SPORT

Sauvage and Wilkinson at Gala Sports Star Dinner

PARALYMPIC great Louise Sauvage and Socceroo defender Alex Wilkinson are two high profile guests at the upcoming TWT Club Six/Ryde Sports Foundation Sports Star of the Year Gala Dinner on Friday May 6 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.

Sauvage, a former winner of the prestigious Sports Star of the Year award, is often regarded as the most renowned disabled sportswoman in Australia.

She is a two-time gold medal-winning Australian Paralympic wheelchair racer; winner of four Boston Marathons and holds world records in the 1500m, 5000m and 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays.

Wilkinson, a former Sports Star of the Year finalist, is helping the Socceroos prepare for 2018 World Cup qualifiers and Melbourne City chase A-League honours in the 2016 finals series.

Esteemed sports broadcaster Steve Robilliard will MC the Gala event.

Ryde Sports Foundation will host the annual Dinner from 7pm with an outstanding array of local sporting talent on parade.

2015-16 Grand Finalists include Cameron Nicholls (touch football), Sam Fricker (diving), Georgia Winkcup (athletics), Sophie Khatchigian (rhythmic gymnastics), Ben Stevanovic (rugby league), Amy Sommerville (netball), Tim Brand (hockey), Tim Heyes (field athletics), Liam Scott (cricket), Nathan Barbieri (golf), Alex Lee (table tennis) and Maddie Wunsch (swimming).

All finalists will share $12,000 in prizemoney and will receive individual trophies on the night.

They’ll receive a further $700 to go on top of their $300 monthly awards courtesy of Club Six.

33rd Sports Star of the Year winner also will be presented with the Ryde Sports Foundation Ross Horner Mayoral Perpetual Shield by Ryde City Mayor Jerome Laxale.

Royal Rehab Achievement Award recipients Kevin Luu, Kate Darmody, Erik Horrie and Kaitlin Brown will be introduced to patrons on the night and are in contention for the inaugural Royal Rehab Sports Achiever’s Trophy.

Tickets $50 includes three course meal with wine, beer and soft drinks and can ONLY be purchased from Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club reception desk. Inquiries 9807-2444.