STEPHANIE Gilmore has claimed another sporting title, crowned the Gold Coast Sports Star of the Year.
The seven-time world champion beat a star-studded line up of other athletes to claim the award at a gala dinner at the Southport Sharks on Thursday night.
Unfortunately the surfing superstar could not attend as she was overseas but her parents, Jeff and Tracey, were there to collect the award on her behalf.
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In a video message delivered at the awards, the 31-year-old thanked locals for supporting her career.
“It’s an absolute honour to receive this ward and be recognised among so many of the Gold Coast’s greatest athletes,” Gilmore said in the message.
“Without the support I have had from the Gold Coast and my family and my friends I wouldn’t have had so much success.”
OFFICIAL LIST OF WINNERS
1. Gold Coast Sports Star of the Year: Stephanie Gilmore (Surﬁng)
Steph claimed her 7th World title at the Maui Pro in November. The win equalled Gilmore’s idol, surﬁng great, Layne Beachley’s record of seven world title wins. Steph’s title was underpinned by 28 heat wins leading to 7 podium event ﬁnishes in 2018. Stephanie is a proud member of the Snapper Rocks Board-riding Club where she if often found, riding the waves at her local break.
2. Gold Coast Para-Sport Sports Star of the Year: Curtis McGrath (Para-Canoe)
There is no stopping this Soldier turned Athlete. Curtis won the world K L 2 Kayak Division and VL3 Canoe at the Portugal world titles, and also won the same events at the World Cup, which means he has now won eight world titles. Another highlight to his career in 2018 was the Ambassador Role for the Invictus Games held in Sydney, although he did not compete his presence at events was an inspiration to Athletes.
3. City of Gold Coast Mayor’s Sport Award: Michael Shelley (Marathon)
Michael was the winner of the showpiece marathon event at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after running to gold in the same event at Glasgow 2014 and silver at New Delhi in 2010. The Helensvale State High School product and multi-Olympic representative measured his race perfectly to win in a time of just over 2 hours and 16 minutes, on what was a typically ‘Gold Coast’ day of sunshine and high temperatures.
4. Eximm Gold Coast Junior Sports Volunteer of the Year: Troy Ottoway (Surf-Lifesaving)
5. Daphne Pirie Spirit of Sport Medal: Brett Wilkie (Lawn Bowls)
6. MyGC & 102.9 Hot Tomato People’s Choice Team of the Year: Gold Coast Cougars Little League Baseball Tea