Lower Eyre Peninsula sports people recognised

CHAMPIONS: AFLW footballer Erin Phillips with this year's award winners, Jo Franklin (Sports Volunteer Award), Jade Calverley (Lower Eyre Peninsula Sports Person of the Year) and Brett Mickan (accepting for Bridie Mickan, McDonalds Junior Sports Person of the Year).
CHAMPIONS: AFLW footballer Erin Phillips with this year's award winners, Jo Franklin (Sports Volunteer Award), Jade Calverley (Lower Eyre Peninsula Sports Person of the Year) and Brett Mickan (accepting for Bridie Mickan, McDonalds Junior Sports Person of the Year).

Swimmers Jade Calverley and Bridie Mickan, as well as netball volunteer Jo Franklin were recognised with sport awards on Friday evening.

The Lower Eyre Sports Person of the Year, McDonalds Junior Sports Person of the Year and Sports Volunteer Awards were presented in a ceremony at Ravendale.

Miss Calverley was selected as Sports Person of the Year for her achievements in swimming, which included six gold medals at the World Dwarf Games last year.

Miss Calverley thanked the community, including everyone in the room, for their support.

“I see you all down in the streets and you all thank me and you all tell me you’re proud of me, and that means so much to me,” she said.

“You guys are all really cool, and you’ve done a lot for me.”

Fellow swimmer Bridie Mickan was named as Junior Sports Person of the Year, selected from a list of 10 nominations.

Bridie was absent as she had travelled to Broken Hill for the SA Country Championships so her father Brett Mickan accepted the award on her behalf.

Mrs Franklin was named as the inaugural Sports Volunteer Award winner for her services to the Port Lincoln Netball Association and was selected from a list of seven nominees.

Mrs Franklin said it was important for people to put their hands up to volunteer at local sporting clubs to help keep them going.

All awards were presented by master of ceremonies Ian Beeby and special guests, AFLW premiership player and Olympic silver medallist Erin Phillips.

The awards night was sponsored by Magic 89.9, 5CC, Rotary Port Lincoln and Port Lincoln City Council.

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