City hosts Annual Sports Awards

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The City of Joondalup recently held its annual Sports Achievement Awards, recognising local athletes who have been selected to participate in sport at State or National level.

Emerging junior sports stars or athletes of any age living with a disability can apply for the Joondalup Sporting Achievement Grant if they are selected to represent Western Australia or Australia in their chosen sporting pursuit.

233 successful athletes received over $40,000 in financial support from the City in 2017/18 to assist with the costs associated with competing at representative levels.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the awards are an opportunity for the City to showcase the wonderful achievements of local sports stars.

“The athletes who received support in 2017/18 participated in 40 different sports, demonstrating the wide-ranging talent that exists in the City of Joondalup,” Mayor Jacob said.

“19 athletes represented Australia in other countries including South Africa, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Finland, India, Spain, New Caledonia, and the USA.

“The Sporting Achievement Grant demonstrates the City’s commitment to assisting and developing junior sports stars.

“Joondalup is recognised widely for the many healthy, sustainable lifestyle opportunities it offers for the local community, and sport and recreation plays a vital role in strengthening and engaging communities and building social capital.”

2018 Commonwealth Games representative and former Sacred Heart College student George Harley delivered the keynote address at the event.

Also a resident of the City, Harley finished fifth in the 200m breaststroke at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, which was a significant achievement after fighting back from almost losing his leg in a farm accident in 2012.

“George is a wonderful role model for our local athletes as his sporting journey started locally and he has achieved a great deal in his career to date, despite the obstacles he encountered,” Mayor Jacob said.

“Hopefully all of the athletes in attendance took something away from George’s address and they continue to chase their dreams.

“It’s tremendous to celebrate the achievements of our local talent and we will continue to follow their careers in the years to come.”

Previous recipients of the Joondalup Sporting Achievement Grant include champion javelin thrower Kim Mickle, West Coast Eagles forward Jack Darling, star Oakland A’s pitcher Liam Hendriks and world paratriathlete champion Sally Pilbeam.