Ipswich sports awards hit mark

The 2015 City of Ipswich Sports Awards Dinner was a cracker of a night.

It was a chance for our sport and recreation clubs to let their hair down as we celebrated some of the finest achievements over the past 12 months.

Ipswich City Council and Sport Ipswich would like to congratulate all the finalists and of course our 11 winners:

  • Official of the Year - Steve Rogers (hockey)
  • Masters Sportsperson of the Year - Greg Lebeter (triathlon)
  • Coach of the Year - Calvin Hegvold (basketball)
  • Team of the Year - Ipswich Jets (rugby league)
  • Corporate Sponsor of the Year - Boettcher Nissan (Ipswich Basketball)
  • Sporting Organisation of the Year - Ipswich Jets
  • Volunteer of the Year - Margret Mantell (hockey)
  • Sports Excellence of the Year - Leah Neale (swimming)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Christine Denkel (softball)
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Louis Dobbelaar (golf)
  • Senior Sportsperson of the Year - Kev Dowd (archery)

Thank you to everyone who came to the North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre on Saturday night. We had over 200 people in attendance and it was wonderful to see the support for one another and the Ipswich pride that was shown.

Our guest speaker Rupert McCall delivered a poem personally written for the night titled The Roar of Ipswich. The poem sent some goose bumps around the room and it will be a fantastic keepsake for the community. We will include the poem in next week's Sport Ipswich column.

We fielded a few questions on the night about being able to get copies of the photos from the photographer. We should get the photos in the next few weeks and we will be sure to post them on our website and Facebook page for everyone to view. You can then contact us if you would like the high res copy.

Remember if you would like to give a sporting program or event that you're organising a plug in this column be sure to post the details on our Facebook page facebook.com/sportipswich or email sportrecreation@ipswich.qld.gov.au

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