Sports awards soon

WELLINGTON Shire’s best young sporting talent will again be recognised next month during the annual Wellington Sports Awards.

The Gippsland Times is again joining forces with Wellington Shire Council, Sporting Legends and ABC Gippsland to shine a light on outstanding achievements and foster local sports among the community’s youth, but this year, the net will be broadened with six community categories to be added.

Recognising the achievements of individuals, clubs, volunteers, teams and schools, the category awards range from $100 to $400, with the most notable of those receiving the Mayor’s Award of $1000 for an individual or $3000 to a club.

This year’s awards will be held at Sporting Legends, Sale on Tuesday, December 4.

Ten young sportspeople will be in the running for the Wellington Sports Star award: last year’s winner Mia Ross and fellow runner Lachlan Craft, footballers Bohdi Walker and Josh Dunkley, netballer Lara Dunkley, rower Jackson Harrison, soccer player Madelaine Richardson, surf ski racer Luke Bailey, swimmer Emily Morrison and triathlete Cameron Goodison.

The interim winners will receive $300 and a Sporting Legends track suit valued at $100, while their club will receive $200.

The annual winner will receive assistance to the value of $5000 for themself and $1000 for their club.

Also during the evening, 61 local sporting clubs will receive Sporting Legends Clubzpool grants.