2017 RAC WA SPORT STAR AWARD WINNERS
Western Australia has some fantastic sporting stars and the RAC WA Sports Star Awards recognise excellence in sport and celebrate the achievements of sports people from WA on and off the field.
At last week’s Award Dinner, Sasha Zhoya and Anne Stingemore were announced as winners in their respective categories. On behalf of Athletics WA – congratulations!
Railtrain Junior Sports Star - Sasha Zhoya
For Sasha Zhoya, the athletic world is his oyster. The multi-talented rising star from Coolbellup has ticked several boxes on his way to becoming a world-class athlete. But the 15-year-old is not content to do it in just one sport. At the Australian National Athletics Championships last year, Sasha, who trains with Alex Parnov and Paul Burgess in the pole vault program at WAIS, set a world record of 4.92m for a 14-year-old in the under-17 pole vault, set another in the under-17 110m hurdles and then the golds kept coming in the under-16 pole vault, the under-16 200m and the under-16 long jump. Not to sit on his hands, Sasha got down to business again at the Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide last December when won three gold medals, and in the process, broke a national record in the under-18 hurdles and also took out the pole vault and the under-16 200m.
RAC Insurance Service to Sport - Anne Stingemore
It appears Anne Stingemore can’t get enough of athletics and when she works as an official at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this year, it will be her 51st year in the sport where she’s taken on various roles over the previous half century – as an athlete, coach, official, historian, archivist and records officer. It all started back in 1967 at the Mt Lawley Women’s Amateur Athletics Club when Anne found sprinting to her liking before taking on middle distance events. In fact, with boundless energy and commitment to her roles off the track, Anne still competes at Masters’ level where she has won gold, silver and bronze medals at National Masters Athletics Championships. Anne started officiating in 1992 and is seen at all weekly summer and winter competitions and since 1994 has been a member of all out of stadia organising committees, including national championships in WA. One of only two WA officials accredited to referee all athletics disciplines other than walks, Anne is a life member of the University of WA Little Athletics Club and Athletics WA and was awarded both 10 year and 20 year service awards from Athletics Australia.
The full list of winners can be found here https://rac.com.au/about-rac/community-programs/sponsorships/rac-wa-sports-star-awards?utm_source=vanity&utm_medium=print&utm_campaign=sportsstar