Roy Simmons (CENTRE) accepted the 2011 Sportsperson of the Year award on behalf of his grandson James Grierson, from Anita Morrison and Shaun Read.James Grierson ended a very successful year after being named Forbes Sportsperson of the Year (SOYA) for 2011.
The presentation of awards was made at the SOYA dinner held at the Forbes Sports and Recreation Club before an audience of just under 200.
“If the weather conditions had of been in our favour I’m sure many more would have attended,” evening MC John Schrader commented.
Grierson joins a long list of outstanding sporting identities who have been recipients of the Forbes Advocate sponsored trophy first presented in 1974.
Grierson was applauded as a worthy winner after considerable success across a number of sports, however golf wins were his major successes.
Last year Grierson, in his first out of junior ranks won the Forbes Golf Club championships, the Nissan Classic, as well as figuring in a number of major competitions in the metropolitan area as well as divisional competitions.
His Forbes championship win saw him join his father Andrew and grandfather Roy Simmons as Forbes Golf Club champions.
Grierson was also a member of the Forbes Rugby league Club’s winning grand final combination.
SOYA runner-up was Adam Hall who had an outstanding rugby league season being named in the Group XI side which won the country championships, he was also named in the country seconds side to win man of the match awards.
He was also captain coach of the Forbes Magpies which played in the semi finals of the Group XI competition.
President of the SOYA, Andrew Norton-Knight said at the dinner that Forbes should be proud of their sporting achievements and those of the facilities supplied in assistance from the Forbes Shire Council.
Full story in Thursday’s Advocate.
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