Cream of the crop rises to the top in May
SPORTS AWARDS: Clarence Valley Sports awards judges have got their work cut out for them as they attempt to split a record-setting field of 14 nominations for the Sportsperson of the Month awards for May.
Two-time monthly award winner Lindsey Wall is back in the running for the Senior sportsperson gong after clinching victory on home soil in the Yamba Ultimate Triathlon event.
Wall is joined in the field by South Grafton boxer Zac Cotten who won the North Coast Light Heavyweight belt last month, Grafton Ghosts first-grade fullback Mitch Lollback, Grafton Vikings conference-winning captain Sam Wicks and Lower Clarence Rowing Club master Kerryn Saunders.
Grafton dragon boat paddler Tom McKenna is also among the nominations after picking up medals at the state and national titles and World Master's Games in New Zealand, as well as masters swimmer Helmut Klein, Grafton golfer Janette Blair and Hockey Australia representative Mick Russ who helped Grafton Over 50s to the state title for the first time on home soil.
The junior ranks will be just as hard to separate for judges with five sports recognised across the seven nominations.
Former monthly award winner Jaeben Loy returns to the nomination field after a stellar effort in polocrosse competitions across New South Wales last month, culminating in a best junior and best local award at the recent Grafton Polocrosse Carnival.
Loy will have to compete with Grafton hockey stars Ashleigh Ensbey and Hayley Fischer who were selected in the NSW Under-15s team, tenpin bowling star Kiara Clark, NSW Country and NSW CHS rugby union representative Caleb Barker as well as NSW AFL juniors Georgia Breward and Lily Doyle.
The two monthly winners will be revealed in The Daily Examiner on Wednesday.
If you know someone who has gone above and beyond on the sporting field and believe they deserve to be recognised by the award, then nominate them.
Nomantions are open for the month of June and will close on Friday, June 30. You can nominate by downloading a form from the Clarence Valley Sports Awards Facebook page or by simply emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, a reason why and a contact number.
All monthly winners go in to the running to become the Junior or Senior Sportsperson of the Year which will be named at the Clarence Valley Sports Awards dinner on November 11 at the Yamba Golf and Country Club.
Other awards will be given out including Masters Sportsperson of the Year, Team of the Year, Club of the Year and Coach of the Year with nominations open for those also.