MANDURAH sports stars were recognised for their hard work and achievements at the City of Mandurah’s annual Sports Awards.
Winners of the 2017 Sports Awards were announced at a special gala dinner at Rushton Park.
More than 170 guests attended the third annual sports awards, including 34 finalists from a wide range of sporting activities.
The awards aim to honour local individuals, clubs and teams who have achieved sporting success or have made a significant contribution to sport and recreation in Mandurah.
Mayor Rhys Williams said the City of Mandurah Sports Awards provide a great opportunity to recognise local sports enthusiasts and the importance they play at a grassroots level to connect the community.
“I’m so impressed by the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and local sporting clubs,” he said, adding that there were thousands of people in the community who were passionate about local sport.
“It’s important that we recognise the work that they do and the role they play in nurturing the talents of our future sporting greats. Congratulations to the winners on their outstanding performance both on and off the field over the last 12 months.”
This year, there were 81 nominations and the finalists excelled in their chosen sport across local, regional, state, national and international levels.
The winners were:
Club of the Year: Mandurah Magic Basketball Club;
Team of the Year: Peel Thunder Football Club – Western Australian Football League Team;
Sports Person of the Year: Casey Mihovilovich, Mandurah Magic Basketball Club;
Junior Sports Person of the Year: Georgia Payne, sailing;
Senior Sports Person of the Year: Jim Wood MBE, karate;
Sports Person with a Disability of the Year: Raymond Ellery, soccer;
Ken Phillips Male Volunteer of the Year: Ian Crane, Mandurah Triathlon Club;
Female Volunteer of the Year: Kaz Salter, Fury Basketball Club;
Junior Team of the Year: Mandurah Mustangs Junior Football Club – Youth Girls Year 7-9 Team;
Sporting Hall of Fame inaugural inductee: Rory O’Brien, Australian Rules football;
The Male Volunteer of the Year award was renamed this year in recognition of the inaugural winner in 2015, Ken Phillips, who died recently but made a memorable impact on local sport.