Woolmington is Western Advocate Senior Sportsperson of the Year

THANKS to her achievements across a range of events in 2017 Claire Woolmington has taken out the Western Advocate’s Senior Sportsperson of the Year title.

BIG YEAR: Claire Woolmington had a spectacular year of achievements in 2017, and she can add to them now with the Western Advocate Senior Sportsperson of the Year award. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

BIG YEAR: Claire Woolmington had a spectacular year of achievements in 2017, and she can add to them now with the Western Advocate Senior Sportsperson of the Year award. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Last year will be one for Woolmington to savour after playing a key role for teams across netball, league tag and basketball.

Woolmington helped the Bathurst opens netball team to an Opens Division Two State Championship crown and helped her city break Orange’s longstanding hold on the Regional State League title.

At the local level Woolmington and her Panthers squad came up just shy of a Bathurst Netball Association A grade crown when they lost to Bulldogs Verdelho in the decider.

Woolmington’s Bathurst Panthers league tag side had another strong season, progressing to the preliminary final of the Group 10 competition.

She also took out the Western Advocate’s Local Performance of the Year title thanks to her pair of six-try matches against the Lithgow Workies and Mudgee Dragons. 

Woolmington represented Western Rams during their successful Country Championships campaign.

Just to top it all off Woolmington also won the Women’s State League Basketball championship with the Bathurst Goldminers.

Woolmington shot at 12.2 points per game and her season included a 26 point performance.

“It’s a great feeling. It’s just the icing on the cake after a great year,” Woolmington said.

“The netball was one of the big highlights. Winning the comp for Bathurst after 20 years was amazing, and it was my first year back playing netball.

“Tying the Panthers’ try scoring record [for a single game] was amazing.

“Being a part of the first Western Rams team to go past the opening round of the Country Championships was great. I’m picking up tackle rugby league this year and that’s really exciting.

“I’d like to thank all my coaches, my family for their support and all my teammates. You can’t do anything without a great team around you.”

Woolmington won the Western Advocate prize with 41 per cent of the vote.