i98FM and ahm Announce Local Hero Finalists 2011

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In a joint effort to recognise Illawarra residents and their outstanding contribution to the community, i98FM and ahm are paying tribute to local people helping and inspiring others.

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i98FM and ahm are paying tribute to local people

i98FM and ahm health insurance are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2011 i98FM / ahm Local Hero Awards.    

In a joint effort to recognise Illawarra residents and their outstanding contribution to the community, i98FM and ahm health insurance are paying tribute to local people helping and inspiring others.

With over 30 finalists across six categories, the nominees for the fourth annual i98FM / ahm Local Hero Awards are:

LOCAL HERO OF THE YEAR

1. David McKenna – Wollongong City Council Citizen of the Year
2. Sgt Emmanuel Veroza – NSW Police Force (retired)
3. Melissa Tierney – Illawarra Disability Trust

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

1. David Robson – Keira High School
2. Anne McLean – Balarang Public School
3. Gillian Hendry – Para Meadows Special School
4. Michael Todd – Albion Park High School

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR (PEOPLE & COMMUNITY)

1. Kellie Marsh – Warilla Hight School Vinnies Youth Team
2. Ray Fredericks – Wollongong City Council Twilight Tour Buses
3. Phil Priest – Wollongong City Council Twilight Tour Buses
4. Siria Thomas – Illawarra Parents of Baby Angels and Swim Safer
5. Tim Frigo – Catholic Care Disability Group
6. Chelsea Capetta – Raise the Gong
7. Cheryl Sullivan – Northern Illawarra Neighbour Aid Inc.
8. Kylie Hayes – House with No Steps
9. Judy Mallon – Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR (SPORT & RECREATION)

1. Rudi Kolednik – Illawarra Basketball
2. Jeremy Kuiper – Fairy Meadow Surf Life Saving Club
3. Warren Scofield – Illawarra Rugby League
4. Adriana Gervaise – Towradgi Surf Life Saving Club

JUNIOR SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR

1. Jack Bird – Wests Illawarra / Illawarra Steelers
2. Stephanie Hall – Port Kembla Golf Club
3. Jarrod Poort – Wests Illawarra Aquatic Swimming Club
4. Molly Louise Hanrahan – Oak Flats Albion Park Gymnastics and Acrobatics Club
5. Emma McKeon – Wests Illawarra Aquatic Swim Club
6. Mikayla Weir – Australian Bushmans Camdraft and Rodeo Association
7. Teleah Lindsay – Pony Clubs
8. Emily Roskelly – Wests Illawarra Aquatic Swimming Club
9. Billie McEvoy – Pony Clubs

SENIOR SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR

1. David McKeon – Wests Illawarra Aquatic Swim Club
2. Shelby Lacey – Oak Flats Albion Park Gymnastics and Acrobatics Club
3. Sally Fitzgibbons – Professional Surfer
4. Marie Kay – Athletics

WIN Radio General Manager and Local Hero Awards judge Jason Saladino, said that it was not easy choosing the finalists:

‘As with past years, selecting finalists from the extraordinary people that are nominated was tough. I along with the other judges are satisfied that we have isolated those that contribute most to the local community for special recognition. It’s a truly humbling experience to see the amount of amazing people that reside in the Illawarra’.

Fellow judges and i98FM Breakfast Show hosts Marty Haynes and Bianca Dye will host the awards ceremony on Friday, June 17 at the City Beach Function Centre in Wollongong.

Joining the i98 team on the judging panel is ahm’s special guest who will also be present on the day to congratulate the winners, WIN Television’s Amy Taylor, and Illawarra Business Chamber President, Les Dion.

The i98FM / ahm Local Hero Awards – Recognising exceptional contributions to the Illawarra Community

About ahm Health Insurance

ahm is the eighth largest health insurance provider and has been caring for the health of Australians for more than thirty five years. In addition to the provision of health insurance, ahm has developed and delivers innovative health management programs. We employ health professionals covering key disciplines including nursing, exercise physiology, dietitians and fitness to deliver these programs.

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