Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Mandurah sport stars and community sporting heroes will be recognised at the 2018 Mandurah Sports Awards – and nominations are now open.

If you know a talented local sportsperson who has been raising the bar at state, national or international level? If the answer is yes nominate them. If you know a team that is cream of the crop – then nominate them. Importantly, if your club is lucky enough to have a dedicated volunteer stalwart deserving of widespread recognition – then nominate him or her.

The nomination period covers all sporting activity and achievements from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018. But hurry entries close on Friday October 5.

Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams encouraged the community to get behind its sporting heroes and make sure they get the recognition they deserve.

“2018 was a big year for Mandurah sport with numerous local sides tasting success and flying the flag in final fixtures. There were also some outstanding individual sporting achievements and these awards are designed to recognise such impressive feats,” the Mayor said.

“I encourage the community to take the time to submit a nomination so we can continue to grow sport in our region while celebrating the accomplishments of local sportspeople, volunteers, teams and clubs.

“Sport and recreation is about competition but it is also about helping create a stronger, healthier, happier and safer community.

“This is why I am particularly excited about seeing who will win the volunteer awards – volunteers are the glue that hold our community together, and grass roots sporting clubs provide a perfect context for people to contribute to a better community,” the Mayor said.

The City of Mandurah is calling for nominations in the following categories:

o Sportsperson of the Year
o Senior Sportsperson of the Year
o Junior Sportsperson of the Year
o Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
o Team of the Year
o Junior Team of the Year
o Female Volunteer of the Year
o Male Volunteer of the Year

Among the awards, is the Ken Phillips Male Volunteer of the Year award which was launched in 2017 as a tribute to Ken Phillip as the first winner of the Male Volunteer Award in 2015. Mr. Ken Phillips was a passionate volunteer and life Member of the Mandurah Masters Swimming Club.

The Inaugural inductee into the City of Mandurah Hall of Fame, Rory Obrien said With the next generation of athletes coming up I think we should be inspiring them and making sure they want to continue playing and doing what they do.

“It doesn’t matter what the sport is, from lawn bowls to footy to netball and swimming we should be wanting our community to play and represent us and these awards can help make that possible, Mr O’brien said.

The winners of the seven awards will be announced at an official presentation on Wednesday 14 November 2018 at Peel Thunder Football club.