Sport stars and volunteers lauded

Joint Junior Sports Person of the Year winners Sophie Ingledew and Georgia Payne.
Joint Junior Sports Person of the Year winners Sophie Ingledew and Georgia Payne.

THE Mandurah Sports Awards were hosted last week at David Grays Arena.

Nine awards were handed out, including the prestigious Mandurah Sports Person of the Year title, which went to Featherweight boxer Jackson England.

Female Volunteer of the Year AJ Camarda.

England is a state and national champion and trains 15 hours a day.

Another boxer was honoured on the night. Sophie ‘The Bullet’ Ingledew was named joint Junior Sports Person of the Year with sailor Georgia Payne.

Senior Sports Person of the Year Cathy Rayner.

Both girls are looking to competing at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

Ingledew said she found a unique path into the sport when she was a child.

Team of the Year – Mandurah City FC – Women Division 1 Team represented by Fernandez Agudo and Melanie Pashkewitz.

“I watched The Karate Kid with my brother, then went and did karate and it flowed from there,” she said.

Mandurah Dragon Boat Club president Malcolm Anderson was named the Sports Person of the Year with a Disability and said he was proud to have found a sport he and his family could do together.

The Highly Commended award went to sixyear- old BMX rider Memphis McLeod.

“It’s a family affair; we all do it,” he said.

Cathy Raynor won Senior Sports Person of the Year for her Barefoot Water Skiing achievements, while the Peel Thunder Rogers Cup team claimed Junior Sports Team of the Year for their premiership triumph.

The volunteers that keep sport running were also honoured on the night, with Andrea (AJ) Camarda named Female Volunteer of the Year for her work in netball and Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club’s Russell Price winning the Male Volunteer of the Year award.

Sports Person of the Year with a Disability Malcolm Anderson.

Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club was also awarded Club of the Year as well as having its Starfish Nippers program recognised with the Sport Inclusion Award.

Guests sat riveted to their seats as special guest, Olympic pole vaulter Liz Parnova, shared her story.

Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club won the Club of the Year award as well as the Sports Inclusion Award for Starfish Nippers. They were accepted by Darren and Natasha Gollan and Male Volunteer of the Year Russell Price, pictured with Mayor Rhys Williams.

Nate Lansdall provided entertainment and music while Channel 7’s Mark Readings was the MC.