Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club takes top gong in Rockingham Sports Star awards


Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club vice-president Terry Arnold with sponsor Ted Blackshaw of Baldivis Health and Fitness. Right: Holly Barratt was the senior sportsperson of the year. Pictures: Kingsley Klau
Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club takes top gong in Rockingham Sports Star awards
Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club vice-president Terry Arnold with sponsor Ted Blackshaw of Baldivis Health and Fitness. Right: Holly Barratt was the senior sportsperson of the year. Pictures: Kingsley Klau

THE Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club won the club of the year in the 20th annual City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards.

The club had a stellar 2015-16 season, winning two premierships and registering 240 new players from In2Cricket juniors to senior teams.

It has a number of proactive, passionate volunteers who have created a family-friendly culture. The club has also encouraged more females to play the sport.

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the club had the potential to be one of the biggest clubs in the Peel region with the growth estimated in the area.

“They have traditional and modified programs to include everyone and constantly develop and grow these programs to increase their membership,” he said.

Local swimmer Holly Barratt won senior sportsperson of the year after winning gold in the 50m butterfly and bronze in the 50m backstroke at the Australian Championships in April.

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She also won three silver medals at the FINA World Cup in 2015.

At the State level, Barratt won a gold and three silver medals at the SunSmart Open State Championships in December 2015.

Last month she won two gold medals at the WA State Open Championships.

Cr Sammels said Barratt was a great role model to younger members of Rockingham Swimming Club.

He congratulated all the winners on their outstanding performances on and off the field over the previous 12 months.

“It has been fantastic to see such a high standard of athletes being nominated for the Sports Star Awards this year,” Cr Sammels said.

“Every year the level of talent we have in Rockingham continues to amaze me, and I feel proud to be part of such a talented community.

“Over the past 20 years of the Rockingham Sports Star Awards, we have seen world, national, state, regional and local competition level champions come through these doors, showing the calibre of our home grown talent.”

He said the judging for the awards was getting tougher each year.

“Our 2016 nominations upheld the tradition of outstanding performances, sportsmanship and volunteering,” he said.

This year’s prize pool consisted of a total of $20,000, including cash prizes, shopping centre vouchers and personal fitness packages.

With more than 150 guests and 33 finalists from all walks of life, the event acknowledges those who have individually, or as part of clubs, shown outstanding achievements in their chosen sport.