Published by Cobram Courier online and in print on February 26.
More than 130 people gathered at Barooga Sports Club on Thursday night to recognise outstanding achievements of the sporting community during the past year.
Soccer player Gianluca Iannucci and barefoot waterskier Dion Sullivan were recognised as leaders in their sports.
Barooga Sports Bowls Club was named Team of the Year and the holder of multiple life memberships at numerous clubs, Jill Toohey, won the Services to Sport Award for her decades of dedication.
The Sports Star of the Year awards are held annually to recognise local players who have made significant contributions to sport in Cobram Barooga and district.
The awards are presented by Sporties and supported by the Cobram Courier and Central Murray Credit Union.
Sporties marketing and promotions manager Mick O’Dwyer said Thursday’s turn out was the best in the ceremony’s 24-year history.
‘‘Let’s hope that our community can go forward and continue to produce those fantastic sports people,’’ O’Dwyer said.
‘‘And those people who give time to sport over the years.’’
Attendees enjoyed a two-course dinner in Sporties’ Garden Room while listening to the ceremony.
O’Dwyer invited each of the 11 nominees for the junior and senior divisions to the podium to speak about their year of achievements.
The individuals spoke passionately about their sport and their clubs, with most making mention of coaches and family members who supported them throughout their careers.
Former AFL great and 1991-92 Junior Sports Star of the Year Tim Hargreaves spoke to O’Dwyer about the ups and downs of a career which spanned seven clubs.
Hargreaves, who is currently playing for Barooga Football Club, said he was looking forward to making the most of his remaining time on the field.
‘‘I’ve played footy for 20 odd years now and I’m trying to hang on as long as I can,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve got two young boys and one on the way.
‘‘I’m really looking forward to making new friends and enjoying myself throughout the year.’’
●See this week’s Courier for Sports Star of the Year winners.