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NRL star Josh Reynolds charged with domestic violence

Wests Tigers star Josh Reynolds has been charged with domestic violence by New South Wales Police.

The club confirmed the news in a statement on Thursday.

“Wests Tigers have today confirmed that Josh Reynolds has been charged by New South Wales Police with a domestic violence offence,” the short statement reads.

“Both Josh and Wests Tigers has previously alerted the police and NRL on this matter and will continue to work closely with the NRL Integrity Unit and NSW Police as Josh vigorously defends this charge.

“As this is an ongoing legal matter, Wests Tigers will be making no further comment at this time.”

Exact details of the incident are yet to be released.

The 30-year-old is due to face court next week charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, domestic violence.

More to come.

Ash Barty snags three gongs at the AIS awards

Ash Barty has been named the Sports Personality of the Year at the Australian Institute of Sport Awards.

Over 35,000 votes were cast, with voters admiring Barty’s fairplay, grace and humility, as well as her exceptional all-court game.

The world number one also took out two other awards; the Female Athlete of the Year award and Sporting Moment of the Year.

Barty says it’s an honour knowing the community voted for her.

“I love to engage with the fans and I love to engage with the public in Australia.

“I feel like we have the best sporting vibe in the world, we are a sporting nation, we love it, I love it, I love all sport.

“So to be able to get this recognition from the public is amazing,” Barty said.

Snowboarder Scotty James has been named men’s athlete of the year.

For a full list of AIS sports performance award winners, click here.

Summer of sport

WATCH: Gold Coast gears up for huge summer of sport

The Gold Coast is in for a massive summer of sport, with a number of high-profile events set to hit the glitter strip over the next few weeks and months.

Athletes and representatives from the Magic Millions, PGA Championship, Brisbane Heat and AFLW came together in Surfers Paradise today ahead of taking part in some of Australia’s biggest sporting events right here on the Gold Coast.

Golfer Cade McBride, who is set to play in the upcoming Australian PGA Championships, told myGC he will be enjoying as much sport as he can on the GC this summer.

“I love my AFL and love my cricket, so its going to be nice to wrap up the year here at home and get out to Metricon to watch a bit of cricket and watch the girls play AFL,” he said.

Polo player Rob Archibald said Magic Millions will be even bigger in 2020.

“There’s so much to look forward to. We’ve got a star-studded lineup for the Polo, including ex rugby league players and Zara Phillips. I hope everyone comes down and enjoys the spectacle,” he said.

See our interviews with the athletes and find out more about the Gold Coast’s Summer of Sport in the video below:

 

 

GC Sports Star Awards 2019

Top Coast athletes gather for launch of Sports Star Awards

Local sporting stars are set to be recognised for their achievements at the 52nd Annual Gold Coast Sports Star Awards in February next year.

The 2020 awards were officially launched at a gala event in Bundall on Wednesday night, with the Gold Coast’s premier athletes and teams (Titans & Suns), a strong grassroots contingent, and local personalities, led by Mayor Tom Tate, coming together for the occasion.

“The thing that separates Gold Coast sport from other cities is how much our teams and athletes embrace our community – February’s Sports Awards are our chance to embrace you,” said Mr Tate.

“As Mayor and as a lover of sport, what a privilege it is to launch this fantastic initiative – well done Sports Gold Coast.”

GC Sports Star Awards 2019 Presentation

PHOTO: Supplied by Sports Gold Coast

The launch also marked the start of announcements for the list of prestigious awards, with the race well and truly on to take the mantle from the likes of Steph Gilmore, Sally Pearson, Michael Shelley and Curtis McGrath who have won in recent years.

GC Sports Hall of Fame President Daphne Pirie AO MBE announced the first three finalists for the major gong of Gold Coast Sports Star of the Year, and if the initial nominees are anything to go by, it promises to be another stellar field.

Aron Sherriff (Lawn Bowls), Georgia Miller (Iron Woman), and Mathew Belcher (Sailing) were rewarded for their amazing sporting achievements throughout the year as the first finalists for the Award, with further announcements to be made in the coming weeks.

The 52nd Annual Gold Coast Sports Star Awards will be held on the 27th February, 2020 at Southport Sharks.

The Awards focus on the inclusion of all areas of our sporting community from the grassroots to elite, with awards across numerous categories from People’s Choice, to Community Volunteers, to Para-Sport.

For more information, visit: sportsgoldcoast.com.au

Folau $8m settlement ‘wrong’, RA says

Rugby Australia has shot down speculation it will pay ex-Wallaby star Israel Folau $8 million in damages as “wildly inaccurate”.

Folau had been seeking $14 million in compensation after lodging an unfair dismissal claim against the sporting body following his sacking eight months ago.

It was reported he got $8 million but RA chief Raelene Castle said that was wrong.

“Folau settlement numbers are confidential but numbers being speculated are wildly inaccurate,” she tweeted on Thursday.

Folau was dumped over a controversial series of Instagram posts, one of which read: “Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolators: Hell Awaits You. Repent! Only Jesus Saves.” They were deemed homophobic and breaches of his RA contract.

Folau, who also played for the Waratahs, had argued he was sacked because of this Christian faith and denied breaching his contract.

The parties resolved their dispute through Federal Court ordered mediation that began with a marathon 12-hour session on Monday and wrapped up over the phone on Wednesday.

Both wished each other well for the future after signing a confidential settlement and apologised for any “hurt or harm” they caused each other.

Folau’s case was being spun as a fight for religious freedom and the athlete on Wednesday backed federal government plans for a bill to protect such freedoms.

The legislation was to have been debated in the federal parliament this year but has been delayed until 2020 after being criticised by religious leaders.

“With today’s acknowledgement and apology by Rugby Australia, we have been vindicated and can now move on with our lives to focus on our faith and our family,” Folau said in a video posted on his website with his wife Maria by his side.

“We now look forward to the federal government enacting the legislation necessary to further protect and strengthen these rights for all Australians.”

Meanwhile, RA and NSW Rugby said the fact the case was settled did not “in any way” mean they agreed with the content of Folau’s posts.

“Inclusiveness is one of Rugby’s core values and it welcomes all people to the game, including all members of the LGBTI community,” the joint statement said.

“Mr Folau did not intend to hurt or harm the game of rugby and acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused.”

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