Triathlete Gunnedah's top sportsperson

TRIATHLETE Lauren Robertson capped off another successful year with another Gunnedah Shire Sportsperson of the Year award on Thursday night.

For the second consecutive year Robertson was adjudged the town’s top female sportsperson and overall sporting achiever.

She also took out the female sportsperson award back in 2009.

This year saw Robertson represent Australia at the World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand in both the sprint distance and aquathon.

She was chasing a third consecutive Aquathon World title but, after picking up a foot injury mid-race, had to settle for silver.

Robertson also medalled at the NSW sprint distance state championships and, on the back of her two gold medals at the world titles in Bejing last year, she was this year inducted onto the honour board for Triathlon Australia.

Like Robertson, running star Megan Isbester was again recognised as junior female sportsperson of the year.

She’s now won it four times in the last four years.

Isbester picked up three top 10 finishes at national level competition, finishing second in the Australian Youth Championships, fourth in the School Sport Australia Triathlon Championships and sixth at the School Sport Australia Cross-Country Championships.

She also won gold at the NSW All Schools Triathlon and became the first female to win the annual Gunnedah Gallop Fun Run.

The male award went to rugby player Ben Gunter. 

The second-rower was selected in the NSW U15 side after representing Central North and then NSW Country.

Softballer Ashlee Van Os also played for NSW Country and picked up the sub-junior female sportsperson of the year award.

The sporting team of the year was the Gunnedah Red Devils’ second graders after they ended a 36-year senior premiership drought with a 32-17 win over Walcha.

The coach of the year award went to Gunnedah Bulldogs U18s coach Phil Donnelly.

Donnelly guided them to the Group 4 premiership.

Volunteer of the year was Ray McCoy.

McCoy is involved in many facets of Gunnedah sport and has a particular affiliation with rugby league and union.

He is the Bulldogs president as well as trainer-first aid officer and is also head trainer for the Red Devils.

The official of the year award went to tennis duo Peter and Robyn Louis.

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