Mikaila Watson - MWAS Athlete of the Year

264 people attended the 43rd Geraldton Guardian Mid West Sports Awards on October the 27th. The event is coordinated by the Mid West Sports Federation and recognises the achievements of the region's sporting talent including athletes, coaches, officials and administrators.

A new award category was created this year "SportsPower MWAS Athlete of the Year". The award recognises the academy’s athlete that most consistently demonstrates the qualities that are required to become an elite athlete. Some of these qualities include; a commitment to physical and mental preparation, a positive attitude, self-accountability and a great role model for other athletes. 

Mikaila Watson, MWAS Hockey athlete was the inaugural award winner. Mikaila has shown exceptional commitment to her preparation and has also created a great training environment. Mikaila has set a great example for other athletes in the MWAS program. The academy wishes to congratulate Mikaila and we certainly believe that her attitude will take her a long way in sport and life.

A big congratulations to the other MWAS scholarship holders who won equally important awards. These included:

  • Mark Heron (Basketball) - Sportsfirst Coach of the Year
  • Nick Short (Swimming) - Ian Blayney MLA Official of the Year
  • Josh Bowen (Hockey and Tennis) - Karara Mining Ltd Junior Sports Star of the Year
  • Colin Thompson (Batavia Tennis Coaching) - ATLAS Inclusion Award 

Non-MWAS scholarship holders who won awards that absolutely deserve equal acknowledgement include:

  • Joanne Licastro - Crothers Family Senior Sports Star of the Year
  • Geraldton Bowling Club Country Week fours - Geraldton Greenough Financial Services Team of the Year
  • Rick Arthur - Young Motors Administrator of the Year
  • Chapman Valley Basketball Club - Geraldton Guardian Local Achievers Award
  • Glenn Barndon - Brian "Putter" Smith Sports Personality of the Year

In addition, Lawn Bowls Champion, Lee Poletti was inducted into the Mid West Sports Federation Hall of Fame. 


Below: Mikaila Watson, SportsPower MWAS Athlete of the Year with Josh Bowen, Karara Mining Junior Sports Star of the Year

Below: Josh Bowen receiving his award - Karara Mining Junior Sports Star of the Year