Shannon Dalton walks away with not one, but two awards

From China to the Netherlands and Singapore, junior sailing sensation Shannon Dalton has ridden a wave of success all the way to the South West Academy of Sport’s awards night where she was named Sports Star of the Year.

The Leschenault teenager picked up the top award at the red carpet event at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre earlier this month (Friday December 7), before heading east to contest the Sail Melbourne International regatta with fellow SWAS athlete Will Drew.

The event is held annually to highlight the achievements of top junior athletes and coaches, with this year’s function also serving to celebrate the academy’s tenth anniversary.

It has been a remarkable year for Dalton, who was also named Female Individual Athlete of the Year at the gala ceremony, attended by athletes and their families, as well as coaches and service providers as well as local dignitaries.

Highlights of Dalton’s 2017/18 campaign have included finishing first at the Singapore national championships and third at the Singapore Youth Sailing Championships.

Dalton earned silver at the world youth championships, and competed at the Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers.

Other award winners included cyclist Courtland Wood who was named Emerging Star, netball coach Erin Culnane who was crowned the Wally Foreman Coach of the Year, and football talent Ella Smith who earned the Community Achiever Award.

Netball starlet Giselle Taylor was awarded Female Team Athlete of the Year, newly-drafted football player Durak Tucker took out the Male Team Athlete of the Year, and triathlete Zeke Tinley claimed the Male Individual Athlete of the Year.

As well as the awards presentations, there were also addresses by SWAS chairman Charles Jenkinson and Member for Forrest Nola Marino.

Recently retired Australian kayaker Steve Bird and cricketer Cameron Bancroft were the guest speakers for the night.

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


2018 SWAS award winners:

  • Sports Star of the Year – Shannon Dalton (Sailing)
  • Community Achiever Award – Ella Smith (Australian Rules Football)
  • Emerging Star Award – Courtland Wood (Cycling)
  • Female Team Athlete of the Year – Giselle Taylor (Netball)
  • Male Team Athlete of the Year – Durak Tucker (Australian R ules Football)
  • Female Individual Athlete of the Year – Shannon Dalton (Sailing)
  • Male Individual Athlete of the Year – Zeke Tinley (Triathlon)
  • Wally Foreman Coach of the Year – Erin Culnane (Netball)