A GOLFING prodigy and a champion footballer shared the honours last night for the 2019 West Australian-RAC Sports Star Award.
Golfing sensation Hannah Green, 23, and Fremantle Dockers captain Nathan Fyfe, 28, were announced joint winners of one of WA’s most prestigious sporting trophies at Optus Stadium.
It is the first time since 2005 that the award was shared, when judges couldn’t split Brownlow medallist Ben Cousins and white-water canoe star Robin Bell.
It was the second award for Fyfe after he claimed the title in 2015, following his first Brownlow Medal victory, while Green grabbed her share of the top award with an epic victory in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Green, who won last year’s Greg Norman Medal, joined exalted company in Karrie Webb and Jan Stephenson as the only Australians to have won a major on the tough LPGA Tour.
Rower Hamish Henriques was also crowned the Hyundai Junior Sport Star winner after he teamed with Victorian Harrison Fox to triumph in the under-19 double scull at the World Rowing Junior Championships.
Australian cricket coach Justin Langer beat stiff opposition in Ritchie Smith – Green’s coach – and Trevor Gleeson to be named the KPMG Coach of the Year after the Aussies brought home the Ashes from England for the first time since 2001 while the Perth Wildcats were named team of the year.
Winners in all categories
The West Australian-RAC Sports Star: Hannah Green, Nathan Fyfe
Hyundai Junior Sport Star: Hamish Henriques (rowing)
Channel 7 Perth Team of the Year: Perth Wildcats
KPMG Coach of the Year: Justin Langer (cricket)
Roobix Service to Sport Award – May Campbell Medal: Robert Chalmers (athletics), Christine Polglaze (calisthenics), Kay Lane (golf).
Community TAB Official of the Year: Tyler Miller (rugby)
RAC Insurance Beyond Sport Award – John Gilmour Medal: Fremantle CBC Amateur Football Club
RAC Insurance Community Club of the Year: Quinns Rock Junior Cricket Club
Healthway Healthy Club Award: York Pony Club
6PR Special Achievement Award: Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (golf).