West Australian athletes recognized in ANZ Sports Star Awards
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 December, 2013 -- The ANZ Sports Star Awards - Western Australia’s premier sports awards, took place last night at the Crown Grand Ballroom and featured a number of WA surfers as finalists in various categories.
The awards, which enable the WA community to recognize excellence in sport and celebrate the achievements of WA sportspeople, brought together athletes, coaches, volunteers and administrators from all of the different sporting codes in WA.
Yallingup’s Taj Burrow was a finalist for the pinnacle award – The West Australian ANZ Sports Star Award, for his performance not only this year, but throughout his career. Burrow unfortunately missed out on winning the top spot to athletic’s Kimberley Mickle.
Margaret River’s Jacob Willcox, who is becoming a household name in the sport, was one of six finalists in the running for the Railtrain Junior Sports Star Award. Despite a seemingly unbeatable list of achievements, Jacob was pipped by Rowing’s Alexandra Hagan and Hannah Vermeersch.
Of the nine Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) nominated Emerging Regional Junior Sports stars, two of our surfing contingent were recognized.
Carnarvon’s Marnie Durant (14) was nominated for the Gascoyne region by DSR Gascoyne Regional Manager Salvatore Siciliano for her acheivements in surfing.
“Even though she’s from a small town and a small community, this is an excellent achievement that will help raise the profile of women in sport in the Gascoyne region and hopefully this award opportunity will inspire others to follow her example,” Siciliano said.
From the other side of the state, Denmark’s Lachy Ross (15) was nominated for the Great Southern region by DSR Great Southern Regional Manager Chris Thompson.
“Lachlan has been identified as an emerging, talented athlete with great potential. He’s an example of good, raw talent from the south-coast mixing it with the best,” Said Thompson.
With surfers across a broad age group and stage of their career from right across the state being recognized at WA’s most prestigious sporting awards, it’s clear that surfing is seen as a sport to be taken seriously with a growing talent pool in WA.
“The number of finalists that surfing had in the awards is a testament to the standard of the sport and it’s athletes in WA,” said Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane.