2018 Hawkesbury Sports Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Hawkesbury Sports Awards were announced at a special presentation evening at Lynwood Country Club on Monday, 21 May.

Hawkesbury City Council’s civic award program, proudly sponsored by Lynwood Country Club, acknowledges the sporting accomplishments of community members as well as the contributions of individuals to sporting clubs through support roles.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett congratulated the winners.

“Congratulations to each and every one of you on your amazing sporting achievements, and for your wonderful support to so many fields of sport in the Hawkesbury,” the Mayor said.

“The Hawkesbury Sports Awards program has been run as an annual event since 2004 as a civic award program which was developed to recognise positive contributions to sport in the Hawkesbury.

“My sincere thanks to the members of our Civic and Citizenship Committee who thoughtfully assess every nomination for these awards,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett said.

“I also want to thank the Hawkesbury Sports Council for the contribution that they continue to make by maintaining and managing a wide range of our sporting facilities.”

The winners of the annual Hawkesbury Sports Awards were judged by Council's Civic and Citizenship Committee.

Sports Person of the Year

  • Harrison Thomas

Harrison Thomas has been a member of Swimwest Swimming Club for the past 5 years. His achievements have been improving every year. He has been a representative at Club, Area, Metropolitan, State and just recently National Level. This year he qualified for the Pacific School Games. The Pacific School Games is only held every two years and is the highest achievement you can get through the school swimming pyramid. In Adelaide Harry not only improved again in his times, but he also won a Gold in 50 Meter Butterfly in a time of 25.94 and Silver Medal in the 4 x 50 Meter Freestyle Relay. In this current Swimming Australia Season Ranking, Harry is ranked as having the 4th fastest time for 50 Butterfly and 7th fastest time for 50 Backstroke in the boys 17-18 age group. He is now preparing for competing at this year’s Australian Age Championships which will be held in Sydney this year.

Junior Sports Person of the Year

  • Molly Mamo

Molly’s has had several fantastic achievements. She won gold at the world age gymnastics championships in Bulgaria representing Australia in tumbling 11 to 12 years, 1st place in the State Age Championships in international stream tumbling and double mini Trampoline, 1st place in Nationals in International stream and double mini trampoline 1st place National Clubs competition Level 7. Molly was just named NSW Gymnastics Elite Tumbler of the year in February. This makes Molly world number one in tumbling in her age group 11 to 12 years.

  • Caitlyn Ferrier

Caitlyn competed at the NSW All Schools Championship in October 2017 when she won the Under 16 Girls 400 metres in a new State meet record time of 55.55 seconds. She also won the Under 16 Girls 200 metres, to become State Champion in both the 200 metres and 400 metres, this saw her qualify to compete at the Australian All Schools National titles. Caitlyn became the Australian Under 16 Girls 400 metre Champion at the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in Adelaide in December 2017, this was her first National title, and her winning time of 54.31 seconds was a World Youth Olympic Games Qualifying time. Caitlyn competed at the NSW Junior Athletics Championships in February 2018, winning the Under 17 Girls 400 metre race comfortably, and also took out the Under 17 Girls 200 metres race in a nail-biting finish, to once again finish as State Champion in both the 200 metres and 400 metres. This qualified her to compete at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in March for both events.

All Abilities Sports Person of the Year

  • Madison Cooper

Madison has achieved some fantastic results. She has been competing in the Special Olympics since 2016. Her favourite competition is the 2016 State Swimming Competition which helped her to get chosen to represent NSW at the 2018 National Games in Adelaide. Madison competed in the 2017 NSW 13 and under State Short Course Championships with some fantastic results – she was finalist and had a personal best in the 200m breaststroke. Madison also participated in the relay team at this event.

Senior Sports Person of the Year

  • Heather Lee

Heather started speed walking later in life, at the age of 80years, and although now in her 92nd year she has many Australian and International records to her name. In 2011 at the age of 84 she won four gold medals from the Masters Games in Adelaide. More recently at the Australian Masters Games in Tasmania, Heather broke the World record in her age group for the 3000 Metres at 24 mins 56.7 seconds, breaking the former record by 30 seconds. Heather has been a Hawkesbury Sports Person of the Year and was also selected to take part in the Commonwealth Baton Relay in the Penrith leg. Heather has also been awarded an Order of Australia.

Team of the Year

  • KSTP/NSW High Performance Tumbling Team

The Kachan School Tumbling of Performance - Tumbling Team had a phenomenal year with performance opportunities and competition results at State, National and International level in 2017. The members are: Dima Kachan, Jack Hemmings, Blake Grainger, Damon Louwen, Breanah Cauchi, Molly Mamo, Madison Rodd, Tamia Fonua and Emily Robertson-Hahn. The Team achieved many great results in competitions within Australia - State Senior Championships - Four State Champions, Australian Gymnastics Championships - Five National Champions, and National Clubs Carnival - Five National Clubs Champions. They also attended the World Age Championships in Bulgaria in 2017. The team achieved some fantastic results at the event with a Gold and Silver medal and several other positive results.

Coach of the Year

  • Marilyn Pearson

Marilyn is integral part of the Bilpin Kurrajong Little Athletics Club. Out of the 20 athletes which Marilyn coaches, 18 reached finals or top 8 finishes at the NSW All School Championships in October 2017 – 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze medals and a new State record were achieved. She has coached athletes to success in a wide range of events, from 200m through to 3000m on the track, in addition to 400m Hurdles, 2000m Steeplechase, and Long, High and Triple Jump. There were 16 athletes from Marilyn’s Kurrajong Training Squad who took part in the NSW Junior Athletics Championships in February 2018. Collectively they reached 17 finals, and came away with 3 Gold and 3 Silver medals. Of these 16 athletes, 9 qualified to progress to the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney in March 2018. Marilyn continues to coach former Kurrajong Bilpin athlete Ian Dewhurst, who has performed exceptionally in the 400m Hurdles this season, culminating in a win and National title at the Australian Athletics Championships in February, and resulting in his selection to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast this year. Marilyn gave up her nursing career in order to devote herself to coaching young athletes, and her talent for coaching is clear from the results that her athletes are obtaining. While her outstanding results speak for themselves, her passion and dedication to her athletes, club and the Hawkesbury community is phenomenal.

Sporting Excellence Medallion

  • Taylah Flood

Taylah is a local resident from Yarramundi and has had several fantastic achievements throughout her career in Netball. Being awarded the Pierre De Coubertin Medal is a one of her sporting highlights as is also becoming a member of the Giants Western Sydney Fury Under 20s netball team, which is a fantastic accomplishment.

  • Caleb Fairweather

Caleb is a member of Kurrajong Bilpin Little Athletics Club. He has had several fantastic achievements including U17 2017-2018 Kurrajong Bilpin Little Athletics Male Captain, NSW Little Athletics State Championships Bronze Medal and currently holds the club record for the 300m hurdles. Caleb has also been a valued member of the club for 13 Years.

  • Tully Murphy

Tully is a valued member of the Kurrajong Bilpin Little Athletics Club. Tully’s lists of achievements are outstanding. Some of these include 1st in the Triple Jump Final NSW Little Athletics State Championships, 2nd in the U18’s Triple Jump NSW State Junior championships and currently holds the club record for the 110m Hurdles. Tully has been a member of the Kurrajong Bilpin Little Athletics Club for 9 Years.

Service to Sport Medallion

  • Jennifer Carter (5 years)

Jennifer has been a long term member of Swimwest Swimming Club. Jennifer has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure key club functions go ahead. She has been a committee member for Swimwest, holding positions as Vice President, Secretary, and Club Night Coordinator. Jennifer has also achieved the following officiating accreditations - timekeeper, recorder, starter level 1, check starter, marshal and announcer, and is in training for judge of stroke and inspector of turns.

  • Lochlan Brian (5 Years)

Lochlan has been a member of the Kurrajong Bilpin Little Athletics Club years since 2009. Lochlan has won multiple Club Age champion award. He has the club record in the U17s long Jump and has represented the club at Zone, Region & State level. Lochlan has been a member of many medal winning Little Athletics State relay teams and has also been a school athletics representative at the Combined Catholic College State Championships. Lochlan has shown great dedication to this sport.

  • Kellie Black (10 Years)

Kellie Black has been a part of the Kurrajong Bilpin Little Athletics Club for 12 years. In that time, she has been on the committee for seven years. Kellie has held many jobs within the club, one being time keeper at the finish line, a job that she was passionate about. Kellie’s role as uniforms officer meant she was ordering singlets, tights, shorts, track suits and also kept a record of all club merchandise. When state championships were on, Kellie would collect and ensure all jackets were embroided. Kellie takes a lot of pride in her role.

  • Julia Black (10 Years)

Julia is receiving the Service to Sport for her ongoing commitment to Kurrajong Bilpin Little Athletics Club years from 2006-2018. Julia has won multiple Club Age champion awards and has represented the club at zone, regional and state level. Julia has been a member of many medal winning Little Athletics State relay teams as well as competed in the Little Athletics State Cross country. Julia is also now a Tiny Tots Coordinator. This roles includes her being part of a team of senior Athletes that instruct preschool Athletes in the fundamentals of Athletics.

  • Susan Ferrier (10 Years)

Susan has been a member of Kurrajong Bilpin Little Athletics Club since 2008 to 2017. Susan’s Commitment to the Club is amazing. Some of the positions she has held include: Computer Officer, Zone Representative, Records Officer and Championships Officer. Susan has also been invaluable behind the scenes in many other areas such as the canteen where she orders and collects all the food and beverages required for each Friday night competition.

  • Laurie Fairweather (10 Years)

Laurie became involved initially in the Bilpin Kurrajong Little Athletics Club as Age Manager for his son’s age group and maintained that role for many years. Over the last eight years, Laurie increased his level of commitment to become a much valued committee member. Some of the positions he has held include Grounds Keeper, Zone Representative, Club President, and a role on the McMahon Park Management Committee. Laurie has also been invaluable behind the scenes in many other areas such as assisting with setting up equipment.

  • Stacy Richards (10 Years)

Stacy is a steadfast and dedicated stalwart in the sport of dog agility - both as a successful competitor at State, National and International level, and as a much loved and respected Hawkesbury coach and trainer. Stacy is a member of the Hawkesbury Dog Agility Club at Clarendon, and has been a member and coach of the club for many years. Stacy has also represented NSW in the State Team in not one, but three Agility National competitions. In 2014 Stacy was selected to represent Australia and travelled to Italy where she competed in the World Agility Open. In September 2017 Stacy gained the prestigious ADAA Diamond Handler Award after she successfully gained 500 clear rounds and qualifying cards.

  • Sue Oehm (15 Years)

Sue is a member of Swimwest Swimming Club. In her time as part of Swimwest she has had an integral role in club operations, holding positions as Treasurer and Registrar. She has also achieved the following official accreditations - Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper, Finish Judge, Marshal, Check Starter, Starter Level 1, Recorder, Inspector of Turns, Judge of Stroke and Referee Level 1. Sue has also been Meet Director for all Swimwest carnivals and has been on the committee in other varying roles since her joining the club. Sue is now a life member of Swimwest.

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