City of Logan’s Sporting Heroes Honoured
Published: 6 October 2016
Retiring Brisbane Bronco’s captain Corey Parker and heavyweight world boxing champion *Alex Leapai were last night inducted into the Logan Sporting Hall of Fame at the Audi Centre of Springwood 2016 City of Logan Sports Awards.
Logan Deputy Mayor Cherie Dalley said The Hall was established last year to showcase the achievements of Logan’s sportsmen and women.
“I can say with confidence that Corey Parker and Alex Leapai represent all the good qualities of our city and we proudly honour these two sporting greats who call Logan home,” she said.
Corey Parker also took out Sportsperson of the Year and Sportsman of the Year.
The awards, presented at the city’s Metro Indoor Sports Centre, also honoured other local sporting identities who have achieved greatness in their chosen fields.
The winners are:
Jimboomba student Ashley Moloney was named Young Sportsperson of the Year (male). Ashley last month competed at the Athletics North Queensland track and field championships in an under 18s decathlon event and beat an Olympic record.
Young Sportsperson ( female) of the Year was awarded to BMX racing champion Molly McGill who took out the Australian National BMX Championship in March this year and is about to represent Australia at the Grand Nationals BMX Challenge in the U.S.
Firebirds netball rookie Hulita Haukinima was named Sportswoman of the Year.
Daisy Hill runner and world title holder, 67 year old Wilma Perkins was awarded Sports Veteran of the Year. Wilma is about to compete at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth.
The Elite Athlete with a Disability went to Paralympic shooter Natalie Smith who was a competitor at the recent Paralympics in Rio.
The Australia v China International Men’s Volleyball three-match series played in May this year at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre received the Sports Event of the Year award.
Sports Organisation of the Year went to the Special Olympics Logan Allstars for transforming the lives of people with an intellectual disability through regular sport, competition and personal development.
Football Federation referee Lara Lee’s commitment to women’s soccer saw her win Sports Official of the Year and Sports Administrator of the Year was presented to Springwood Puma’s president Andrew Hickman.
Logan Lightning 2015 Brisbane Women’s Premier League team was honoured with Sports Team of the Year.
Southern Stars Baseball Club veteran Karen Gallpen’s passion for producing young talented players was recognised by winning Sports Coach of the Year.
Council’s Sports and Community Services Committee Chair Councillor Steve Swenson said the awards recognise Logan’s sports champions and those who work tirelessly behind them.
"These awards not only pay tribute to our elite performers but also the trainers, coaches and sports officials whose countless hours of hard work behind the scenes often goes unnoticed.
“Sport not only brings many health benefits but also strengthens the community and instils lifelong skills to build a more cohesive and inclusive society.”
“Logan City Council has a huge focus on encouraging its residents to play sport and hopefully in doing this, we are inspiring the next generation of champion athletes.”
* Alex Leapai accepted the honour and broke the news that he intended to return to the ring.
The one time world heavyweight contender retired in February this year after being warned he could lose sight in one eye if he continued.
The father of six said he had been given a clean bill of health and would soon resume training.