Sports stars of Ashburton crowned
The Shire of Ashburton in conjunction with the Department of Sport and Recreation held a Sporting Representatives Evening and Presentation night for the 2007-2008 Shire of Ashburton Sports Star of the Year on Thursday 4 December 2008.
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The night was a huge success with approximately 40 people from a wide range of sporting organisations attending, from both Tom Price and Paraburdoo.
The event aimed to give sporting clubs the opportunity to learn about funding opportunities and facility developments, and allowed each club to interact with other clubs and discuss issues and upcoming events.
Honorable guests who spoke on various agenda items included Victor Bellotti from the Department of Sport and Recreation, Bradley Isbister from Rio Tinto, Vice President for the Shire of Ashburton Cr Linton Rumble, Tom Price Pool Manager Ray Martin and the Executive Manager of Community and Economic Services for the Shire of Ashburton Larry Softley, who was Master of Ceremonies.
This is the first time in many years that the council has run the Sports Star of the Year Awards, an awards night which has inspired great interest within the community.
The Shire of Ashburton Senior Sports Star of the Year for 2007-2008 was awarded to Krystal Morton of Paraburdoo for her involvement and dedication to improving Women's Softball within the town and the Shire of Ashburton.
Junior Sports Star of the Year for 2007-2008 was awarded to Kiahna Gale of Tom Price for her outstanding achievements in the sports of swimming and netball.
Applications this year were of very high standard and were judged by a panel of five judges appointed by the Shire of Ashburton from various towns and with different involvements with the shire and its communities.
DSR Manager Pilbara Nick Sloan said within the four towns that made up the Shire of Ashburton, there was exceptional sporting talent, both in senior levels and junior levels in all sports.
"This talent should be recognised and rewarded," he said. "The way to do this is to nominate these people for this award.
"We hope to receive more nominees for next year's Sports Star of the Year Awards to make the evening even bigger and better."