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Finalists Unveiled Across 11 Award Categories: Celebrating Excellence and Achievement

The finalists for the 2023 WA Sport Awards have been determined after more than 200 nominations were received. The independent selection panels have met and reviewed the nominations received and selected 52 finalists across thirteen award categories, including the four new award categories; RSM Australia Community Sport Volunteer of the Year, Community Sporting Event of the Year, Sport Initiative of the Year, Organisation of the Year.

SportWest Acting-Chief Executive Officer, Ashleigh Apps said the number of nominations showed how strong sport has been in Western Australia in 2023.

“The number and quality of nominations received is reflective of the superb year Western Australia has had in sport. From the high-performance arena through to grassroots, this stellar lineup of finalists has demonstrated remarkable dedication and achievement in their respective fields” Mrs Apps said.

“I would like to congratulate all those who were nominated as well as those that have been selected as Finalists and I look forward to celebrating, as a sector, at our annual WA Sport Awards.”

The winners in each category will be revealed at the 2023 WA Sport Awards, Presented by SportWest, which will take place on Thursday 29 February 2024 at HBF Stadium. The event promises to be an evening of celebration, networking, and recognition, bringing together industry leaders, athletes, and the community.

The 12 finalists for the WA Sports Star, and the Finalists for the Service to Sport – May Campbell Medal, will be announced closer to the event. The finalists for the other eight categories are:

Rebel Junior Sports Star
Amelie Reid (Cycling: BMX Racing), Chloe Ainsworth (Cricket), Daniel Curtin (Australian Rules Football), Iona Anderson (Swimming), Joseph Buttress (Golf), Mimi Ngo (Badminton)

Team of the Year
Perth Scorchers (BBL)(Cricket), Perth Steel Men’s Team (Volleyball), Perth Steel Women’s Team (Volleyball), WA Men’s Cricket Team (Cricket)

Coach of the Year
Adam Voges (Cricket), Paul Burgess (Athletics), Ritchie Smith (Golf)

ActiveXchange Official of the Year
Fiona Haigh (Water Polo), Michelle McMurdo (Gymnastics), Tim Kennedy (Lacrosse)

RSM Australia Community Sport Volunteer of the Year (NEW)
Connor Clarke (Kendo), Mathew Vine (Athletics), Renae Fussell (Football)

RevolutioniseSPORT Community Club of the Year – John Gilmour Medal
Northam & Districts Clay Target Club (Clay Target Shooting), Perth Gymnastics Academy (Gymnastics), Swan Districts Football Club (Australian Rules Football)

Healthway Healthy Club Award
Ballajura Landsdale Cricket Club (Cricket), Dragon Fire Netball Club (Netball), Kwinana Tigers Hockey Club (Hockey)

Community Sporting Event of the Year (NEW)
Bike it to Ballidu Gravel (Cycling), Harmony Cup Nines (Rugby League), SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon (Triathlon)

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Sports Administrator of the Year
Abid Imam (Football), Shayley McGurk-Davy (Hockey), Troy Kirkham (Australian Rules Football)

Sport Initiative of the Year (NEW)
Team Connect (Cricket), WA Cricket Foundation (Cricket), WA Football Concussion Management Initiative (Australian Rules Football)

Organisation of the Year (NEW)
Basketball WA (Basketball), Football Futures Foundation (Football), WA Cricket (Cricket)

The 2023 WA Sport Awards will be presented on Thursday, 29 February 2024 at HBF Stadium. Tickets are on sale now, purchase your ticket HERE.

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