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Community and sporting excellence celebrated at awards night

Port Hedland volunteers, community groups and sportspeople were celebrated at the 2013 Port Hedland Community Awards on 9 December 2013.

Award Recipients
Above: The recipients of the 2013 Port Hedland Community Awards which were presented at an awards ceremony 

Held on the same day as International Volunteers Day, the Port Hedland Community Awards (formerly known as the Volunteers and Sports Awards) recognises the achievements of groups and individuals in the volunteer and sporting community over the past 12 months.

The winners of the awards are:


Community Service   Winner         Sporting Excellence  Winner 
ITOCHU Youth Volunteer     
Award (under 25 years)    
Samantha Wainwright ITOCHU Junior Sports Person 
of the Year (under 18 years)
Rachel Leong
McDonald's Community     
Volunteer Award
Ian Gillingham  Rio Tinto Sport 
Star of the Year
Christian Wise 
 Horizon Power Community     
Group Award
Hedland Community     
Living Association
Port Hedland RSL Percy Gratwick     
VC Sporting Club of the Year 
Port Hedland 
Netball Association     
Port Hedland Port Authority     
Community Safety Award
Hedland State 
Emergency Service Unit    
Town of Port Hedland Sporting 
Volunteer of the Year
Lisa Lock


Acting Mayor Gloria Jacob congratulated everyone who was nominated for an award and thanked all the sponsors for this year’s community awards.

“Being recognised by your peers and wider community for your achievements and contributions is always wonderful, and the Town is pleased to be able to assist in celebrating our unsung heroes,” she said.

“A big thank you has to go to our award partners- ITOCHU, Rio Tinto Dampier Salt, Horizon Power, Port Hedland Port Authority and McDonald’s, and our supporting partners the North West Telegraph, Spirit Radio, Raw Hire, Department of Sport and Recreation and Department of Communities, and Bullbuck.

“Without them we would not have been able to provide the awards and hold the presentation night for our award nominees and recipients.”

Each of the award recipients received $1000 cash to help them achieve their goals, as well as flowers.

The award recipients will also become a part of local history with their names being added to a community honour board.

The Town is accepting nominations for the 2014 Community Awards and nomination forms can be downloaded from the Town’s website at


Contact Reference: Rebecca Nicol: Manager Marketing and Public Affairs - Town of Port Hedland - Phone: (08) 9158 9327