Change to format reflects deep pool of talent

For the first time in its 12-year history, the South West Academy of Sport will honour runners-up in addition to overall category winners at its prestigious annual awards to reflect the high calibre of finalists vying for the coveted prizes.

“Our athletes have done so well and ticked all the values SWAS stands for, so we thought we would increase the number of awards presented on the night,” SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion said.

Held annually, the red-carpet event is one of the most prestigious sports awards events in the South West, providing a high-profile platform for celebrating the triumphs, achievements and commitment of young talents and coaches in the region.

The awards will this year be held at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Friday February 12, and are expected to once again attract a crowd of athletes, community leaders and sporting luminaries keen to see who takes out top honours.

Awards are presented in numerous categories including Sports Star of the Year, Emerging Sports Star of the Year, and Wally Foreman Coach of the Year.

Once again, representatives from the community will help to shine a spotlight on sporting talent in the region, with sponsors preparing to take to the stage to announce winners and runners-up.

The event is being made possible by a number of sponsors including The Apprentice and Traineeship Company, Hexion Australia, Summit Realty South West, Nexus Risk Services, RCR Mining Technologies, Onsite Rental Group, The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Intersport Bunbury and Lomax Media.