51st Gold Coast Sports Star of the Year crowned tonight

Local athletes will gather at the Southport Sharks tonight, as The Gold Coast Sports Star of the Year is announced.

13 nominees, including Commonwealth Games gold medalists and reigning World Champions will turn out for the annual black tie event.

Now in it’s 51st year, the awards ceremony will celebrate the achievements of our city’s greatest athletes across a hugely successful year for Gold Coast sport.


Katrin Gardoot, Dani Stevens, Skye Nicolson, Kelsey Cottrell, Michael Shelley, Emma McKeon and Dominic Bedggood will be in attendance, following their gold medal performances at the Commonwealth Games.

They’ll be joined by the likes of Steph Gilmore, Toby Price, Ali Day, Shakira Westdorp, Mat Belcher and Elizabeth Forsyth.

Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame Chairwoman Daphne Pirie says the calibre of the contenders  reflects our city’s admirable sporting environment.

“The finalists for the Sports Star of the Year Awards showcase what a truly spectacular year 2018 was for sport in this city.

“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,” Ms Pirie said.

Former Sports Star of the Year winner and Hall of Fame member Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew said the Awards will once again help spur local athletes on to international success.

“I am so pleased to see the GC Sports Star Awards taking their rightful place as the night of nights for homegrown sporting icons and emerging stars,” Mr Batholomew said.