Sports Awards finalists announced

NT Government

The finalists for the prestigious 50th annual Northern Territory Sports Awards have been revealed.

The awards, which will take place on the 1st of April, recognise not only sporting heroes, but the coaches, volunteers and officials who make both grassroots and high performance sport possible in the Territory.

This is the first time a new format has been introduced where the finalists are being announced ahead of the awards gala dinner, creating a buzz of excitement.

Vying for coveted title of NT Sportsperson of the Year are Special Olympian Luke Purtill, Olympian Jeremy Hayward and National Judo Champion Alannah Joyce.

Luke Purtill became the first Territorian to compete at a Special Olympic National competition where he reached the podium in two equestrian events with a silver and a bronze.

Jeremy Hayward is no stranger to the NT Sports Awards as a past winner in 2015. His stellar international hockey career has continued and he was a key part of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games gold medal team.

Judo rising star Alannah Joyce won the 2022 Junior Australian National Championships in the 70kg division and is now ranked number two in Australia for the division.

Tickets for the awards gala dinner can be purchased online via stickytickets here.

The full list of finalists for the NT Sports Awards:

NT Sportsperson of the Year

Luke Purtill – Equestrian

Jeremy Hayward – Hockey

Alannah Joyce – Judo

NT Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Thomas Menzies – Cricket

Alannah Joyce – Judo

Amy Stripling – Hockey

NT Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Penny Shearer – Power Lifting

Nicole Thomson – BMX

John Bermingham – Athletics

NT Team of the Year

Darwin Salties – NBL1 Basketball

Darwin Buffs Swimming Club

Northern Territory Titans Under 19 Girls – Rugby League

NT Local Performance of the Year

Ashley Chandrasinghe – Cricket

Macenzee Dixon – Hockey

Tim Hewitt – Triathlon

Eric Johnston Coach of the Year

Meg Clohesy – Rugby League

Michelle Caden – Hockey

Michael Rochford – Boxing

NT Official of the Year

Amy Butler – Basketball

Courtney Green – Basketball

Gary Pendlebury – Motorsports

NT Volunteer of the Year

Danila Lochrin -Equestrian/Rugby League

Donna Capes – AFL

Mark White – Cricket

Karen Schneider Sports Medicine Australia Safer Sport Award

Sarah Polhill – University Pirates Rugby Union Football Club

Scott Reed – Palmerston Rugby Union Club

Laura Luchetti – Litchfield Bears Rugby League/Rugby Union/Touch Football

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, Kate Worden:

“The Northern Territory Sports Awards is a prestigious event now in its 50th year.

“The Territory’s finest sportspeople have been recognised over the years and this year’s list of finalists again includes our very best athletes, teams, coaches, officials and volunteers.

“The calibre of these athletes, teams and those that make sporting competitions in the Territory possible is second to none and I congratulate all of the finalists on their achievements.”

Northern Territory Government

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