A RECORD 64 nominations have been received for the second annual City of Mandurah Sports Awards next Wednesday.
A total of 27 finalists have been selected after excelling in their chosen sport across local, regional, state, national and international levels.
Among them will be the Peel Thunder Football Club, after the club won its first WAFL leagues title in its 19-year history.
Hockey player Marshall Puzey (17) is a nominee for junior sports star of the year and distance swimmer, while Rebekah Weller is a sports person of the year nominee.
Mayor Marina Vergone said the awards provide a great opportunity to recognise local sports enthusiasts.
“There are thousands of people in our community who are passionate about local sports, and the awards highlight their dedication and contribution,” she said.
“The passion and dedication of volunteers and local sporting clubs keep our athletes competitive and strong.
“So it’s also important that we recognise the role they play in nurturing the talents of our future sporting greats.”
Among the volunteers who have been nominated for their contribution to local sport are Annette James and Colin Hale.
The gala event will be held at the Rushton Park Sporting Facility.