Hannah Green and Nathan Fyfe have been announced joint winners of The West Australian RAC Sports Star Award for 2019 at Optus Stadium, after both made history with firsts for WA athletes during the past 12 months.
Green’s meteoric journey started when she picked up a golf club for the first time in the Perth hills a decade ago, developing her game further at her home club at Mount Lawley.
In June of last year, Hannah became the first West Australian to claim a major golf title with her one-stroke victory delivering her the Women’s PGA Championship at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
Fyfe took the AFL competition by storm in 2019, with the Dockers captain returning to his dominant best to not only claim his third Doig Medal as Fremantle’s best player, but also be awarded captaincy of the AFL All Australian team of 2019, and ultimately become the first WA product to be crowned a dual Brownlow medallist.
In other categories, rower Hamish Henriques took home the Hyundai Junior Sports Star Award, the Perth Wildcats won the Channel Seven Perth Team of the Year for the third time in four years, while Justin Langer was awarded the KPMG Coach of the Year after restoring the place of the Australian Men’s cricket as a respected force in the game.
Rugby Union referee Tyler Miller became the code’s first Community TAB Official of the Year after being a finalist a year ago. The 25-year-old has since progressed to be the second ranked referee in Australia, and she now sits comfortably in the top 15 in the world.
Emerging golf talent Maddison Hinson-Tolchard – a finalist for the Hyundai Junior Sports Star – was awarded the 6PR Special Achievement Award for the second straight year, becoming the first dual winner of the award in testament to a bright future that lays ahead.
The current and emerging stars of WA sport would all acknowledge that the pathway starts with local clubs and the committed community volunteers that provide places for people to grow and progress.
Robert Chalmers (athletics), Christine Polglaze (calisthenics) and Kay Lane (golf) were all recipients of the Roobix Service to Sport Award, with almost 150 collective years of service between them in a range of roles.
The role of clubs in communities took centre stage, as Fremantle CBC Amateur Football Club was awarded the RAC Insurance Beyond Sport Award, while the Quinns Rocks Junior Cricket Club took home the RAC Insurance Community Club of the Year.
The York Pony Club received the inaugural Healthway Healthy Club Award for their implementation of healthy initiatives to improve the health of their members.
Full List of Results
The West Australian RAC Sports Star
Nathan Fyfe (Australian Football)
Hannah Green (Golf)
Hyundai Junior Sports Star
Hamish Henriques (Rowing)
6PR Special Achievement Award
Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (Golf)
Channel Seven Perth Team of the Year
Perth Wildcats (Basketball)
KPMG Coach of the Year
Justin Langer (Cricket)
Community TAB Official of the Year
Tyler Miller (Rugby Union)
Roobix Service to Sport Award – May Campbell Medal
Robert Chalmers (Athletics)
Christine Polglaze (Calisthenics)
Kay Lane (Golf)
RAC Insurance Beyond Sport Award – John Gilmour Medal
Fremantle CBC Amateur Football Club
RAC Insurance Community Club of the Year
Quinns Rocks Junior Cricket Club
Healthway Healthy Club Award
York Pony Club