GYMPIE Sports Star Award organisers Karel McClintock, Kerri Healy, Gail Smoothey andn Jackie Curran are looking forward to the big night after months of tireless preparations.
GYMPIE Sports Star Award organisers Karel McClintock, Kerri Healy, Gail Smoothey andn Jackie Curran are looking forward to the big night after months of tireless preparations. Renee Pilcher

Sports Star votes 'very close'

ORGANISER of the Gympie Sportsman’s Association 2009 Sports Star of the Year Awards Jackie Curran yesterday gave a tantalising glimpse at the outcome of voting Thursday night.

Committee members met Thursday night to tally votes after weeks of deliberation.

Curran said the final result, known to only a select few ahead of the gala dinner at the civic centre next weekend, was exceptionally close.

“It was a very close result with only a few points separating the winners,” she said.

“There were some quality athletes this year and (it) was not an easy job to judge.”

This is the first year Curran has participated as a member of the Gympie Sportsman’s Association committee for the

Sports Star Awards and she said she was enjoying breaking new ground in the role.

“Everyone on the committee helps out in some way or another,” she said.

The awards organiser, though, was quick downplaying her role, stressing it was a team effort that has allowed everything to come together so seamlessly.

“My role has only been small and involved the pleasant job of contacting the sports stars to let them know they had been chosen as a nominee,” she said.

“I then followed up with organising shirts, gift vouchers and a photo.

“I think I had the best job because I actually got to meet all the nominees before the night and find out a little more about them and their sport.”

In the past, Curran has been a parent of a child involved in the awards – running sensation Jack Curran, now living in Brisbane.

Jackie said the assistance of the Gympie Sportman’s Association made her aware of the tremendous role the organisation plays in helping sport flourish in Gympie.

“To have a child participating at a high level of sport is a strain on the finances,” she said.

“I started to apply whenever I could to find the money to send Jack to competition and this is how I first became aware of the Gympie Sportsman’s Association.

“The association helped financially to assist fund the many national trips Jack attended and since he has moved to Brisbane, I thought it was a chance to give back after many years of receiving.”

Jackie also said she was proud of the way the organisation had grown over the years, taking great strides from the early days where fundraising was heavily reliant on chook raffles and other such laborious activities.

“We now have organisations donating money to assist athletes at national an international events,” she said.

“Each year the committee looks at ways to improve the service it provides.”

One major improvement has been an increase in the prize money attached to each of the awards on offer.

Looking ahead, the committee wants to establish a website next year to help stimulate more interest in nominating.

“I’m sure there are many people out there excelling in their chosen sport and flying under the radar,” Jackie said.

The 2009 Sports Star of the Year Awards take place at the civic centre next Saturday, getting underway at 6pm.

Tickets can still be purchased from Cooloola Trophies and Engraving in Reef Street and must be picked up by 5pm on Monday.

Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door on the night itself.

Gympie Times


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