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Nominations open for Sunrise Hastings Sports Awards

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

✦ Councillor Nik Lipovac and Sunrise Rotary President Diane Hicks have opened nominations for the Sunrise Hastings Sports Awards 2023.

The Port Macquarie Hastings Sporting Fund and the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise are once again collaborating to deliver the annual Sunrise Hastings Sports Awards.

Sunrise Hastings Sports Awards 2023 as featured in Brilliant-Online
The Sports Awards Sponsors and Committee Members

The awards recognise local athletes and volunteers for their achievements in sport, with $10,000 in prizes to be awarded to help our future sporting champions achieve their dreams.

Opening the nominations for 2023, Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise’s President Diane Hicks acknowledges the importance of local sport to our community.

“Community sport brings us together; it promotes not only physical and mental health but also creates social connections and friendships that can last a lifetime. Each year our Sports Awards Committee is inspired by the stories and achievements shared by nominees, along with the commitment of volunteers and families to support young people in achieving their sporting dreams.”

“The Sunrise Hastings Sports Awards celebrate the spirit, commitment, and diversity of sporting accomplishments in our community. Nominations from a wide range of sports and the many varied roles in volunteering are encouraged,” says Diane.

The nomination period covers achievements from October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023.

The Wayne Richards Scholarship shield

Chair of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Sporting Fund Sub-Committee, Nik Lipovac, was proud to officially launch the Scholarship Shield displayed at the Port Macquarie Indoor Stadium and announced an increase in the scholarship prize to $5,000 to help with the costs associated with competing, travelling, accommodation and the purchase of uniforms.

“The Wayne Richards Scholarship Shield, recognises previous award winners, and aims to inspire our young athletes to pursue their sporting goals,” Nik said.

The Wayne Richards Scholarship was launched in 2004 by the Mayor's Sporting Fund Sub- Committee as a tribute to former Mayor Wayne Richards who established the Mayor's Sporting Fund in 1999 and was a passionate supporter of youth and sport in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region. To apply for the Wayne Richards Sporting Scholarship, visit

2022/23 Wayne Richards Scholarship Winner Trent Alley | Brilliant-Online
The Wayne Richards 2022 Scholarship winner Trent Alley ( Pictured Centre )

Since 2005 the Wayne Richards Scholarship has been awarded to 18 extraordinary local athletes representing 13 different sports including those who have achieved success at international level like Ryley Batt (Wheelchair Rugby), Lauren Kitchen (Cycling) and Luke Meier-Smith (Mountain Biking). Others have proudly represented their region and state and are on the verge of becoming future stars like Trent Alley (Athletics) and Annika Toohey (Hockey), while others turned professional including Claire Coelho (Football), Chase O’Leary (Bodyboarding) and Madi Roberts (Triathlete).

Wayne Richards Scholarship Fundraiser

The Port Macquarie-Hastings Sporting Fund and Regional Australia Bank invite you to their TRIVIA NIGHT Fundraiser at the Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club on FRIDAY AUGUST 18.(*6pm for a 7pm start through to 10pm). Tickets are $120 for a table of 8. Limited Tables so get in quick. (Rego closes Aug 16 or until sold out).

Your Quiz Masters John and Sue Carroll are back, so here's your chance to test your wits and challenge other teams on a wide variety of subjects as you vie for the honour of being named the 2023 Hastings Trivia Champions! The theme is to wear Green and Gold, but if you have any Matilda's supporter gear, then wear that! The Trivia Night is being held two nights before the Women's Football World Cup Final. This Event supports local Junior Athletes aged 13 to 21 who apply for financial support or nominate for the Wayne Richards Scholarship which provides $5 000!

Tickets now on sale at the Glasshouse Box Office or on-line here

Port Macquarie Sunrise Rotary launched the Hastings Sports Awards 24 years ago

The awards encourage participation in grass root sport across the region and provide some financial support to local champions to help them achieve their sporting goals. Previous winners have included Olympians, professional footballers, elite cyclists, and volunteers on club committees or as coaches.

This year the Sports Awards Breakfast presentation will be held at 7am on Friday, October 20 at Port Panthers and proudly sponsored by Greenmeadows Health Centre and the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise.

Nine Categories

The highly sought-after awards now include nine categories:

  • Wayne Richards Sporting Scholarship

  • Greenmeadows Health Centre Sportsperson of the Year

  • AusSport Scoreboards Junior Sportsperson of the Year (Primary School age)

  • Donovan Oates Hannaford Junior Sportsperson of the Year (High School age)

  • Flower Hotels Senior Sportsperson of the Year

  • Patterson Real Estate Junior Team of the Year (18 years and Under)

  • Donovan Oates Hannaford Senior Team of the Year

  • Laing + Simmons Port Macquarie Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

  • Hastings Physiotherapy Sporting Volunteer of the Year

  • Regional Australia Bank – Excellence in Sporting Achievements (awarded at judges’ discretion from nominees for other awards).

Nominations are now open at and will close at midnight on Friday, September 30. Nominations across all categories will automatically be entered into the Sportsperson of the Year Award sponsored by Greenmeadows Health Centre.


PMHC Communications - 0412 769 454 Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise: Elizabeth Fielding – 0407 359 512


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