nicole Haines, Jody Goesch, Mollie Goesch, Re­nea Bate­man and Liza Soft­ley with their Ash­bur­ton sports awards.

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