Young and disabled stars honoured

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard (left) and Greg Hire (right) with attendees at the 2014 Sports Awards.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard (left) and Greg Hire (right) with attendees at the 2014 Sports Awards.

Held at the Currambine Community Centre, the event was for junior sports stars or people of any age living with a disability who had been successful in receiving a grant from the City of Joondalup in the past year to help with the cost of competing at these levels.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the program demonstrated the city’s commitment to helping junior sports stars and providing local sport and recreation opportunities.

Perth Wildcats forward and former Wanneroo Wolves player Greg Hire was the guest speaker at the City of Joondalup event.

‘Hopefully all the athletes took something away from Greg’s speech and they continue to chase their dreams and goals, and succeed in becoming stars of the future,’ Mr Pickard said.

Previous recipients of the Joondalup Sporting Achievement Grant include Australian female athlete of the year Kim Mickle, West Coast Eagles forward Jack Darling, Major League Baseballer Liam Hendriks and Sydney Kings basketballer Cody Ellis.

‘While this year’s Sports Awards were taking place, over in Dubai another recipient of the Joondalup Sporting Achievement Grant, Jaron Morgan, was leading the Australian under-19 cricket team to victory against the West Indies in the quarter final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup,’ Mr Pickard added.

Last year, 194 eligible athletes received more than $27,000 from Joondalup Sporting Achievement Grants.