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FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport set to announce Female & Male “Athlete of the Year” Awards 2018/2019

FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport is set to announce its Female and Male “Athlete of the Year” for 2018/2019 at a formal presentation at the Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club monthly dinner on Wednesday 7th August at the Ballarat Golf Club.

The “Athlete of the Year” awards showcase some of the outstanding performances by WestVic athletes in the past twelve months. The finalists have been selected from each WestVic Academy sport and school program, whilst a further five Individual Member athletes have also been nominated. A total of fourteen athletes have been nominated, with seven athletes to be considered for the Female “Athlete of the Year” award and another seven athletes vying for the Male “Athlete of the Year” award.

Of the 14 athlete nominees, 5 have competed at International level, 6 have competed at the National level, 1 at State level and two at Regional level in the past year.

The 7 finalists for the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport Female “Athlete of the Year” award include:

 Ella Walsgott (Triathlon / Horsham College)  Alanna Peart (Athletics – Race Walking)  Jemma Peart (Athletics – Race Walking)  Milly Sharp (Netball)  Charlotte Ashley (Rowing)  Anna Leighton (Special Olympics – Swimming)  Ruby Rothman (Tennis)

The 7 finalists for the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport Male “Athlete of the Year” award include:

 Graeme Frislie (Cycling / Bacchus Marsh Grammar)
 Jackson Sleep (Ballarat Football Umpires)
 Jesse Norton (Cycling)
 Paddy Murphy (Golf)
 Sam Rizzo (Para Athletics)
 Brad Saunders (Skateboarding)  Rory Carroll (Table Tennis)

Corey Saitta, Executive Officer of the FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport said, “The presentation evening provides a wonderful opportunity for our athletes to be showcased in front of the broader sporting and general community of Ballarat and the region.”

“It is an opportunity to celebrate some of the outstanding performances and achievements the athletes have delivered in the past 12 months. The opportunity to partner with the Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club for the August dinner is significant for our organisation and we are grateful for the support provided by the club”.

The winners of the Female and Male “Athlete of the Year” awards will be presented by FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport Patron and former Olympic and Commonwealth Games Champion Athlete, Steve Moneghetti.

Former VFL/AFL Premiership Player, Coach and current Administrator, Neil Balme – General Manager of Football at the Richmond Football Club, is the guest speaker.

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