QUAD BIKER RACES TO TOP AWARD
Quad MX champion Luke Gaisford was named senior sports star of the year at the City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards Gala at Gary Holland Community Centre last Thursday night.
Gaisford, the 2017 ATV national champion and a member of the Australian ATV Quad Cross of Nations team, beat Rockingham-Mandurah cricketer Dane Ugle, triathlete Steve Ware and Rockingham Flames star Maddison Allen to claim the prestigious award.
BMX under-14 world champion Jordan Callum claimed the junior sports star of the year gong for the second successive year, ahead of basketballer Luke Travers, sprinter Sophie White and hockey and baseball hotshot Jarod Crick.
Warnbro Swans integrated sports’ Wayne Hunt was named volunteer of the year, Rockingham Rugby Union Football Club was club of the year and Rockingham City Football Club U13s Metro Division 2 team was named team of the year.
The biggest cheer of the evening was reserved for sport person of the year with disability winner Michael Nvota.
Long-serving athletics coach Bob Chalmers was named the John Brown lifetime achievement memorial award winner.
The field in this award included Warren Boucaut, Brian Kennedy, Verne Klein and Harry Brankstone, with the quintet having a combined 198 years service to sport in the region.
The awards had 57 nominations across seven categories, with athletes and clubs from a variety of sporting backgrounds represented in the final shortlist.
All award nominees and winners shared more than $15,000 worth of prizes.
Mayor Barry Sammels used the occasion to announce Rockingham had been selected to host the Special Olympics WA State Games in October, 2019.
City of Rockingham Senior Sports Star of the Year award winner Luke Gaisford.
Jordan Callum (43) at the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.