City of Logan celebrates sporting heroes

Published: 6 October 2017

City of Logan celebrates sporting heroes
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith, seven-time world champion surfer Layne Beachley, Audi Centre Springwood 2017 City of Logan Sports Awards Sportsperson of the Year Trae Williams and Audi Centre Springwood's Jack Tudor.

Track and field athlete Trae Williams was last night named Sportsperson of the Year at the Audi Centre Springwood 2017 City of Logan Sports Awards.

Mr Williams, who clocked 10.29 seconds in the Open Men’s 100m final to win the gold medal at the Australian Athletics Championship, was also recognised as Sportsman of the Year. He was a previous winner of the Young Sportsperson (Male) award.

City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said a record 120 nominations were received for this year’s awards.

“Nominations were made for more than 30 different types of sports, including cable skiing, BMX, rugby, artistic roller skating and triathlon,” Mayor Smith said.

“These awards give us an opportunity to celebrate our local sporting heroes and their achievements, as well as the contributions of coaches, officials and organisers.

“I am honoured to be able to acknowledge their dedication on behalf of the city.”

The awards, presented at a gala dinner at the Logan Metro Sports Centre, also featured sporting legends Ian Healy, Layne Beachley and Laurie Lawrence as special guests.

The winners were:

  • Wilma Perkins, who represented Australia in the women’s 65-69 age group in the Athletics World Masters, was named Sportswoman of the Year.
  • Young Sportsperson (Male) of the Year was awarded to Dray Ngatuere-Wroe, who played in the U18s Nev Blair Rugby League competition and was selected in the Mal Meninga squad for 2017. He has also been selected to attend the Queensland Academy of Sport development camp next year.
  • Miela Goodchild, a gold medallist at the U17 Basketball World Championships, won Young Sportsperson (Female) of the Year. She was part of the first team in history to beat the USA in the U17 age group.
  • John Shaw was recognised as Sports Veteran of the Year after winning the gold medal in the 60-64 age group at the Australian Masters Marathon Championship on the Gold Coast.
  • The Elite Athlete with a Disability award went to Jacob Miles, who competed in several events including basketball, long jump, 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m relay at the Special Olympics Queensland State Games.
  • The Challenge of the Nations Netball Carnival, hosted by the Logan City Netball Association, was recognised as the Sports Event of the Year.
  • The Beenleigh Touch Rugby League representative side won Sports Team of the Year, while the Springwood Suns Cricket Club was named Sports Organisation of the Year.
  • Lynn Mathers, Special Olympics Queensland State Coach at the Junior Nationals for Football, was recognised as Sports Coach of the Year.
  • Sports Administrator of the Year was awarded to Andrew Lock, who has faithfully served Slacks Creek Soccer Club as president for the past five years.
  • Charles Melloy, who is highly regarded within Surf Life Saving Queensland both as a volunteer official and as an appointed State Sport Officer, was named Sports Official of the Year. Mr Melloy holds a Level 3 Officials Accreditation, the highest level within Surf Life Saving, and dedicates a large portion of his time to the development of sport, coaches and officials in Queensland and overseas.
  • The Judges’ Choice Award was presented to Mark Kennedy, who is currently competing at nationals for the AFL Queensland Masters side.

Logan City Council’s City Lifestyle and Customer Services Committee Chairperson, Councillor Steve Swenson, said the awards not only pay tribute to local athletes and officials, they also provide inspiration.

“Hopefully, these awards encourage and inspire residents to be active and participate in sport,” Cr Swenson said.

“Aside from helping individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle, sport also instils values such as perseverance, teamwork and camaraderie, which help build a stronger and more inclusive community.”