SPORTS star of the year nominee Kie Wilson-McNaugh is congratulated on his nomination by McDonalds’ manager Georgia Zischke. McDonalds is the main sponsor of the awards.
SPORTS star of the year nominee Kie Wilson-McNaugh is congratulated on his nomination by McDonalds’ manager Georgia Zischke. McDonalds is the main sponsor of the awards. Craig Warhurst

Sport's night of nights closes in

MEMBERS of the Gympie Sportsman’s Association met last night in a special meeting to tally votes deciding which sports stars would be honoured at next weekend’s 2009 Sports Star of the Year Awards.

The meeting was a secretive exercise, with doors firmly shut and all those in attendance instructed to remain tight-lipped.

The Gympie sporting community’s night of nights will be held at the Civic Centre next Saturday evening, but don’t expect organisers to drop any hints ahead of the big night.

The winner of the major award, the 2009 Sports Star of the Year, will be a heavily-guarded secret ahead of the announcement at the awards’ dinner.

Committee members cast their votes on a voting form this year for the various awards to be handed out, tackling the difficult task of weighing up a diverse list of achievements.

It was no easy task, but ultimately a good problem to have, highlighting the depth of talent in the Gympie region. Committee member Di Stratton spoke to The Gympie Times ahead of the meeting and said she was looking forward to the votes being finalised.

“It was hard to pick, but we have all given it a lot of thought,” she said.

Stratton said she had spent weeks mulling over her decision.

“We all wanted to learn as much as we could about the nominees’ achievements,” she said.

“It was important to get the best understanding possible so we could fully appreciate what they had achieved and make a decision.”

For the Sports Star of the Year Award, committee members assigned maximum points to their preferred choice before listing their preferences in the event of a tie.

The 2009 Sports Star of the Year Awards get underway at the Civic Centre next Saturday from 6pm.

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

Ticket includes a three-course meal with nibbles and a presentation from Cooroy Australian showjumper Tim Armatrano.

Live music will also be played during breaks, allowing guests to hit the dance floor.

An incredible 12 months of hard work and sacrifice has allowed the sport stars nominees to be in contention for honours on the night, and it’s a great chance for the community to share in their success.

Gympie Times


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