Horizon Power Sports Star of the Year Awards a celebration of Esperance talent

Hockey superstar Alli McArthur has been named the 2019 Horizon Power Sports Star of the Year for the second year running.

McArthur was recognised for her stellar performance, work behind the scenes and mentoring of younger players.

She has represented Esperance Hockey in Sinagpore, competed in the Australian Country U21s team in Fiji and will compete in Malaysia in 2020.

She competed in the Women's Country Week Carnival, Australian Country Championships and is womens captain of the Esperance Hockey Association.

McArthur thanked her sponsors, teammates and family for their support.

"I've been extremely lucky again this year," she said.

"I've been overwhelmed with support from my local club, the Emus.

"They've fundraised for me to go to Malaysia, which is pretty incredible because those competitions cost an arm and a leg."

Esperance District Recreation Association committee member David Rigney kicked off the awards, taking a moment to recognise the generous spirit of the Esperance sporting community.

"Local high achievers are so generous with their knowledge and advice, you can be participating on the track, field, course or bay with someone who also currently competes at state or national, open or world ranked competition," he said.

Shire of Esperance president Ian Mickel thanked the awards committee, Horizon Power, local businesses and volunteers.

"I congratulate all of the people who have been nominated, you are already a winner," he said.

"I'd like to thank all the volunteers who are involved with sport, they are all essential members of the community and are as equally important as sportspeople themselves."

Michael Vickers of the Esperance Taekwondo Academy was inducted into the Sporting Hall of Fame for his impressive career spanning multiple decades and disciplines.

He has been a committed member of Esperance Taekwondo for 34 years and competed in multiple national and international championships.

He is currently a seventh band black belt, a feat that requires a minimum of 25 years training and holds two national black belt titles.

Despite his colossal list of achievements, Mr Vickers remained humble.

"It's not just about my doing, its about everyone working together," he said.

"Thanks to all those people who have supported me."

Stella Wildberger took home Junior Sports Star of the Year for her state and national achievements in tennis.

Wildberger represented WA in the 2019 Australia Made Foundation Cup in Victoria, won the Under 12s doubles in the East Side Classic and the Mooloolaba Junior Championships, and represented the state in the School Sports WA Bruce Cup.

Fourteen hardworking volunteers took to the stage for the Volunteer Service to Sport category, representing Esperance's diverse range of sporting clubs, from Surf Life Saving to badminton.

Esperance Sporting Hall of Fame member Gail Anderson was awarded Veteran Sports Star of the Year for her continued performance and commitment to hockey.

Anderson was recognised for achievements such as vice captaining the WA Masters over 60s Hockey Team to a bronze in the National Championships, her gold medal win in the Australian over 65s Trans Tasman Team and Masters Hockey WA award for outstanding contributions to hockey.

Sailing crew Anger Management took home Team of the Year for their remarkable performance and preparation for the 2018 Sydney to Hobart Race.

Skipper Tim Stewart thanked his crew for their commitment.

"I picked probably eight of the best sailors in Esperance and we could just rely on each other when things were going bad," he said.

"We had a magnificent three and a half days, it was absolutely magic.

"It was probably the best team that I had been involved in my entire life."

For a full list of the 2019 Horizon Power Sports Star of the Year award finalists, click here.