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    CLUB OF THE YEAR: Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club committee members, from left, Jenelle Patterson, Tanya Henderson, Louise Puls, Kara Puls, Maree Woodhart and Sarah Campey. Mrs Patterson was also awarded the Unsung Hero award.
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    Dimboola Bowls Club's Ian McRae recieved the 'veteran' award at the Sports Star of the Year event.
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    Swifts Football Netball Club's Ian O'Donnell was awarded 'valued volunteer' at the Sports Star of the Year Awards.
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    Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club coach Lynette Morrow. Women in Sport award.
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    Laelah Robertson and Molly Carter accepted best team recognition on behalf of Volleyball Horsham's womens division one team.
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    St Brigid's College Sports Coordinator Brydie Hutchinson accepted 'sporting school' accolades at the Sports Star of the Year Awards.
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    Wimmera Umpire Association's Cameron Pickering was recognised as an official at the Sports Star of the Year Awards.
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    Ash Grace was recognised for her coaching of St Brigid's College and Horsham Saints netballers at the Sports Star of the Year Awards.
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    Jenelle Patterson of Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club was awarded 'unsung hero' at
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    Chavi Sulic recieved the 'Ian Niblett scholarship fund' and 'junior sports star' award at the Sports Star of the Year Awards.

Kate-Lyn Perkin wins top Wimmera sports star accolade

By Sean O’Connell

Kate-Lyn Perkin has won Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly’s sports star of the year award for her success at an international tennis event in Spain. 

Perkin won the singles and mixed doubles championships, partnered with fellow Australian Rowen D’Souza, at the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance World Championships. 

Perkin said her journey to Spain started with an email seeking more women to participate at the Glam Slam, an LGBTI+ tennis event run annually at the Australian Open on Pride Day.

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“I played doubles and singles in my first year of Glam Slam and then my second year, I played doubles, singles and mixed with my husband, Ben Perkin,” she said. 

“I literally won the second event, where I met Billie-Jean King, and then jumped on a plane two days later to go to Spain.”

Perkin said she won the singles championship and mixed doubles with Rowan D’Souza in an Australia versus United States final, which they went on to win after losing the first set 0-6. 

“It was at a little tennis club, just like we would have in Horsham,” she said.

“Everyone was there to win on the court, but as soon as you got off, it was ‘whose shout is it for a beer?’. That is the really good thing about tennis, no matter where you go, it’s the same.”

Logan Young, Jed Hermans, Remo Luciani, Jorja Clode and Hailey Puls were also nominated for sports star of the year, for excellence in their different sports. 

Other award winners included –

Grassroots award: Joel Freijah, Western Bulldogs footballer.

Valued volunteer: Ian O’Donnell, Swifts Football Netball Club. 

Access All Abilities Athlete: Local, Indya Baulch; national, Josh Barry. 

Tom Gawith Spirit of Community award: Ben Lakin, Will Robertson, Joel, Jarrod and Tom Berry – Marathon for Mum. 

Unsung Hero: Jenelle Patterson, Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club. 

Veteran: Ian McCrae, Dimboola Bowls Club. 

Coach of the year: Ash Grace, St Brigid’s College and Horsham Saints netball. 

Official of the year: Cameron Pickering, Wimmera Umpires Association.

Women in Sport award: Lynette Morrow, Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club. 

Junior sports star and Ian Niblett Scholarship Fund: Chavi Sulic, Team Vic football. 

Club of the year: Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club.

Sporting School: St Brigid’s College, Horsham. 

Team of the year: Volleyball Horsham women’s division-one team.  

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