Pistol shooter Armidale’s top gun

WORLD champion pistol shooter Greg Dawson was last night crowned Armidale’s sportsperson of the year.
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Dawson won the 2AD-Coffee Club senior sports star of the year award from a quality field that included national and state champions and national representatives.

That quality extended through all the categories which included junior sportsperson and team of the year, and senior team.

Special guest for the night was Paralympian swimmer Matt Levy.

At the London Games Levy won gold as a member of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay 34 points team, silver in the 100m freestyle s7, and bronze in the 200m individual medley, men’s 200m breaststroke (s7) and men’s 4x100m medley relay 34 points.

Dawson also achieved on the world stage, winning the small bore standing and AAA field pistol events at the International Metallic Pistol Shooting titles.

He represented Australia at the titles, which were held in Oklahoma City, and also finished second in the small bore unlimited and big bore teams (200m).

The other finalists for the award were Brendon Howe (archery), Bronson Macklinshaw (horse sports), David Harris (mountain biking), Dennis Carson (archery), Jay Stone (athletics), Keith Ellis (hockey), Emma Gillogly (rugby union), Kasmir Gregory (orienteering) and Mitchell Bullen (cycling).

The FM 100.3/KG Motors/Bunnings Australia junior sports star of the year award went to water polo player Morgan Rowbottom.

Rowbottom was unable to be there to accept her award as she is starring for North West at the State CHS Championships in Picton.

She had a great year in the pool and was part of the NSW team that took out the U16s division at the Pan Pacific Championships in New Zealand.

On the back of her performances she was named in the Australian U16 girls’ training squad.

There were several encouragement awards handed out as well.

For the teams awards there was an overall winner as well as local and regional winners.

The New England Lions rugby union side won the overall Armidale Sportspower Senior team of the year and the state category awards for winning the Richardson Shield.

They defeated Central West in the final 25-3 to win a second shield.

The Armidale Division 1 Northern Inland State League netball side took out the regional category and the Impies netball side the local category.

The Armidale Lions U16 boys’ basketball side received the Armidale Sports Council/Armidale Sportspower Junior team of the year award and was also the regional category winner for winning the Northern Junior League and State Cup.

The state category winners were the Drummond Memorial boys’ basketballers and the local winner the Duval Hawks U11 girls’ hockey side.

Justine Kavanagh (netball), Rex Varley (pistol shooting), Carolyn Beresford and Keith Ellis (both hockey) were also presented with contribution to sport awards, while local photographer Darrel Whan was awarded a special contribution to sport award.

Morgan Rowbottom was adjudged the junior sportsperson of the year at last night’s Armidale Sports Awards for her feats in the pool. Photo: Grant Robertson 111111GRA13

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