Award win­ners re­vealed

Southern Telegraph - - News - Clare Ne­gus

The hard yakka of sport­ing stars, clubs, teams and vol­un­teers was cel­e­brated last Thurs­day night at the City of Rock­ing­ham’s 19th an­nual Sports Star Awards.

With more than 130 guests at the Gary Hol­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, in­clud­ing the 50 fi­nal­ists from all walks of life, the event ac­knowl­edged out­stand­ing achieve­ments across a range of sports.

Marathon pad­dler Brett McDon­ald, who along with his three­man team Un­brok3n won the 2015 Avon De­scent, was awarded the John Brown Me­mo­rial Award.

The award was named af­ter the for­mer Tele­graph editor, ac­knowl­edg­ing his love of sports re­port­ing and show­cas­ing lo­cal tal­ent.

McDon­ald was clearly sur­prised to win the tro­phy and thanked his wife for en­abling him to spend so much time train­ing.

“It’s ac­tu­ally re­ally nice to get an award tonight be­cause we up­set the or­gan­is­ers (of the Avon De­scent) by win­ning be­cause it was the first time a K3 had won in the race’s 42-year history,” he said.

“They were caught short at the pre­sen­ta­tions and didn’t have any­thing for us — not even a towel.”

McDon­ald said he was a rel­a­tive late­comer to the team af­ter one of the pad­dlers was in­jured.

“I was the ring-in, I was brought in two months be­fore the race and I felt like a bit of a fraud,” he said.

“The guy in the mid­dle of the boat — ba­si­cally I’m just an en­gine — the guy at the front steers and nav­i­gates, the guy at the back helps to get the back­ground and I just sit there and keep pad­dling.

“I was the older of the three so they were al­ways giv­ing me a hard time be­cause I was whing­ing about how sore I was.” Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels con­grat­u­lated the win­ners on their com­mit­ment.

“Sport and recre­ation means a great deal to many peo­ple and with such lim­ited leisure time these days, the con­tri­bu­tion of team play­ers, in­di­vid­u­als, clubs and teams is so im­por­tant to the fab­ric of our com­mu­nity, pro­vid­ing a healthy way to con­nect, strengthen ties and com­pete with oth­ers,” he said.

“In al­most 20 years of the sports awards it can be said we have a very high stan­dard of ath­letes in our area, with State, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors start­ing their sport­ing ca­reers in Rock­ing- ham over the years. “This year again there was about 50 nom­i­na­tions from a well-rounded cross sec­tion of nom­i­nees with in­ter­na­tional, na­tional, State and lo­cal achieve­ments.

“With­out the sig­nif­i­cant sup­port of their clubs and the time com­mit­ment of the vol­un­teers that run them, these ath­letes would not be able to par­tic­i­pate and achieve as much as they have.

“I would like to thank all the club mem­bers and vol­un­teers who of­fer up their time knowl­edge and ex­per­tise to keep things run­ning.”

Cr Sam­mels said the awards at­tracted sig­nif­i­cant sup­port from the city’s busi­nesses and thanked the on­go­ing back­ing of spon­sors.

“I would like to ac­knowl­edge this year’s spon­sors, which con­trib­uted to a prize pool worth $10,000 — the Sound Tele­graph, Bal­divis Health and Fit­ness, the Ath­lete’s Foot, Rock­ing­ham Shop­ping Cen­tre, Aqua Jetty and F45 Train­ing,” he said.

Pic­tures: Kings­ley Klau/Pho­toCof­fee

Tele­graph sales man­ager John Whit­taker with Brett McDon­ald, win­ner of the John Brown Me­mo­rial Award.

Sami Whit­comb from the Rock­ing­ham Flames women’s bas­ket­ball team ac­cpeted the award for Team of the Year from Brenda Chap­man from F45 Train­ing.

John Carr from the Hill­man Hor­nets Cricket Club was pre­sented with Club of the Year by Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels.

Vol­un­teer of the Year Deb Bird with Le­hane Vallejo from Aqua Jetty.

Ju­nior Sportsper­son Matthew Rams­den.

Sportsper­son with Dis­abil­ity Award win­ner Justin Bettes.

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