Warming up to unveil this year's award recipients

It’s usually athletes who are the ones warming up for sporting events. But representatives from local businesses and organisations are doing some preparations of their own in anticipation of this week’s big event.

Sponsors of the South West Academy of Sport’s annual awards night are getting ready to step on to the stage at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre where they will announce who has taken out this year’s top honours.

Titles up for grabs including the Sports Star of the Year, Emerging Sports Star of the Year and Wally Foreman Coach of the Year.

Held annually, the awards function is the biggest junior sporting event in the South West and is well attended by young athletes and their families, local business representatives, and sporting luminaries.

SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion said the event was a terrific opportunity to shine the spotlight on the accomplishments of the region’s sporting talents.

“This is a great platform for showcasing the achievements of our athletes to the wider community,” Ms Butlion said.

“With our support, young sports men and women are going on to compete on some of the world’s biggest sporting stages.

“We are delighted that former SWAS athlete turned Kookaburra Jake Harvie will be in attendance to share his journey.”

The SWAS annual dinner and awards will be held this Friday November 8 at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

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.