The 2019 Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) Annual Presentation evening was held at Panthers Bathurst on Saturday 17 August 2019.  The evening recognised the substantial achievements of WRAS athletes, the hard working squad staff and the other valuable supporters and volunteers. Mr Phil Cole, WRAS Life Member and General Manager, 1503 2BS Gold/B-Rock was Master of Ceremony for the evening attended by 360 guests.

Daniel Barber of Dubbo (Cycling athlete) was awarded the WRAS 2019 Athlete of the Year. Danny is an Australian Record holder – he broke the 200m sprint record twice in 2019. Danny is a 5 time Australian Champion taking home 5 gold, 2 silvers and the Champion of Champions title from the National Track Championships. Danny was Cycling NSW – Cyclist of the Year for the junior 17 men’s age group. Following on from this incredible year of achievements, Danny was offered a scholarship with the NSW Institute of Sport.

Cushla Rue (Lone Star – football athlete from Bathurst) was Runner-up Athlete of the Year. Cushla represented NSW in the state team at the National Youth Championships and the National Training Challenge held at the Australian Institute of Sport. Cushla travels to Sydney 3 times a week for training and to compete for the Football NSW Institute of Sport in the National Premier League which is one level below W-League. Very impressive for a 15 year old.

The Chairman’s Award for Excellence was presented to Jonathan Limbrick of Bathurst.  Jonathan not only excels at a high level in his sport but is committed to his education and community.

Squad Athletes of the Year (highest achiever in their sport) were:

AFL                               Eloise Hiller-Stanbrook (Dubbo)

Basketball Senior         Lewellyn Kingham (Bathurst)

Basketball Junior         Eli Morris (Lithgow)

Cycling                         Daniel Barber (Dubbo)

Golf                              Cameron Jackson (Bathurst)

Hockey                        Sally Uttley (Millthorpe)

Individual                     Cushla Rue (Bathurst)

Netball                         Amelia Wilcox (Orange)

Swimming                    Thomas Robinson (Grenfell)

Coach’s Award recipients (for the most dedicate or improved athlete) were:

AFL                                Erin Naden (Orange)

Basketball Senior          Blake Goldspink (Lithgow)

Basketball Junior          Ainsley Holmes (Orange)

Cycling                          Ben Anderson (Orange) and Haylee Fuller (Dubbo)

Golf                                Ella Murray (Dubbo)

Hockey                          Mackenzie Stewart (Lithgow)

Netball                           Annalise Maier (Parkes)

Chairman’s Award for Excellence nominees (overall excellence) were:

AFL                               Mikelli Garratt (Cowra)

Basketball                     Jonathan Limbrick (Bathurst)

Cycling                          Kalinda Robinson (O’Connell)

Golf                               Ben Davis (Bathurst)

Netball                          Isabella Attwater (Narromine)

Swimming                     Emilee Curran (Bathurst)

Strength and Conditioning Award recipients (for the most dedicate or improved athlete in S&C sessions) were:

AFL                               Amelia Chapman (Bathurst) and Elizabeth Gibson (Orange)

Basketball                     Charlie Wilson (Orange)

Individual                      Henry Palmer (Bathurst) and Cushla Rue (Bathurst)

The Coach of the Year  was awarded to WRAS cycling co-ordinating coaches Vaughn Eather (Dubbo) and Marian Renshaw (Bathurst). This award was sponsorsed by Greater Bank to support the valuable contribution of community volunteers.