Many from the packed crowd at the Berri Resort Hotel last Friday night for the 5RM-Berri Resort Hotel-SGIC Sportsperson Of The Year Presentation Dinner would have no doubt risen next morning with some stiff sore spots joints after being put through some Kids Alive swimming procedures by special guest Laurie Lawrence.
He was amazing, he moved the audience from laughter to tears on several occasions during his inspirational and passionate address.
Renmark power boat racer Linton Price was named the 2012/13 5RM-Berri Resort Hotel-SGIC Riverland Sportsperson Of The Year at the annual presentation dinner.
Price won the award from a list of 29 nominees and received his trophy from special guest, swimming identity Laurie Lawrence
Formerly a dinghy racing champion Price remains unbeaten in 50 events since he turned to racing in the 550cc Super Sports power boat class some four years ago.
In the 2012/13 year he won his third consecutive Australian title in Victoria and at the Adelaide Speedboat Spectacular won all six of his events.
Then to top off his season he broke the Australian speed record for the class that had stood since 1999 when he averaged 115.44kph over a measured one kilometre course.
To keep his hand in Price also won the ‘Dash For Cash’ round of the Riverland Dinghy Championship during the year.
It was the only round he entered.
Also on Friday night the annual Beaurepaires Peter Frankcom Riverland Junior Sports Star Of The Year award was presented to Loxton boxer Ryan Goodes.
During the year in review Ryan was named the South Australian Youth Boxer of the Year with his main triumphs being representing the State at various tournaments, winning the 60kg SA Championship, the 69kg Youth State title and 69kg Youth Golden Gloves title in Brisbane.
That win in Brisbane completed a hattrick as previously he had taken out Golden Gloves titles in Schoolboy and Youth divisions.
Ryan has also toured overseas competing in International tournaments in Yorkshire, Scotland, London and recently in Germany.
In other presentations the 5RM-Berri Juices Steve McFarlane Contribution To Sport and John Ormsby Coach Of The Year awards went to Brian Hawley and Terry Miller.
Hawley has impacted remarkably on a number of sports over a period of nearly 50 years and his contribution has been acknowledged by him receiving life membership at the Berri Football Club, Riverland Speedway and the Riverland Darts Association.
He also was heavily involved in the formation of the Berri Baseball Club and in the sport moving to Glassey Park.
Terry Miller is a life member of both the Berri and Loxton Swimming Clubs and last year was recognised by Swimming Australia with a ‘Local Legend’ award.
His coaching career in swimming commenced 24 years ago and he has spent 14 years at Berri and 10 at Loxton during which time he played a big part in the early stages of the careers of Australian representatives Sophie Edington and Hayden Stoeckel.