On Thursday 24 October, Randwick City Council hosted the 2019 Sports Awards. These hotly contested awards acknowledge our City's aspiring athletes, not only for their athletic prowess, but also for their fabulous attitude, dedication and commitment to being a team player.
Bradley Mathews Memorial Award
Since 1979, Randwick Council has acknowledged our finest young athletes with the Bradley Matthews Memorial Award for Sporting Excellence. This award is open to high school students who live, attend school or are strongly affiliated with a sporting club within the City of Randwick.
2019 Winner of the Bradley Mathews Award: Kate Arnol
Kate is the ultimate all-rounder sports star. This year, Kate won Gold at the National Taekwondo Association of Australia in the 40-50kg Black Belt Division. She also plays AFL for the U18’s Maroubra Saints in which she was selected for the NSW Female Talent Program Academy. Also Kate was recognised at school as the Age Champion for Cross Country and Athletics. Off the field Kate gives back to her community by teaching, coaching and volunteering at Jai Martial Arts. She also is an active patrolling member of South Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club.
2019 Judges Award runner-up in the Bradley Mathews category: Brook Paterson
This year, Brooke was selected in the NSW U17’s Netball Team. The team represented NSW at the 2019 National Netball Championships in Brisbane, where they made it all the way to the Grand Final and bought home a silver medal. Through Brooke’s hard work she recently received a sponsorship from NSW Institute of Sport and has been selected for the Australian under 17’s squad. Brooke gives back to the Netball community umpiring at the local competition and helping younger players.
Junior Sports Award
The Randwick City Junior Sporting Award recognises our young sportsmen and women and encourages their dedication and commitment to their chosen sport.
2019 Junior Female Athlete winner: Tali Baltineshter
This year Tali represented NSW at the 2019 National Athletics Championships for the under 14’s Javelin in which she won silver, ranking her second in Australia. This was an outstanding achievement for Tali as she was competing above her age group at a national level. Tali demonstrates commitment in both school and club sports and also competes at a high level for basketball, discus and shot put.
2019 Junior Male Athlete winner: Marcus Da Silva
Marcus has been selected to participate in the state and national swimming squads after placing first in the 2019 NSW State Age Championships for 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle. Marcus attends Marcellin College Randwick, where he is recognised as the 2019 U13’s Champion for Swimming.
2019 Judges Award to the runner-up in the Junior Female Athlete winner: Sarah Jane Malcolm
Sarah is a young and upcoming Diver. She is part of the NSW Representative Diving Elite Team. This year she competed at the 2019 Australian Elite Junior Diving Championships, in which she placed second in the Junior three-metre Springboard. Sarah also participated at the 2018 Pacific School Games and placed first in the three-metre Springboard.
Randwick City Hall of Sporting Champions 2019 Inductee: John Sutton
One of the modern day legends of the Rabbitohs, John is the Club’s most capped first-grade player and has played more grade games for the Club than anyone else in its 111-year history. John is a Souths junior who captained the Club to its 21st premiership success in 2014, and still holds a leadership role within the squad. Congratulations John.