Talent vies for sports star crown

A DOZEN fantastic athletes have been named finalists for this year’s South Western Times AJ “Tood” Buswell Sports Star of the Year award.

The annual award ceremony is set to be held at the City of Bunbury Function Centre from 6pm on Wednesday, with 2017’s best South West athlete to be revealed.

Former winner and world number seven female BMX rider Lauren Reynolds is going for her second win, but has hot competition from multiple featherweight boxing champion Nathaniel “Cheeky” May, world sailing champion Will Drew and Australian representatives Cameron Gliddon (basketball) and Jake Harvie (hockey).

Myalup’s Brad Maiolo is also a finalist after winning his secondconsecutive AHG Sprintcar Series, while Fremantle Dockers midfielder Connor Blakely is in the running again after a fantastic season for the Dockers.

Big Bash League winning Perth Scorcher and West Australian wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman is a finalist again, while thoroughbred trainer Justin Warwick follows his daughter with a finalist position, after jockey Lucy was part of last year’s ceremony.

Badminton player Rosemary Smith has also been recognised for an outstanding year in 2017, where she competed amongst the world’s best at the masters games in New Zealand.

Collie Eagles midfielder and reigning Hayward Medallist Travis Cleggett and inaugural Nola Marino medallist and Bunbury premiership coach Trish Lake round out the list of fantastic finalists.

South Western Times group editor Wayne Vitali said he was proud of the newspaper’s partnership with the Buswell family and the City of Bunbury to present such a fantastic annual award.

“Each year we bring together the best athletes of the South West and crown a sports star of the year,” he said.

“There have been so many worthy winners and I am excited to see who wins this year’s award from an outstanding field of finalists.” Follow the South Western Times’ Facebook page on Wednesday night for all the results from the event.

Source: South Western Times.