Sports stars make history
A golfing prodigy with a copybook swing and a champion footballer shared the honours for the 2019 West Australian RAC Sports Star Award presented before a crowd of 530 people at Optus Stadium on 13 February.
Golfing sensation Hannah Green, 23, and Fremantle Dockers captain Nathan Fyfe, 28, were announced joint winners of one of WA’s most sought-after sporting trophies which dates back to 1956. It was the second award for Fyfe after he claimed the title in 2015, following his first Brownlow Medal victory, while Green grabbed her share of the top award with an epic victory in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Green, who won last year’s Greg Norman Medal, joined exalted company in Karrie Webb and Jan Stephenson as the only Australians to have won a major on the tough LPGA Tour.
In other news at the RAC SportWest Awards, rower Hamish Henriques was crowned the Hyundai Junior Sport Star winner after he teamed with Victorian Harrison Fox to triumph in the under-19 double scull at the World Rowing Junior Championships.
Australian cricket coach Justin Langer beat stiff opposition in Ritchie Smith – Green’s coach – and Trevor Gleeson to be named the KPMG Coach of the Year after the Aussies brought home the Ashes from England for the first time since 2001 while the Perth Wildcats were named team of the year. See the full list of results for the West Australian RAC Sports Star Awards for 2019.
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