MORE than 130 guests turned out to celebrate Baulkham Hills Sports Person of Year Awards at Baulkham Hills Sport Club on July 11.
The awards recognise the best athletes of the past year in each respective sporting club associated with Baulkham Hills Sports Club.
Among the recipients was Ashley Thomas, who holds a full scholarship with NSW Institute of Sport in hockey and is a member of the under-21 NSW men's team. Another was Chris Springall, the Baulkham Hills Sports Cricket Club president.
A Baulkham Hills Cricket Club member for over 30 years, he was the club's highest run scorer in the last season, scoring 700 runs at an average of 58.33 in the B2 competition.
The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne was among the special guests and presented junior sports recipients with their awards in the sports of baseball, cricket, football, hockey and netball.
Winter Olympian John Farrow, who finished 17th in the Skeleton event at Sochi earlier this year, treated guests to his inspiring story filled with determination and adrenalin.
In the past year the club has assisted its associated sporting clubs and community sport with sports club $140,000 of funding.
JUNIOR SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR:
Baseball: Tom Roberts
Cricket: Chris Blinman (George Horwood Perpetual Trophy)
Football: Emma Monahan
Hockey: Cameron Hunter
Women’s hockey: Lara Newey
Netball: Josephine Lenaz
SENIOR SPORTSPERSONS OF THE YEAR:
Baseball: Craig Cant.
Cricket: Chris Springall (Mike Bertoldo Memorial Trophy).
Football: Michael Katalanic.
Golf: John Millers.
Women’s hockey: Rhiannon Kentish.
Men’s hockey: Ashley Thomas.
Netball: Karen Wylde.