Local athletes to be recognised at 2019 Gold Coast Sports Star of the Year Awards

Local sporting stars who shone bright at the 2018 Commonwealth Games are expected to run away with more accolades at the 2019 Gold Coast Sports Star of the Year Awards.

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates joined local sporting dignitaries, including Olympic champion Emma Snowsill, to officially launch the 2019 awards at a special ceremony at the City of Gold Coast Council Chambers today.

The prestigious awards will be held on February 21 2019 at the Southport Sharks Event Centre and will include six major awards as well as inductions into the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame.


In a statement released by Sports Gold Coast, Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fames chairwoman Daphne Pirie said the awards will highlight a significant year of sport for the city.

“The Commonwealth Games place an international spotlight on the sporty soul of this city,” she said.

“In the aftermath of the games, we have numerous local gold medal winners who are now vying for the honour of being named as the city’s premier sports person for 2018.

“But let’s not forget there will also be plenty of Gold Coast champions outside of the Games contingent who excelled on the international stage in 2018.”

Sports Gold Coast Chairman Geoff Smith highlighted that the awards also applauded the performances of athletes with a disability.

“One of the most successful and heralded aspects of this year’s Commonwealth Games was the fact that the para athletes were give equal billing. The Sports Star of the Year Awards have been similarly focussed for several years,” he said.

The 2019 Gold Coast Sports Star of the Year Awards will be held on February 21 2019 at the Southport Sharks Event Centre. For more information, visit: sportsgoldcoast.com.au/

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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