The Town of Port Hedland buzzed with anticipation as the community gathered for the 2023 Community Sports Awards. Australian netball veteran Natalie Medhurst added grace to the event, joining sponsors for the presentations. This year marked a special occasion with a record-breaking 90 nominations received for nearly 60 nominees across nine categories. The 2023 Award winners were revealed, each representing a pinnacle of achievement in their respective categories. Rebecca Amy from Hedland Touch (rugby) Association claimed the title of Domino’s Sportswoman of the Year. Anthony Tipping, affiliated with the North West Motorcycle Association, earned the distinction of Domino’s Sportsman of the Year. Isabella Amy, hailing from the Hedland Touch (rugby) Association, was named ITOCHU Junior Sportswoman of the Year after she represented WA in the 2023 National Youth Touch Rugby Championships. Clay Thompson of Hedland Taekwondo, secured a bronze medal in the National Individual Poomsae tournament and was awarded the ITOCHU Junior Sportsman of the Year as a result. Cath Widdup was recognised as Domino’s Official/Umpire of the Year, while Michelle Cockie earned the prestigious title of Domino’s Coach of the Year. Kate McLarty’s dedication to volunteering was acknowledged as she claimed the Horizon Power Volunteer of the Year award. Thomas Bennett’s outstanding service to sport earned him the Pilbara Ports Authority Service to Sport accolade. The Port Hedland Netball Association stood out as the Domino’s Sporting Group of the Year. Mayor Carter took the opportunity to extend his congratulations to all the nominees and winners, recognising the commitment of club leaders and members. He emphasised that these awards not only acknowledge sporting success but also honour the broader community’s efforts to make Hedland a place everyone is proud to call home. BHP Rail general manager Warren Wellbeloved said the Community Sports Awards not only celebrate sporting achievements but also strengthen community connections, making Hedland an even greater place to live and work.