Uate wins top award

NEWCASTLE Knight Aku Uate won the City of Newcastle 2011 Sports Person of the Year at a gala presentation at Newcastle City Hall last night.

Uate is a two-time Dally M winger of the year, State of Origin and Australian representative winger.

Judged as the best winger in the world by the Rugby League International Federation in 2011, Uate won winger of the year at the Dally M Awards for the second year in a row, finishing the season as the top try-scoring winger and the competition’s leading tackle-breaker.

He capped off an amazing season in October when he made his debut for Australia at Hunter Stadium.

2011 Newcastle City Sports Awards Winners:

Newcastle Sporting Event of the Year:

Newcastle Basketball Association: Basketball NSW Waratah League Finals Weekend

Newcastle Sporting Organisation of the Year:

Hunter Sports Group

Newcastle Sporting Coach of the Year:

Eric Brooker: Diving

Newcastle Sporting Volunteer of the Year:

Elizabeth McKinley: Rugby League

Newcastle Sports Award for Outstanding School and Community Partnership:

Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus for their partnership with Surfest

Newcastle Sports Achievement of the Year – Athlete with a Disability:

Kurt Fearnley: Wheelchair Sports NSW

Newcastle Sports Achievement of the Year – Junior Male:

Elliott Collins: Triathlon

Newcastle Sports Achievement of the Year – Junior Female:

Isobel Cootes: Soccer

Newcastle Sports Achievement of the Year – Female

Philippa Anderson: Surfing

Newcastle Sports Achievement of the Year – Male

Aku Uate: Rugby League

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