A total of 27 nominations across three categories recognising sporting and volunteering efforts have been announced for the SportsPower Port Lincoln Sports Person of the Year Awards.
Five nominees have been announced for the SportsPower Super Warehouse Sports Person of the Year Award, to be awarded at the Ravendale Sporting Complex on February 15.
The nominees are Cassie Norton (netball), Boyd McCurry (football), Tim Ashman (orienteering), Alana Jantke (gymnastics/softball/netball) and Brooke George (netball).
The McDonald’s Junior Sports Person of the Year has 12 nominations, two more than last year.
Three nominees are recognised for multiple sports; Bryce Hammond (swimming/hockey), Bodhi Fauser (football/cricket) and Arley Byass (tennis/football).
The remaining nominees are Katie Wells (netball), Jamie Ford (swimming), Kyle Castley (football), Isaac Grima (football), Brodie Laube (football), Joseph Harris (table tennis), Missi White (gymnastics), Pearl Dessart (horse riding) and Cody Manuel (golf).
Finally the 10 nominees for the National Pharmacies Sporting Volunteer Award are Annie Jantke (netball/softball/gymnastics), Shaun Thomas (golf), Jo Jeffrey (soccer), Nerrilee McRostie (netball), Ben Adams (8 ball), Jason Regan (table tennis), Matthew Pertzel (cricket), Sandra Jensen (dragon boating), Pauline Hurrell (running) and Matt Waller (hockey).
Mrs Jantke said she was “shocked” to learn about the nomination.
“I feel very grateful people have acknowledged what I do,” she said.
“I do it because I love helping and doing what I’m doing.”
Awards committee member Darren Allard said the judges would have their work cut out deciding a winner.
“The quality of the nominations is again of a very high level and demonstrates the enormous talent as well as the number of dedicated volunteers we have here on the Lower Eyre Peninsula,” he said.
The awards have also seen SportsPower Port Lincoln come on board as major sponsors with the event to be called the SportsPower Port Lincoln Sports Person of the Year Awards for the next two years.
The awards will include special guest, tennis legend the “Cockaleechie Kid” John Fitzgerald.
Mr Allard said everyone looked forward to hearing Mr Fitzgerald recall his climb to the top of the world tennis stage.
Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty said it was going to be a great night celebrating local sporting achievements.
“I look forward to attending the presentation awards dinner and celebrating the achievements of our local sporting community and encourage everyone to come along to the presentations dinner for a fun night of celebrations,” she said.
Tickets for the evening can be booked through SA Tickets.