Ramingining marathon runner, Justin Gaykamangu has been named the 2012 East Arnhem Sports Awards Senior Sportsperson of the Year.
Justin was selected as the Senior Sportsperson of the Year in recognition for his participation in the Robert de Castella Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP). Justin was among eight indigenous athletes nationally, to be selected for the New York Marathon, only to arrive to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Justin, a natural all rounder when it comes to sports, took out second place in the 2012 Gove half-marathon and has represented Ramingining in Touch Rugby.
Justin decided to try-out for the IMP to set a positive example for his son, and to do something positive for his community of Ramingining.
Justin is among four other category winners to take out awards in the inaugural year. Winners were announced at a special presentation by the awards sponsor, East Arnhem Shire Council on Thursday 24 January.
- Senior Sportsperson of the Year: Justin Gaykamangu
- Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Anthony Quayle
- Volunteer of the Year: Donna-Maree Grieve
- Team of the Year: Gove Peninsula Surf Lifesaving Team
- Encouragement Award: Katelyn Rika
Youth, Sport & Recreation Regional Manager Cherie Forbes said the Council has signed up to sponsor the 2013 East Arnhem Sports Awards. "The Awards are about recognising healthy participation in sport and recreation, no matter how big or little an achievement may be".
"It has been a very successful first year; East Arnhem Shire Council will again sponsor the Awards in 2013" said Cherie.
Nominations for the 2013 East Arnhem Sports Awards will open in April 2013.