WINNER Elite Sportsperson of the Year 2023
Tegan Bertolissio, aged 17, was named Wests Sports Elite Sports Person of the Year, nominated by Macarthur Football Association for her passion, drive and extraordinary talent.
Following a standout 2022 season in the NSW Women’s National Premier League (NPL), Tegan was selected in the Junior Matildas (national) team and was an integral part of the squad that won the AFF U18 Asian Cup in 2022.
Earlier this year, Tegan was selected in the Young Matildas (Australia’s U20) squad that travelled to the Kyrgyz Republic in March for the first round of the 2024 AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers. The team won both matches to progress through to Round 2, with Tegan playing a role in the sides 7-0 victory over the Kyrgyz Republic.
Tegan has played 29 First Grade games for the Macarthur Rams this season, with the team finishing the regular season of the NSW WNPL in second place and are in the hunt for a second consecutive championship trophy.
Tegan’s stella form has seen her earn her first professional contract, joining A-League club Canberra United for the 2023/24 season.
WINNER Elite Sports Team of the Year 2023
NPL3 U13 Boys, Macarthur Rams Football Club
The talented Macarthur Rams U13s side is coached by former Socceroo and Macarthur legend Brett Emerton.
The team took out the premiership in the Football NSW National Premier Leagues (NPL) Youth League 3 Competition this season, dropping only one game along the way to finish with 81 out of 83 points. Finishing well clear of the Dunbar Rovers in second spot on 64 points.
This team also features the leading goal scorer in any age group throughout the Football NSW NPL competition in 2023 with Isaiah Nakasenh scoring an amazing 59 goals this year, well done Isaiah.
WINNER Spirit of Sport 2023
Darren Hooton, Mount Annan Swimming Club
Darren has been the treasurer and a volunteer of the Mount Annan Swim Club for over 10 years.
He has always been a big helper when the club runs its long course carnivals each year – arriving early to set up tents, BBQ and all other equipment. Darren is usually the chief timekeeper at every competition and is often the last to leave at the end of the day, as he is always there packing up.
Darren supports the committee in dealing with issues, explaining the financial position and requirements and also in completing grant applications and related documentation.
Runner Up: Spirit of Sport- Mark Hamilton, Tennis Macarthur
WINNER Senior Sportsperson of the Year 2023
Aaron Waters, Tennis Macarthur
Aaron had a very successful summer, winning a number of prestigious singles events as well as being an important contributor to team wins in the Blackwell Cup and Sydney Premier League.
Aaron took out Open Singles at Bateman’s Bay & Tennis Macarthur Club Championships, AMT Singles at Rockdale, Blackwell Cup Singles and Doubles, and Sydney Premier League Singles and Doubles.
To cap it all off, Aaron also won the Rosewell Medal for the Best & Fairest at the Blackwell Cup.
Aaron was an integral part of Centre Court Tennis and was described as being both a dedicated and sought after coach with many of the best juniors coming to him for weekly lessons.
Runner Up: Senior Sportsperson of the Year – Karen Lake, Macarthur Triathlon Club
WINNER Youth Sportsperson of the Year 2023
Jack Jones, Eschol Park Athletics Club
Jack is a fantastic athlete who competed in the Under 14 Boys at Eschol Park Athletics Club. Specialising in Javelin, Jack participated at Zone, winning the event.
He then moved on the Regionals, replicating his success at Zone and gaining him a spot to compete at State in Homebush.
Jack finished 2nd overall in the state competition and was then selected to be part of the NSW team which competed in Melbourne in April. Jack finished 7th overall nationally, with a new PB as well.
Jack is a hard worker; he competes in all events at his local club on a Friday night and takes home Javelins from the club for more practice.
Runner Up: Youth Sportsperson of the Year (12 – 16yrs)- Asher Alex, Magpies Cricket Club
WINNER Junior Sportsperson of the Year 2023
Lewis Eddie, Wests Hockey Club
Lewis was nominated by Wests Hockey as being not only an amazing athlete but a wonderful ambassador for the sport of Hockey. Lewis was part of the Metropolitan South West Hockey under 13s 2023 representative side.
He also competed in Indoor Hockey in the Under 13s 2022/23 side and the Sydney South West Championships where he captained the team. Off the field, Lewis demonstrates amazing club spirit, proudly an active fundraiser for an MSW Hockey, often seen selling raffle tickets around the hockey fields.
In 2023, Lewis was also awarded the MSW Association Best and Fairest award for the Under 13s age group- as voted by umpires.
Runner Up: Junior Sportsperson of the Year (U12) – Jade Williams, Macarthur BMX
WINNER Sports Team of the Year 2023
Camden Cats AFL Club, Senior Women’s Team
The Camden Cats senior women’s team had an outstanding 2023 season losing only one game on their way to the 2023 AFL Sydney division 3 premiership. The team’s percentage for the season was 694.78%, a clear indication of the domination they had over the entire competition.
A terrific story of persistence having finished 3rd last year and dropping out of the finals early on.
With new coach and club life member Adam Hunt at the helm this year, the side was able to improve their football skills and game pressure to enable them to take the next step.
Individually, player Gemma Bartolillo won the AFL Sydney League Best & Fairest Award and was best on ground in the grand final held back in September.
The premiership win for this women’s side is the first in the women’s program in the history of the Camden Cats Senior AFL Club.
Runner Up: Sports Club Team of the Year – Campbelltown Ghosts Club Senior Baseball Team,
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