Awards recognise pair of shooting stars

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Two of Australia’s top netballers have been recognised in separate award ceremonies on opposite sides of the country.

Australian Diamonds and West Coast Fever star Caitlin Bassett, pictured above, was named joint winner of the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) Athlete of the Year after a dominant season on court.

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Bassett, who is currently in New Zealand with the Diamonds preparing for the four-Test Constellation Cup series that begins in Christchurch on Tuesday night, shared the award with world champion track cyclist Melissa Hoskins.

It’s only the second time in the award’s history there has been joint winners. The other was in 2008.

beryl2Bassett is the first netballer to win the prestigious WAIS Athlete of the Year award, first presented in 1985.

Queensland Firebirds and Australian 21/U shooter Beryl Friday, pictured right, was named winner of the Lee Ann Goodwin Encouragement Award at the Queensland Indigenous Sports Awards held in Brisbane on Friday night.

The 21-year-old Friday is an emerging talent in the ANZ Championship who was part of the Firebirds’ title-winning squad in 2015.

Rugby leage star Johnathan Thurston took out the Eddie Gilbert Medal as Queensland’s best Indigenous sports person ahead of a field which included Friday.