Nominations have closed and the finalists for the Horizon Power Sports Star of the Year awards have been named for 2018.
A total of 25 finalists have been selected from your nominations in the categories of Sports Star of the Year, Veteran Sports Star of the Year, Junior Sports Star of the Year and Team of the Year.
The achievements of the finalists will be highlighted in the the annual Celebration of Sport due to be held at the Civic Centre on Saturday, November 3.
Once again the judges will have a tough job selecting the Horizon Power Sports Star of the Year from the following successful finalists: Brendon White (football), Raymond Hurley (rifle shooting), Tenique Tucker (netball), and Alli McArthur (hockey).
The Shire of Esperance Veteran Sports Star of the Year will be selected from these well-known sporting identities: Corey Bennier (football), Kathleen Donovan (surf lifesaving), Marc Payne (motocross) and Des Neale (clay target shooting).
The Telstra, Junior Sports Star of the Year awards have a large field of up and coming local talent including: Rhys Wood (football), Tom Tate (fishing), Ben Murgatroyd (swimming), Frankie Kennedy (netball), Cian Wicker (ultimate frisbee), Lachlan Newman (football), Sophie Walker (little athletics), Jacob Wagenknecht (cricket), Rhal Selway (motocross), William Wildberger (tennis), Luke Greatrex (tennis), Rydn Rea-Anothnysz (soccer) and Zoe Maccan (running). All the junior and senior finalists have excelled in their chosen sport and most compete and a high level in a number of other sports.
The awards have a Department of Sport and Recreation, Team of the Year category that was introduced in 2010 and this year we have five successful finalists: Gibson Football Club Senior teams, Esperance Sharks volleyball team, Esperance Netball Association team, Esperance Sea Dragons swimming team and South East Coastal Bowling league.
The Horizon Power Sports Star of the Year awards is also a chance for clubs to recognise volunteers that have been going above and beyond in our community. This year we have four Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre, Volunteer Service to Sport nominations and they include Cameron Willsher (motocross), Rebecca Cole (netball), Don Murray (sailing) and David Greatrex (tennis). There is no outright winner in this category because as far as making sport happen they are all winners.
Also the Esperance District Recreation Association (EDRA) Sports Star committee may even be inducting the 12th EDRA Hall of Fame recipient during the evening.
As mentioned the awards will be held on Saturday, November 3 and is sure to be another entertaining evening. The night includes a sports quiz, door prize and you also get the chance to bid for some Telstra Store Esperance quality products along with a Rex Airlines flight and other auction items.
Nominees can expect complimentary tickets in the mail over the next few days. For clubs, family and friends, tickets include a 3-course meal for $70 with a $35 option for children on the Saltwater catering menu and are available at Rigney and Associates on Windich Street. Contact Shane Tobin on 0418 557 397 for more info.