The “Athlete of the Year” awards showcase some of the outstanding WestVic athletes and their achievements between January 2016 and April 2017. A finalist has been nominated from each sport program within WestVic, while four high achieving individual athlete members are also nominated for the award. This brings the final number of nominees to 15 and from these both a male and female recipient will be awarded.
Since January last year the nominees as a collective have competed in state, national and international competition; amassing 4 medals at international level competition, 16 medals at national level competition and medalling 11 times at state level competitions. These athletes have also achieved many other varying accomplishments as well as being exceptional role models for other WestVic athletes and their communities.
The nominees for the WestVic “Athlete of the Year” award are:
- Daniel Hocking (Badminton)
- Amy Leeson (Golf)
- James O’Sullivan (Tennis)
- Shannon Craggill (Cycling)
- Ben Grima (Swimming)
- Hayden Grant (Special Olympics)
- Laura Foley (Rowing)
- Tessa O’Callaghan (Netball)
- Rory Carroll (Table Tennis)
- Ben DeBortoli (Karate)
- Shaun Findlay (Alpine Skiing)
- Hudson Irwin (Gymnastics)
- Samuel Rizzo (Wheelchair racing)
- Alanna Peart (Race Walker)
- Tom Lyon (Football Umpiring)
The “Athlete of the year” awards will be hosted by the Ballarat Sportsmens Club who have been significant supporters of WestVic since 2015. The Ballarat Sportsmens Club have been an integral part of sport in the Ballarat region for nearly 60 years, with a number of Olympians and several former AFL/VFL players within their membership. The club plays an important role in promoting Ballarat sport and building connections within the Ballarat sporting community.
For any information on the WestVic “Athlete of the Year” ticketing please contact the Ballarat Sportsmens Club via firstname.lastname@example.org
WestVic Academy of Sport currently supports 139 athletes across 23 sports; all of whom access services such as: specialist coaching; weekly strength and conditioning; sport science opportunities; sport psychology, nutrition and personal development; plus mentoring. In 2016, 52 athletes supported by WestVic competed at National level or equivalent. For further information, contact CEO Rob Ward on 0417 044 419, or visit www.westvicsport.org.au.