Gladstone trio earns top honour in Australia Day awards
THREE of Gladstone's sporting identities have been recognised in Gladstone Regional Council's Australia Day Awards.
Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said all three winners were wonderful role-models for the community.
Cheryl Ogden was announced as Senior Sports Person of the Year on Saturday morning.
Some of her achievements contributing to her nomination included being the winner of the 55-59 age division at the Queensland Long Course Triathlon Championships 2011, winning the 50+ age group at the Hervey Bay 100 Triathlon 2011 and taking out the 55-59 age division at the Goondiwindi Hell of West Half Ironman 2012.
"As someone who took up the sport rather late in life, she has given it her all and done exceptionally well," Cr Sellers said.
Rebekah Pearce received the Australia Day Young Sports Person of the Year award for her achievements in volleyball, playing at high level competitions throughout Australia and overseas.
Rebekah was a member of the Gladstone State High School Volleyball School of Excellence open team.
Cr Sellers said she had known Rebekah for quite some time and continued to be amazed at her efforts and ability.
"She has put quite a lot in and it is wonderful to see her rewarded," she said.
Sports Official of the Year went to founder of the Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club Michael Daly, for his experience as a coach or team manager at state, national and international level.
Senior Sports Person of the Year 2013 Cheryl Ogden.
Cheryl was nominated for:
Winner of the 55-59 age division at the Queensland Long Course Triathlon Championships 2011
- Winner in 50+ age group at the Hervey Bay 100 Triathlon 2011
- Winner of the 55-59 age division at the Goondiwindi Hell of West Half Ironman 2012
- Winner of the 55-59 age group in the 2012 Hervey Bay Olympic Distance Triathlon
- Placed 5th in the Ironman World Championships held in Las Vegas this year
- Winner of the Goondiwindi Hell of West Half Ironman in 2010
- Winner of the ITU Long Distance World Championships in Perth in 2009
- Placed 6th in the ITU Olympic Distance World Championships at the Gold Coast in 2009
Rebekah Pearce recieved the Australia Day Young Sports Person of the Year award
Rebekah was nominated for:
Member of the Gladstone State High School Volleyball School of Excellence open team
- Played at high level volleyball competitions throughout Australia and overseas
- Selected in the Queensland U17 volleyball team which won the National Championships
- Part of the Australian youth team playing international matches against New Zealand
- Selected in the U19 Capricornia volleyball team
- Player in the volleyball open elite team that won silver at State Championships
- Contested the National Schools Volleyball Championships in Melbourne
- Regular player and member of the Gladstone Volleyball Association
- Plays representative games in the senior volleyball women's competition
- Fundraises to cover costs associated with sporting travel
Sports Official of the Year went to Michael Daly
Michael was nominated for:
- Founder of the Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club
- Experience as a coach or team manager at state, national and international level
- Assistant Australian Elite Men's Boxing Coach at the 2012 and 2008 Olympic Games
- Assistant Australian Elite Men's Boxing Coach at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
- Coached more than 65 Queensland and 30 Australian junior and senior boxing champions including Ben McEachran, Daniel Beahan, Jeff Taylor, Emma Carruthers, Liam Nicholson and Billy Ward.
- Promotes acceptable behaviour among youth through his boxing program
- Has assisted disengaged youth regain focus
Role model and mentor to many Gladstone young people