Gladstone Regional Council has announced winners from the 2024 Australia Day Awards, held on Thursday 25th January at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre. A total of nine categories were announced with two of them including Young People’s Sport and Recreation and Sport and Recreation.
Ethan Sharpe has been honoured with the Young People’s Sport and Recreation Award, a recognition well-deserved for his outstanding achievements in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics. His remarkable journey includes being crowned the 2023 Australian All Around Level 9 Open Champion, where he also claimed the national titles on rings and floor. Ethan’s excellence extends further as he secured gold for Queensland in the team event and bronze on vault. To qualify for the nationals, he not only emerged as the all-around State Champion but also secured gold on pommel and rings, silver on the floor and vault, and bronze on the high bar.
Ethan’s success is even more awe-inspiring considering the challenges he overcame. In 2022, he suffered a wrist ligament injury that sidelined him from training for six months. Despite this setback, Ethan demonstrated resilience and determination, becoming the Gladstone Region’s first men’s artistic national champion. Serving as the Men’s Captain at the Gladstone Gymnastics Club, he goes beyond his achievements to inspire and guide young gymnasts through coaching, imparting valuable lessons on training for success at the highest levels. Additionally, Ethan obtained qualification as a Men’s Intermediate Bronze Judge in 2023, enabling him to officiate at both State and National levels. His commitment extends to supporting regional events, whether through judging or volunteering, ensuring their smooth execution. Ethan’s passion for gymnastics extends beyond competition; he actively encourages aspiring gymnasts to develop into well-rounded individuals with a strong work ethic and respect for others.
Also a big congratulations to the other nominees: Linzi McBean, Tom Crawshaw, Felicity Webb, Milly Sharpe, William (Billy) Price, Hayden Tabone, Sidney Crawshaw, Kayden Gibson and Talon Egan.
William Webb has been honoured with the Sport and Recreation Award in recognition of his significant contributions to sports administration and coaching in the Gladstone Region. With a rich history of dedicated service, Bill played a pivotal role in reviving Meteors Sports Club when it faced a daunting $90,000 debt three years ago. He generously volunteered as the functions and marketing manager while also assuming the role of an acting groundsman, dedicating 10 hours each week to support the club. Bill’s initiatives extended beyond the club’s boundaries as he established a home for the Special Olympics at Meteors and initiated the Free Sports for Kids campaign, providing assistance to underprivileged children. This campaign has benefited 110 children, offering them free uniforms, coaching, and waiving Football Queensland fees.
In addition to his remarkable contributions to Meteors, Bill holds numerous coaching certificates and serves as the Football Technical Director at Meteors Football Club. Notably, he is an Australian PGA member, imparting his expertise to 130 junior golfers in the region. Bill’s passion for sports development is evident in his efforts to introduce golf to Kin Kora State School and Calliope High School. Over the past year, he has continued to enhance his knowledge by attending the Asian Pacific Golf Teaching Conference and participating in PGA seminars across Melbourne, the Sunshine Coast, and Brisbane. Bill Webb’s unwavering commitment to nurturing young talents and fostering sports excellence truly sets him apart in the sporting community.
A big congratulations to the other nominees: Katrina McDonald, Kylie Cameron, Rebecca Desertiaux, Jack Smith and Molly Black.