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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.

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