Two BMX stars, a boxer and a gymnast have claimed the top honours at this year’s Shire of Roebourne community sports awards held in the Frank Butler Community Centre on November 15.
More than 80 invited guests turned out for the 2014 Futureclubs Community Sports Awards, which are held to recognise outstanding athletic achievements as well as the contribution of volunteers and umpires.
BMX rider Rodney Gethin was named Sportsman of the Year after a 2013 in which he claimed first place finishes in the regional and state titles before finishing sixth in the national championships held in Queensland.
Sportswoman of the year Claire Hale showed her all round athleticism by being the current WA Novice Senior Women’s State Boxing Champion, while also winning Karratha’s City to Surf foot race.
Up-and-coming BMX star Dylan Bennetts claimed the Junior Sportsman award after competing in the BMX world championships and finishing second at the national titles.
Gymnast Erin Gethin was named Junior Sportswoman after picking up third place in the vault discipline at the state titles.
Shire of Roebourne president Peter Long said the awards not only honoured sporting achievements but brought the sports community together to share ideas on how they can grow their organisations.
“Our sporting clubs and associations, players and umpires, volunteers and spectators all play a vital role in ensuring our region is not just a great place to live and work, but also play,” Long said.
“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to sit back and take stock of the year gone by and recognise those people, who make our sporting environment so great.”
Gynastics mentor Janet Nicholson was also an award winner on the night, picking up the Coach of the Year prize, while Mark Pieters took home the Umpire of the Year for his work with junior soccer.
Nominated by members of the public, the awards were judged by a panel of community members and state and local government employees.
The Futureclubs program behind the awards is joint initiative between the Shire of Roebourne, State Government, Lotterywest and Rio Tinto and is designed to help sports associations develop and grow.
Planners behind the state government’s Pilbara Cities vision of building Karratha’s population to 50,000 people see an increase in recreational options as a key step towards attracting more people to live and work in the area.