NOMINATIONS are now open for the sports awards that recognise and celebrate Port Macquarie athletes and volunteers in all levels of competition.
The Eather Recruitment Hastings Sports Awards will be presented on October 26, and the region’s athletes are encouraged to nominate now.
Categories include Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Sportsperson of the Year - under 12 years, Junior Sportsperson of the Year - under 18 years, Sportsperson with a Disability, Junior Sporting team of the Year, Senior Sporting team of the Year and the Masters Award.
Previous Sportsperson of the Year winners include swimming world champion James Magnussen.
Last year’s winner was Lauren Kitchen, who recently joined the world’s number one women’s cycling team, Rabobank Women’s Cycling.
Lauren is encouraging Hastings sportspeople of all ages to nominate for the awards.
“I believe the Hastings Sports Awards are fantastic - they provide an avenue for the community to recognise the sporting talent in the region and the awards help young people achieve their sporting goals,” Kitchen said.
Since winning the Sportsperson of the Year award, Kitchen has lived and raced in Europe achieving a top five in the World Cup in Sweden and top 10 results in Belgium and Holland.
Kitchen’s advice to young people living and training in the Hastings is to follow their dreams and as her team’s motto says, it is all about focus, fight and fun.
“I really believe to achieve your dreams you need to have all of the three ‘Fs’, focus, fight and fun, in balance - each is important in their own way,” she said.
The awards are independently judged.
Each category winner will receive a cash prize and trophy, and all nominees will receive a certificate of nomination.
Nominations can be
entered online at www.sunrise
rotary.org.au – click on the Sports Awards link – or forms can be collected from Eather Recruitment, located at corner of Hollingsworth and Buller street, Port Macquarie.
Nominations close September 30.