Gun WA amateur Curtis Luck will confront the daunting move to professional ranks after capping off a remarkable season by being named The West Australian-RAC Sports Star of the Year on Monday night.
The 20-year-old was crowned WA’s top athlete of the past 12 months in a gala ceremony at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre following one of the most closely contested verdicts in awards history.
The honour recognised a breakout year for Australia’s No.1 ranked amateur that has earned comparisons to two-time major winner Jordan Spieth and an admirer in US Masters champion Adam Scott.
Track cyclist Sam Welsford was narrowly edged out in voting, having won an Olympic silver medal as well as a world title in the team pursuit in 2016.
Fellow Olympian and UWA West Coast Swim club member Tamsin Cook was a runaway winner in the Railtrain Junior Sports Star category, for her efforts on the international and national stage over 2016.
The Perth Wildcats were named the Channel Seven Perth Team of the Year honour after claiming a record seventh NBL title in March, narrowly beating the 2016 National Water polo league title winning UWA Torpedos who were finalists in the same category.
Track Cycling WA chairman Murray Hall was honoured with the RAC Insurance Service of Sport Award alongside fellow recipients Sue Neal (netball) and Bruce Prance (diving), while triathlon’s Frank Stapleton was the Community TAB Official of the Year.
Congratulations to all the winners for 2016!
UWA Sport Pty Ltd
Originally Published: https://thewest.com.au/sport/luck-nothing-to-do-with-sports-star-of-the-year-nod-ng-b88326684z