Gloucester's Sports Star of the Year awards for 2018

It was the sports community's night of nights, as nominees, family and friends gathered for the Gloucester Sports Star of the Year Awards for 2018.

Around 200 people attended the annual event hosted by the Gloucester Sport Committee held at the Gloucester Soldiers Club on Saturday May 11.

The event is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of Gloucester's athletes from the 2018 season, as well as recognised those have a long history with sport.

Anthony Zanos from 2RE returned as the long standing Master of Ceremonies keeping the event running smoothly and a close eye on night's footy scores.

This year's original guest speaker, Kate Jenner was called away to represent Australia in women's hockey and her replacement was Judith Laing, a highly qualified hockey coach and distinguished representative player in both hockey and cricket. She gave the group a quick background about Kate before talking about the trials and tribulations of competitive sport, mainly about her experience of not being selected.

After dinner, it was on with the awards. Firstly, the 'Over 70s' certificates were presented to Margaret Andrews, Terry Davies and Lou Urby by committee president, Ollie Rinkin.

Following on, all the nominees were called up to the front and given a certificate before the winner from each category was announced.

Award winners:

Encouragement - Isabella Fisher (Pony Club)

Junior - Sarah Schiffman (Gloucester High School Cross Country)

Match Official - Janelle Davis (Netball)

Coach - Dave Keen and Mark Coombes (Hockey)

Club Administrator - Robyn Beggs (Netball)

Event of the Year - Open AMT & JT (Tennis)

Team - Zone 25 (Pony Club)

Senior - Ethan Bird (GHS Squash)

Veteran - Jeff Jennings (Archery)

Athlete with a Disability - Courtney Webeck (GHS Cross Country & Athletics)

An overall winner from the nominees was chosen as the Sports Star of the Year, and this year it was a combined award, going to: Sarah Schiffman and Courtney Webeck.

Mitch Kellner was inducted in the the Hall of Fame for his motorcycle career, and Local Legends - Alan (Joe) Smith, Laurie Atkins and John Hughes were acknowledged for their contribution to sport.

Boxing legend Bill Booth was also given a special mention during the event for his past sport achievements.