November 05, 2018
Randwick City Council’s finest athletes were acknowledged and young sports champions encouraged at an awards ceremony on Thursday 25 October 2018.The Randwick City Council Sporting Excellence Awards recognise the excellence, commitment and achievement of our local athletes, Randwick Mayor Kathy Neilson said.
“The value of local sport is that it brings people together and has a positive social and cultural impact on our community,” said Mayor Neilson. “When children, especially, are inspired to participate in sport they learn about working as a team and understand that people have different abilities.
“This year’s award winners have also demonstrated the benefits of goal-setting and discipline, which are valuable skills for success on the sporting field as well as in life,” said Mayor Neilson. “I congratulate all of the nominees as well as the winners, and wish them the best in their future sporting endeavours.”
Sporting Excellence Award Winners
Randwick City Junior Male Award
Max excels in swimming and surf lifesaving. He has been a consistent top 10 performer at state age swimming and state nippers. He proudly represents the UNSW swimming club, Coogee Minnows and Randwick Public School.
Randwick City Junior Female Award
Alice is a rising table tennis star and a huge talent. Her outstanding results include being ranked 8th in Australia and 3rd in New South Wales for her age group. Alice has also won two gold medals, seven silver and one bronze medal at NSW State Competitions.
The Bradley Matthews Memorial Award for Sporting Excellence
Miles was selected to represent Australia in the Youth Olympics in October 2018. He is the only U18 male player in Australia who has been selected to represent Australia in four international tournaments in 2017 and 2018. This year he was also named in the 2018 Hockey Australia’s ‘Futuroo’ squad.
The Randwick City Hall of Sporting Champions
Lea has been competing in Water Polo for over 13 years. Her achievements are outstanding, she has represented Australia in the Rio and London Olympics as a goalie in the Water Polo team. She also won Best Goalie in the National Water Polo League in 2018 for the UNSW team. Outside of training and playing water polo, Lea volunteers her time to coach juniors and promote water polo to the community.
At the same event, Clovelly, Coogee, Maroubra and South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Clubs, as well as the Off Shore Rescue Boat Association were presented with their annual donations of $30,000.
Deputy Mayor Danny Said presented the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service with a donation of $20,000 as part of Council’s community partnership agreement with the search and rescue provider.