Six Central Coast athletes, officials and coaches have been selected as finalists for NSW’s highest sport award, the prestigious NSW Champions of Sport.
Attended by the State’s sporting elite, the awards celebrate the achievements of NSW athletes, coaches, administrators and organisations across 13 categories.
Of the six finalists, three hail from the former Gosford LGA: Forresters Beach’s Paul Lemmon, Kincumber’s Ethan Scaturchio, and Avoca’s Dylan Littlehales.
Lemmon enjoyed a stellar 2018-19 season at all levels of Masters’ events in surf lifesaving.
Competing at the International, Australian and NSW Championships, he hauled in a massive tally of 28 gold medals, nine silver and seven bronze, in both pool and ocean events.
He’s a finalist for the Masters’ Athlete of the Year.
A multi-sport specialist, Scaturchio recently represented Australia at the 2019 IBSA Goalball Youth World Championships and was the leading goal scorer for the Australian Youth Boys team who finished sixth at the event.
He was leading scorer for the NSW All Abilities Futsal Team who made the Division 1 State Final.
He was also was chosen for Australia and was the youngest member of the Australian Vision Impaired Football team in their tour series against Malaysia.
Scaturchio has also represented NSW in Blind Cricket at the 2019 National Cricket Inclusion Championships after being the top run scorer in the Variety Youth Blind Cricket Series playing for Thunder.
He’s up for Young Athlete of the Year with a Disability.
Littlehales is also up for Young Athlete of the Year with a Disability after he secured a bronze medal at the World Cup and placed fourth in the Para Canoe World Championships.
His results this year saw Littlehales qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Sport NSW Chairperson, Carolyn Campbell, congratulated all finalists saying that they have represented NSW sport with honour and distinction over the past 12 months.
“They have made an immense contribution to sport and to our state and have proven themselves to be fabulous community role models,” said Campbell.
“These finalists join a magnificent assembly of previous athletes, coaches, administrators and organisations who have been considered as finalists in the most prestigious sports Awards NSW offers.
The Awards ceremony will be held in Sydney on November 18.
Media release, Oct 21
Greg Campbell, Prism Communications