Who will takes home the year's biggest prizes?

There is a buzz in the air as the countdown gets under way to one of the biggest nights on the South West sporting calendar.

This Friday, the South West Academy of Sport will hold its annual awards dinner to recognise the achievements of local athletes and coaches.

A celebration of local talent, the glittering event will see award winners named and sporting heroes take to the stage to share their experiences.

Former SWAS athlete Connor Blakely, who is now playing for the Fremantle Dockers, will be the guest speaker for the night.

Olympian Jesse Phillips, a former Australian sprint canoeist who has been involved in teaching SWAS athletes what it means to be a champion, will be the event’s emcee.

Other top athletes set to address the crowd at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre include Paralympian Brad Scott and Olympian Ryan Bailie.

SWAS chairman Stan Liaros said the event was a good opportunity to highlight the achievements and development of athletes in the region.

“The fact that this is a local event recognising and supporting local talent is very important to the region,” he said.

“There is no other organisation in the South West that does what it does in the South West.”

During the ceremony, awards will be presented to outstanding individuals including sports star of the year, emerging star, and community achiever.

The spotlight will also shine on the recipient of the Wally Foreman Coaches Award, which will honour one remarkable coach in the South West community.

SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion encouraged people to take up the opportunity to support local talents and enjoy a night out at the same time.

“If you don’t know what SWAS is about, this is your chance to find out,” she said.

The SWAS annual awards dinner will be held this Friday December 2 in the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre’s Cube Theatre.

The event is open to the public to attend and people can book their seat by contacting SWAS on 9795 1783 or info@swaswa.com.au . Tickets are $85 for adults or $60 for SWAS athletes and juniors.

The South West Academy of Sport is a not-for-profit organisation that nurtures the development of young athletes in the South West region.

It runs partner sports in Australian Rules football, hockey and netball, as well as sprint and golf squads.

An individual athlete support program supports junior athletes whose sport is not covered by other SWAS programs.