Basketballer Jordan Woolmer was named Mudgee Sports Council 2015 Sportsperson of the Year at the awards presentation on Friday evening.
The award recognises Jordan’s achievements as a member of the Australian Goannas Deaf Basketball Team in 2015.
The team won the Asia Pacific Championships, defeating host nation Chinese Tapei 59-36 in the gold medal game.
The team defeated China, India and Iran in pool matches, then Japan in the semi-final.
Jordan’s commitment to the Australian Goanna Deaf Basketball Team required him to travel to Melbourne for training.
He is also the captain/coach of the Mudgee Laker Open Men’s Team.
Jordan also received the Senior Sportsperson of the Year award.
The Mudgee Sports Council has recommenced the awards after a year’s break.
Mudgee Sports Council president Peter Mitchell said the awards celebrate the achievements of athletes in a team or individually, referees and umpires, coaches and administrators.
Mr Mitchell said nominations for the awards revealed athletes performing outstandingly from school and club level to zone, district or area, and on state and even national representation.
• Sporting Event of the Year: Mudgee Running Festival
Organised by the Mudgee Triathlon Club, the Mudgee Running Festival attracted 700 entrants of all ages.
• Contribution to Sport - Refereeing: Steven Jackson (Netball)
A National A Badge netball umpire, Steven Jackson umpires for Mudgee Netball, state age teams and open state championship teams. He regularly convenes workshops for local junior and senior umpires.
• Contribution to Sport – Refereeing: Ben Harris (Touch Football)
Ben Harris has refereed touch at local, regional and state levels. He is the referee at Mudgee Touch’s competitions twice a week.
At the Hornets Touch Association Regional Tournament in September, 2015, he refereed the Mixed Open Final and was ranked 9th out of more than 100 referees. He has also refereed at the Country Championships in Dubbo, the NSW Touch Senior State Cup and Junior State Cup, and at the National Touch League as a NSW referee. Ben was named the Peter Spinner Clubperson of the Year for Mudgee Touch in the 2015/16 season. He is one of only three referees in Mudgee to have a badge level of 4 or higher and the only Open Category referee in Mudgee with a badge level higher than 4.
• Contribution to Sport – Refereeing: Martin Turner (Australian Rules)
Martin has been umpiring from the first round the inaugural year of Mudgee AFL and has umpired more than 200 games.
• Contribution to Sport – Refereeing: Ivan Giammarco (Touch Football)
Ivan has represented the Mudgee Touch Association at Junior and Senior State Cup, where he ranked in the top 20 referees in the state among 400 attending. He represented Hunter Western Hornets at National Touch League as a referee and was selected to represent NSW Touch Association to referee at the National Touch League. He recently attained a badge upgrade from Level 4 State Badge to Level 5 National Badge. Ivan has been endorsed to referee the International Club Challenge in Singapore in June, 2016. As well as refereeing the Mudgee town competition weekly, he referees Vawdon Cup, a Sydney competition, on Friday nights, leading to a grand final appointment.
• Contribution to Sport – Coaching:
Pat Williamson and Justine Brackenrig (Cudgegong Valley Public School Junior Girls Relay Team);
Justin Gossage (Mudgee Open Mixed Touch Team);
Hamish Bryant (Mudgee Dragons Under 18 Rugby League Team);
Georgia Christoffis (Junior Club Team coach, assistant coach Mudgee High School Boys Softball Team and softball umpire).
• Team of the Year (Senior): Mudgee Open Mixed Touch Team
The Mudgee Open Mixed Touch Team were the winners in Division 2 at State Cup in 2015. This was the first Division win by a Mudgee Open Touch Team. Team members were Andrew Laurie, Kerrin O’Malley, Mitch Squire, Brad James, Brad Squire, Justin Gossage, Belinda Bateman, Kaitlyn Mason, Sally Harris, Tiff Foley, Courtney Auld and Trish Gossage.
• Team of the Year (Under 18): Mudgee Dragons Under 18 team
The Mudgee Dragons Under 18s Rugby League Tem qualified for the Group 10 Under 18 Grand Final, going down to Orange Hawks.
The team members were Jaydon Orth, Dan Crane, Lane Simmonds, Tom Reddish, Josh Wilson-Tuckey, Charlie Clayton, Tom Lawson, Aiden Woods, Jack Beasley, Ethan Butler, Jakob Ringsing, Jeff Wright, Jake Madden, Terrance Roach, Jakob Van Der Bruggen, Mathew Flack, Jaylen Huia. Coach, Hamish Bryant, manager Todd Munn; trainers Roger Lang, Rob O’Connor, Ben Gregory; Medical Trish Gossage.
• Team of the Year (Under 13): Cudgegong Valley Public School Junior Girls Athletics-Track.
Kasey Hayes, Alesha Bennetts, Charlotte Brown and Suri Althofer represented Cudgegong Valley Public School at Zone finishing first and went on to win at the Western Regional Championships in Dubbo. Representing the Western District at the Primary School Sports Association championships in Homebush, Sydney, they placed second in the state in the final. The team is coached by Pat Williamson and Justine Brackenrig.
• Athlete with a Disability: Alex Barnes (Basketball).
Alex was a member of the Australian team which competed at the Disability Olympics held in Los Angeles, winning a gold medal. The team was undefeated throughout the competition.
• Sportsperson of the Year (Under 18): Bill Carberry
Billy Carberry was a member of the NSW Country Gold Under 16 rugby union team, the NSW Country Gold under 17 team and the NSW Country Under 17 seven aside team. He was a member of the NSW State Gold Team which took on teams from other states.
• Sportsperson of the Year (Under 13): Natalie Hibberd
Natalie Hibberd has represented Mudgee Public School in cricket, swimming, softball, athletics and cross country. She has represented Western Area for cricket softball and swimming. Natalie also competed in athletics at the State School Championships in cross country and athletics.