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Hedland Sporting Stars Celebrated on the Podium

Published: Monday, 3 December 2018 at 9:13:20 AM

Talent, ambition and sportsmanship have been recognised at the 2018 Hedland Community Sports Awards, held at Wanangkura Stadium last night.

These awards were made possible by Norwest Crane Hire, Dynamic Pools, Pilbara Ports Authority, Coongan Training, Rio Tinto, Fortescue Metals Group, Itochu and Young's Earthmoving.

Olympic World Record Holder Libby Trickett was the special guest, joined by Kevin Michel MLA, Stephen Dawson MLC and Mayor Camilo Blanco.

The Awards delivered on the Town’s commitment to foster an inclusive and involved community, with well utilised and valued facilities.

An independent panel of judges assessed nominees from a range of codes, some of whom have been involved in local clubs for over a decade.

Mayor Camilo Blanco congratulated the nominees and award recipients for contributing to Hedland’s sporting culture.

“It was an honour to be involved with the Awards, and I had the chance to meet with the nominees and express my thanks.

“Here in Hedland, we are lucky to be home to so many wonderful sporting clubs and organisations, all made possible by the hard work of volunteers.

“Bethany Denney from Junior Soccer was awarded Junior Sportswoman of the Year, and Matthew Stewart from Hedland Reds was awarded Junior Sportsman of the Year: these awards recognised the exceptional sporting talent shown by our young people.

“Timara Simpson from Hedland Softball was awarded Sportswoman of the Year, and Rey Tuando from Hedland Taekwondo was awarded Sportsman of the Year: these people demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship, athleticism and talent in 2018.

“Brad Pawlenko from Hedland Water Polo Association was awarded Official of the Year, and Teneal Russell from Port Hedland Netball Association was awarded Coach of the Year: these people demonstrated leadership and vision to inspire fellow club members and the community.

“Josh Nannup from South Hedland Swans was awarded Volunteer of the Year, going above and beyond the call of duty by giving countless hours in kind to raising the profile and viability of his Club.

“Club of the Year went to Hedland Taekwondo, in recognition of how far they’ve come as a Club and the impact they’ve had on the community at large.

“I’d like to once again congratulate all the award recipients for their contributions to Hedland’s sporting culture, and for showing leadership in the community and inspiring others.”

For media information:
Laura Hawes
Manager Marketing Communication and Events
(08) 9158 9365 | lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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