Karate in­struc­tor, swim­mer achieve­ments recog­nised

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - Ai­den Boy­ham

The City of Kwinana re­cently held its an­nual Sports Per­son of the Year Awards, with Shane Hae­bick and Ethan McAleese tak­ing out the two ma­jor awards.

Eleven peo­ple were nom­i­nated for their out­stand­ing achieve­ments and com­mit­ment to sport in the com­mu­nity, with Hae­bick crowned Sports Per­son of the Year.

A mem­ber of the Go-Kan-Ryu Karate Club in Kwinana, Hae­bick’s suc­cess came through his work as an in­struc­tor and his abil­ity in help­ing mem­bers both young and old de­velop their skills.

The 23-year-old said his suc­cess came as a real sur­prise.

“It was ex­cit­ing — I’d never been nom­i­nated for some­thing like this be­fore,” Hae­bick said.

“I was nom­i­nated by a cou­ple of my stu­dents so I didn’t ex­pect it.”

Sev­en­teen-year-old Ethan took home the Ju­nior Sports Per­son of the Year award.

A swim­mer with the Rock­ing­ham Swim­ming Club, Ethan has rep­re­sented WA and Aus­tralia on the in­ter­na­tional stage, in­clud­ing a suc­cess­ful ap­pear­ance with the na­tional team at the 2017 Ju­nior Com­mon­wealth Games in the Ba­hamas.

City of Kwinana mayor Carol Adams said the awards gave the com­mu­nity the chance to recog­nise and praise the achieve­ments of those mak­ing a dif­fer­ence through sport. “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Shane and Ethan on their wellde­served awards,” she said.

“Your achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tions have been fit­tingly recog­nised by the City and we cer­tainly wish you both all the very best for your fu­ture sport­ing en­deav­ours.”

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Ju­nior Sports Per­son of the Year Ethan McAleese.

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