Logan City sports stars recognised at gala awards night

Logan City sports stars recognised at gala awards night

Published: 10 February 2014

Logan City sports stars recognised at gala awards night
Boxing champion Alex Leapai was named the BDS Logan City Sportsperson of the Year and Sportsman of the Year.

Logan boxing champion Alex Leapai has been named the BDS Logan City Sportsperson of the Year.

At the gala awards night held at the LEC on Friday, 34-year-old Leapai not only won the top title, but also took out Sportsman of the Year.

The Slacks Creek father of six is preparing to make Australian sporting history in April when he takes on current world champ Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO World Heavyweight crown. He will be the first Australian in more than 100 years to fight for the world heavyweight title.

Mayor Pam Parker said the entire Logan community would be behind Leapai as he takes to the boxing ring in Germany.

“Alex’s story is truly inspiring – he is not only a great sportsman but he is also a great person and a great role model for Logan’s young people,” she said.

“He’s proof of what can happen when you put your mind to something. We are all so proud of him and excited for his future. What a remarkable ambassador for Logan City.”

Cr Parker said the BDS Sports Awards recognised Logan’s best sportspeople and the clubs, umpires and administrators who helped guide them.

“The stories behind these awards prove sport is a major way of life in Logan and there is certainly no shortage of talent,” she said.

“Logan sportspeople have represented not only the state but the country in a wide range of sports from rugby league and volleyball to basketball and athletics.

“The role sport plays is extremely important, even life-changing. This year’s award recipients are further proof that Logan is a sporting city and a city known for developing champions.”

NRL legend Darren Lockyer was the key speaker at the Sports Awards and Australia’s Got Talent grand finalist Paul Nunnari, aka The Other Superman, also performed.

Award winners:

  • Sportsperson and Sportsman of the Year – Alex Leapai (boxing)
  • Sportswoman of the Year - Tiarne Augustine (power lifting and rowing)
  • Young Sportsperson of the Year, Male - Trae Williams (athletics)
  • Young Sportsperson of the Year, Female - Kristy Wallace (basketball)
  • Sports Veteran of the Year - Wilma Perkins (athletics)
  • Sports Official of the Year - Sam Bent (softball)
  • Sports Team of the Year - Logan City Men's Softball Team (softball)
  • Sports Coach of the Year - Mack Utai (boxing)
  • Sports Administrator of the Year - Margaret Gorman (Logan City Softball)
  • Sports Organisation of the Year - Jimboomba Little Athletics
  • Sports Event of the Year - 2013 Softball Queensland Masters Tournament
  • Elite Athlete with a Disability - Glenn Niciejewski (blind golfer)