Menai District Sports Awards Celebrate 13 Years of Local Sporting Success
Billy Burke from Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club has been crowned the 2017 Sports Star of the Year at the 13th annual Menai District Sports Awards, beating out a strong field of finalists across athletics, basketball and cricket.
A spectacular awards dinner was held at Club Central Menai to celebrate the event which has been acknowledging the best in local sport across individual and team categories for the past 13 years.
“Our Menai District Sports Awards have a proud tradition of unearthing local stars amongst junior and senior athletes and celebrating their successes from the sporting season. It’s also a chance for us to recognise the significant contribution that sporting clubs and their members make to the community,” said Brian Roberts, Club Central Vice President.
“Since 2004 the Menai District Sports Awards have recognised more than 500 outstanding local sporting clubs, their athletes and future sporting stars. This year a total of 52 nominations were received across individual and team categories,” he said.
Awards were presented across eleven categories ranging from junior and rookie sports stars, senior individuals and teams as well as hard working club representatives and volunteers.
The Junior Male Sports Person of the Year is Kobi Sharp from Illawong Senior Athletic Club, with Jordan Taylor from Bangor Tigers Junior AFL Club coming in as runner up. Imogen Stewart from Illawong Little Athletics won the title of Junior Female Sports Person of the Year, with Charlotte Wells from Jenko Sutherland Shire Pony Club declared runner up.
In the category of Rookie Sports Person of the Year, Tomas Faulkner from Illawong Little Athletics was named Male Rookie of the Year, with Nate Burton from Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club the runner up. Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club continued its strong showing with Michaela Canavan declared the Female Rookie Sports Person of the Year and Hannah Youssef the runner up.
A field of five finalists fought it out for Junior Male Sporting Team of the Year with the Aquinas Colts 11a team named the winner and Menai Rugby Union Club’s Under 13s team the runner up. In the Female Sporting Team of the Year, Illawong Senior Athletics Club’s Under 18 4x high jump relay team took out the title, with the Aquinas Colts’ Under 13 team declared the runner up.
The Menai Hawks Under 21As were victorious as the Senior Male Sporting Team of the Year, with the Open Mens team from Menai Rugby Union Club the runners up. In the Female Sporting Team of the Year, the Barden Ridgebacks Football Club fielded two finalists with the Senior Women’s C team taking out the title and Illawong Senior Athletic Club the runners up.
The 2017 Sporting Club of the Year was a hard-fought battle with Illawong Baseball Club sharing the title with Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club, with Bangor Football Club and Barden Ridgebacks Football Club the other worthy finalists.
Finally, the Sporting Club Person of the Year was Judith Wilson representing the Menai Hawks Netball Club, with Karen Kerr from the same club declared the runner up amongst a large field of seven finalists representing six different sports.
“We congratulate all nominees, finalists, runners up and winners in the 2017 Menai District Sports Awards.
“Club Central is proud to have been recognising the depth of local sporting talent in the Menai District for the past 13 years. The Sutherland Shire has a strong sporting culture and it is great to see the tradition of playing sport being shared by so many and passed on to new generations each year,” Brian Roberts, Club Central Vice President said.
MENAI DISTRICT SPORTS AWARDS – FULL LIST OF FINALISTS & WINNERS
|Junior Male Sports Person of the Year|
|Winner||Kobi Sharp||Illawong Senior Athletic Club|
|Runner Up||Jordan Taylor||Bangor Tigers JAFC|
|Finalist||Connor Murphy||Illawong Little Athletics|
|Finalist||Boyd Verus||Menai Rooster Junior Rugby League Club|
|Junior Female Sports Person of the Year|
|Winner||Imogen Stewart||Illawong Little Athletics|
|Runner Up||Charlotte Wells||Jenko Sutherland Shire Pony Club|
|Finalist||Michaela Canavan||Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club|
|Finalist||Tomysha Clark||Illawong Senior Athletic Club|
|Male Rookie Sports Person of the Year|
|Winner||Tomas Faulkner||Illawong Little Athletics|
|Runner Up||Nate Burton||Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club|
|Finalist||Cruz Dennis||Illawong Little Athletics|
|Finalist||Kai Unluturk||Menai Dragons Basketball Club|
|Female Rookie Sports Person of the Year|
|Winner||Michaela Canavan||Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club|
|Runner Up||Hannah Youssef||Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club|
|Junior Male Sporting Team of the Year|
|Winner||Colts 11a Team||Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club|
|Runner Up||Menai Rugby U13s||Menai Rugby Union Club|
|Finalist||U15 State Relays Jump Team||Illawong Little Athletics|
|Finalist||U14 White Rockets||Menai Dragons Basketball Club|
|Finalist||Under 18 4x high jump relay||Illawong Senior Athletic Club|
|Junior Female Sporting Team of the Year|
|Winner||Under 18 4x high jump relay||Illawong Senior Athletic Club|
|Runner Up||Aquinas Colts U13||Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club|
|Senior Male Sporting team of the Year|
|Winner||Menai Hawks U21As||Menai Hawks Football Club|
|Runner Up||Open Mens||Menai Rugby Union Club|
|Finalist||Illawong Baseball Club 1st grade||Illawong Baseball Club|
|Finalist||Aquinas Colts U15a||Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club|
|Senior Female Sporting Team of the Year|
|Winner||Senior Womens C||Barden Ridgebacks Football Club|
|Runner Up||Open 4x high jump relay||Illawong Senior Athletic Club|
|Finalist||Flames Senior B3||Flames Netball Club|
|Finalist||Senior Womens F||Barden Ridgebacks Football Club|
|Sporting Club of the Year|
|Illawong Baseball Club|
|Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club|
|Finalist||Bangor Football Club|
|Finalist||Barden Ridgebacks Football Club|
|Sporting Club Person of the Year|
|Winner||Judith Wilson||Menai Hawks Netball club|
|Runner Up||Karen Kerr||Menai Hawks Football Club|
|Finalist||Mina Favotto||Menai Dragons Basketball|
|Finalist||Andrew Matheson||Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club|
|Finalist||Kim Grace||Barden Ridge Netball Club|
|Finalist||Janice Dufficy||Alfords Point Ladies Social Golf Club|
|Finalist||Jan Dutton||Bangor Barden Ridge Cricket Club|
|Sports Star of the Year|
|Winner||Billy Burke||Aquinas Colts Junior Rugby League Club|
|Runner Up||Alicia Keir||Illawong Senior Athletic Club|
|Finalist||Madeleine Norris||Menai Dragons Basketball Club|
|Finalist||Ben Weldon||Illawong Menai Cricket Club|