In a year that propelled the Gold Coast on to the sporting world stage, there have been plenty of champions rise to the top and veterans continue to add to their trophy cabinet.
It’s set the scene for what will be one of the toughest battles to be named the Gold Coast Sports Star of the Year.
Commonwealth Games gold medallists and reigning World Champions headline the nominations of 13 local athletes, with the winner to be announced at the annual black-tie event at Southport Sharks on Thursday, February 21.
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Katrin Garfoot (cycling), Dani Stevens (athletics), Skye Nicolson (boxing), Kelsey Cottrell (lawn bowls), Michael Shelley (athletics), Emma McKeon (swimming) and Domonic Bedggood (diving) have received nominations on the back of their gold medal wins at the Commonwealth Games.
Equally as successful on the World stage, the other contenders are Stephanie Gilmore (surfing – main picture), Toby Price (motorcycle racing), Ali Day (ironman), Shakira Westdorp (surfing), Mat Belcher (sailing) and Elizabeth Forsyth (athletics).
Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame Chairwoman Daphne Pirie said the calibre of this year’s finalists reflects the city’s position as a world-class sporting environment.
“The finalists for the Sports Star of the Year Award showcase what a truly spectacular year 2018 was for sport in this city,” she said.
“The Awards celebrate the Gold Coast as a stand-out performer on the global sporting calendar, not only for the quality of athletes we produce, but as the host of numerous international events, and 2018 sets a new benchmark.
“We again boasted more than our fair share of world champions and stellar performers, but as hosts of the Commonwealth Games we showed that we genuinely love, understand and get involved in sport.”
This year the Sports Star Awards will also focus strongly on para-sport and grassroots participation, with further award categories in these areas and local sports fans invited to get involved.
Head to the event website more information.