Esperance Sports Star Awards: Everybody loves Raymond

RAYMOND Hurley, who has only been involved in rifle shooting for two years, was named Sports Star of the Year 2012 at a presentation dinner on Saturday night.

Mr Hurley said he was surprised to have won.

“Graham Donovan nominated me while I was away in Brisbane at the National Championships,” Mr Hurley said.

“The club is a really friendly club and they lent me the gear to have a go one day,” he said.

Mr Hurley will travel to Canberra on November 19 to participate in trials for the Australian team and if successful will represent Australia in South Africa in April 2013.

Other finalists were Jacqui Tonkin, Kayelene Watts, Karl Gurney and Callum Henderson for hockey, athletics/swimming, volleyball and cricket.

Veteran Sports Star of the Year was Pam Williams who said she was very happy to win the award again for running.

Junior Sports Star of the Year went to squash player Brent Scheer who said it felt great to win the award.

“I am really grateful to Esperance Squash Club for nominating me and to everyone who made tonight possible,” Mr Scheer said.

The Esperance Volunteer Fire and Rescue Juniors won the Department of Sport and Recreation Team of the Year.

The other team nominated was Esperance Senior High School Sailing Team.

Volunteers Lesa Blackham, Carmel Creed, Sally Fox-Slater, Reg Hampel, Marg Campbell, Neville Welke and Meredith Clark were also recognised for their work organising sports events in Esperance. 

Shire of Esperance club development officer Shane Tobin said the annual Horizon Power Sports Star of the Year awards is a celebration of sport in Esperance.

“The night is a great chance to acknowledge the Sporting talent in our region from juniors to veterans and also the perfect opportunity to recognise the Volunteers in Club Land who have been making Sport happen thanklessly for years,” Mr Tobin said.  

The Esperance District Recreation Association (EDRA) committee says it is essential to recognise the importance sport plays our Community. “EDRA encourage clubs to continue playing the game so that they can continue showcasing the talent which hopefully will inspire others to get and stay involved in Sport,” Mr Tobin said.

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