Sports star of 2009 to be named

SPARE a thought for organisers of the 2009 Sports Star of the Year Awards.

Members of the Gympie Sportsman’s Association convene tonight to tally votes deciding which nominees are honoured at the gala night next Saturday.

Included in the decision is the most prestigious award up for grabs on the night – the 2009 Sports Star of the Year.

Other categories attracting nominations include AWD Sports Star of the Year, Masters of the Year, Team of the Year and Administrator/Coach of the Year.

Awards spokesperson Jackie Curran has spoken at length about the complexity of the decisions to be made in the last few months.

“It won’t be an easy decision this year,” she said. “There are so many sports represented and many brilliant achievements.”

The top award itself has attracted not only a variety of sports, but also a broad range of ages.

Traditionally, younger sport stars have rounded out the nominations. But 2009 proved Gympie boasts many older competitors capable of mixing it with the juniors in the sporting arena.

Senior athletes Mitch Dittmar (boxing), Achmed Pshunov and Gayle Holmes (endurance horse riding), Michael McGuire (kneeboard surfing), Billy Degoumois (kickboxing) and Sean Bekkers (endurance mountain biking) have all excelled in their own right and deserve serious contemplation from those casting their votes.

Junior competitors Drew Timbs (swimming), Jacob Harney (touch football/rugby league), Karl Christensen (volleyball), Bronte Newcombe (camp drafting), Shaun Lee (athletics, cross country) and Jacob Hawksworth (athletics) have equally impressed.

The 2009 Sports Star of the Year Awards will be held at the Civic Centre next Saturday night, starting 7pm.

Organisers will remain tight-lipped about just who will be receiving what award, so the only way to find out is to be there.

Tickets cost $30 per head and can be purchased at Cooloola Trophies and Engraving at 37 Reef Street.

A three course meal and nibbles will be provided and guests will enjoy a presentation from Australian showjumper Tim Armatrano as guest speaker on the night.

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