Academy Corner: Abby Holmes wins top IAS award

IAS Rugby 7’s athlete Abby Holmes has been announced the 2017 Illawarra Academy of Sport Rugby 7’s Athlete of the Year and winner of the prestigious Illawarra Mercury Tobin Family Award.

Athlete of the Year award winners at the IAS presentation night.

Athlete of the Year award winners at the IAS presentation night.

Holmes narrowly edged out a number of her sporting peers to claim the IAS top award and with it the $5000 sports scholarship courtesy of the Illawarra Mercury.

The IAS 2017 scholarship year concluded in style on Friday evening with the 2017 IAS Presentation Dinner & Athlete Graduation, where 180 athletes across 20-plus sports graduated in the company of family and friends at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach.

Among the guests were Australian sporting representatives past and present including 2012 Olympians Kieran Govers and Brendan Sexton, as well as dignitaries from local and state governments.

Master of Ceremonies and WIN News Sports Reporter Jared Constable kept the evening flowing while guest speakers and IAS Graduate Kieran Govers provided an insight into what it takes to compete at the pinnacle of sport.

Sport awards were presented to the “Sports Athlete of the Year” for each sports program.

These included:

Disabled Athlete of the Year – Jasmine Greenwood

Basketball: Noah Martin

Cycling: – Mitchell Wright

Golf: – Kelsey Bennett

Hockey: Tom David

LoneStar Athlete of the Year – Keiran Woolley

Netball: – Bilyana Milevski

Rugby: – Abby Holmes

Triathlon: Brooklyn Henry

Tenpin Bowling: Zowie Dreghorn