Gloucester’s sporting stars honoured: PHOTOS

BARRINGTON Public School’s football team is the 2013 Gloucester Sports Star of the Year.

The team, which reached the semi-final of the NSW Small Schools competition, and only narrowly missed out on a place in the grand final, was judged to be the standout performer in another hugely successful year for Gloucester sport.

Hockey player Bruce Snape was named Coach of the Year for his efforts with the NSW and Australian Masters hockey side while lawn bowler Nathan Butler received Senior Sportsperson of the Year.

Tennis player Lleyton Richards was named Junior Sportsperson, while lawn bowler Col Hebblewhite was rewarded for his excellent year on the greens by winning the veterans’ award.

Gloucester Pony Club took home Event of the Year for its hosting of the State Pony Club Championships, while president Brett Howard was named Administrator of the Year.

Gloucester Netball’s Kylie Johnson was Umpire of the Year while Barrington Public took out Team of the Year. Ruby Cliffe received the Rising Star Encouragement Award for her efforts in little athletics.

In a special presentation, Sports Council president Ollie Rinkin was presented with life membership of the organisation.

An emotional Mr Rinkin urged the many parents in the audience to keep encouraging and supporting their children.

Pistol shooters, husband and wife Gwen and Allan McClure were inducted into the Gloucester sporting Hall of Fame for their success on the national stage, while rugby league player

Neville ‘Ross’ Johnson received a posthumous induction, accepted on his behalf by wife Fay.

Five outstanding athletes were named as Local Legends – tennis player Fay Westley, golfer Lorna Taylor, boxer Les ‘Bruno’ Mills, hockey player Allan ‘Toby’ Wilson and shooter Frank Gerrard, whose posthumous award was accepted by wife Audrey.