A stacked list of finalists have been announced for this year’s Gold Coast Sports Star of the Year Award.
Seven locally-based athletes are in the running for the prestigious title, which will be announced at the Gold Coast Sports Star Awards at Southport Sharks on Thursday February 27.
All seven finalists had outstanding years in their chosen sports, with Mat Belcher (Sailing), Toby Price (Motorsport) and Emma McKeon (Swimming) nominated for the second consecutive year.
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Of the new finalist brigade, Georgia Miller (Surf Lifesaving) and Millie Boyle (Rugby) have been recognised for breakout years, while Aron Sherriff (Bowls) and Gretel Tippett (Netball) also had one of the best years of their stellar careers in 2019.
Sports Gold Coast Chair Geoff Smith said this year’s finalists highlight the strength and diversity of the Coast’s sporting climate.
“To have this calibre of award nominees across such a large range of sports, it’s a remarkable achievement for the Gold Coast and something we need to celebrate,” Mr Smith said.
“When you look at the achievements of these finalists, it’s obvious that the city is a breeding ground for champions, and the important role we play in national success.”
The winner will join the likes of Sally Pearson, Shannon Eckstein and most recently Steph Gilmore as winners of previous years.
Reigning winner and surfing champion Steph Gilmore said how important it was to her to be recognised by her local community.
“Without the support that I’ve had from the Gold Coast community throughout my career I never could have achieved the success I have,” she said.
“It’s very humbling and such an honour to be recognised through this award and in the company of such amazing Gold Coast athletes.”
Now in its 52nd year, the Gold Coast Sports Star Awards focus on giving this support to our local heroes and celebrating the city’s sporting achievements.
For more information and ticketing visit: sportsgoldcoast.com.au.