Lake Mac Awards

The Lake Macquarie Awards celebrates the City’s elite sportspeople, imaginative innovators and generous volunteers.

They are a celebration of local people who enhance the social, cultural, economic and environmental functions of the city or for raising Lake Macquarie’s profile regionally, nationally and internationally.

2019 Lake Macquarie Award winners announced

The 2019 Lake Macquarie Awards were held on Friday 22 February, where more than 160 came together at the Caves Coastal Bar and Bungalows to celebrate the finalists and hear about the winners.

Winner profiles

JUNIOR SPORTSPERON OF THE YEAR Jessica Pickering – Trampolining, diving

Being the first Australian to ever win a trampoline medal at the Youth Olympic Games was one of many achievements that sealed a successful year for Jessica.

Jessica won Silver at the Youth Olympics at Argentina, and placed fourth in Synchronised Trampoline at the World Age Group Trampoline Championships.

She took home Gold from the Continental Trampoline Championships and Silver at the Pacific Rim competition.

Among a huge swag of medals, Jessica also won Gold at the Australian Gymnastics and the National All Schools Diving championships. She was also a Baton Bearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Ky Willott - Hockey

As one of the youngest players at the elite level, in 2018 Ky made his debut for the NSW Waratahs playing in the Australian Hockey League at only 17.

Ky also played in the Australian Under 18 Championships in Tasmania, where he was selected in the National Futures Group.

Selected as Captain of the Australian School Boys’ Team, Ky toured South Africa and contributed to the team taking out the series. He was named Player of the Test Series and was also selected as the Players’ Player.

Adding to Ky’s long list of achievements in 2018, he was awarded a Hunter Sporting Blue and NSW Premier's Sporting Challenge Sports Scholarship.

Ky Willott

For someone so young, Ky has dedicated much of his life to the sport of hockey. Ky, now in year 12 at school, has been a member of the Norths Hockey Club since he was four years old.

Last year, Ky was an ambassador for his family, sport, and country while he was in South Africa as part of the Australian School Boys’ Hockey Team, demonstrating his ability to motivate the team to win the match and series.

Ky takes the time to support his club and team mates, and of course, to excel in his chosen sport.

Taking Lake Macquarie City to the international sporting stage, Ky travelled to Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, India, South Africa and around Australia to promote and compete in hockey.


Patricia Buttsworth

Patricia is voluntary treasurer of the Belmont Branch of the United Hospitals Auxiliary - a position she has held for 18 years.

The Belmont Branch has raised more than $1,000,000 over the past 18 years. Last year, a donation of $90,000 was given to Belmont Hospital from the Auxiliary's Belmont Branch. Patricia played a huge role in achieving this.

Patricia also holds other voluntary positions such as:


Brett Austine - Trampolining

Brett has an extensive list of achievements that demonstrate his contribution to raising the calibre of trampolining and diving locally, and for taking Lake Macquarie City to state, national and global sporting stages.

Providing coaching and support, Brett has played part in helping our region’s athletes to achieve outstanding results at the Youth Olympic Games, World Championships, Pacific Rim and World Cup events.

Nationally, his athletes bagged about 15 trampolining and diving medals. Six of his athletes were selected into the Australian National Trampoline Squad.

Starting the year off on a high note, Brett was also a Baton Bearer at the Queens Baton Relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

COMMUNITY GROUP OF THE YEAR Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie

Operated by 145 volunteer members, Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie is a locally based division of Marine Rescue NSW. The group provides emergency response, on-water assistance, Swansea Bridge bookings and training to the public. It also provides an avenue for people to come together, gain skills, connect and contribute to the local community as a member of the group.

Every year the group deals with more than 38,000 phone and radio calls, and assists with rescuing about 1500 swimmers, rock fisherman, kayakers, boaters and sailors.

Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie also services the Sydney to Hobart, Sydney to Noumea and the Sydney to Gold Coast yacht races.

Another important aspect of their work is training about 470 people each year in marine licensing, coastal navigation and practical aspects of boating.

It’s not only the lives of the people they save that creates a lasting legacy, they have an ongoing impact on the people they educate and the members they unite.


Already a Lake Macquarie City sporting superstar, Erin took out last year’s Sportsperson of the Year and Disability award categories.

Erin was selected to represent Australia in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where she won Silver in the T38 Para Long Jump and was a finalist in the T38 Para 100metre Sprint events.

Erin also competed at the Australian Open Athletics Championships, winning Bronze in the Para Long Jump.

At the NSW Open Athletics Championships, Erin won Gold in the Para 100metre Sprint and the Para Long Jump events.


Jenny Enderby – Orienteering

Jenny is the 2018 Australian Orienteer of the Year. This is an award based on the results of all the Australian Championships for ages from 16 to 70.

Despite enduring Crohn’s Disease, Jenny is ranked as Australia’s top orienteer in the Women’s 50 group and first in NSW, having won eight state league races.

In 2018 after achieving an unbeatable lead in the Women’s 50 state league, Jenny stepped up to the final four races of the Women’s Elite and won all of them.

Jenny came first in three Australian orienteering events and qualified for the World Masters Championships.


Bryce Webber - Athletics

Bryce was an outstanding member of Team Lake Macquarie 2018 and competed in athletics events at the International Children’s Games in Jerusalem, Israel.

As well as achieving a number of Personal Best times at the event, Bryce displayed all the core values of fair play, being: fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, equality, integrity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy.

Bryce was instrumental in ensuring that his team bonded well, and made the most of every opportunity offered by the Games. He showed excellent leadership qualities and was respectful of the other athletes on the tour as well as coaching and management staff.


Ty Swadling - Trampolining

Ty won Bronze for the Synchronised event in the 2018 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships, bagging Australia’s second only medal since the competition began in 1964. He was also Captain of the team.

Last year, Ty also represented Australia at the Pacific Rim Championships in Columbia where he placed eighth in individual, second in synchronised and third in the team events.

He was also the New South Wales Team Captain at the Australian National Championships, where he placed second in the Senior Individual and first in the synchronised trampoline events.

At the 2018 National Club Championships he came first after the preliminary round, which gained him selection for the World Championships – only 48 hours after the birth of his first child!


Kerriann Dunn

Kerriann Dunn is a prime example of what it means to have community spirit, compassion and desire to contribute to the city in positive ways. Even after considering the hours of volunteering and the diversity of work she undertakes, the impact that Kerriann has made for Lake Macquarie City is immeasurable.

She is a strong advocate for Aboriginal rights and is an active leading member of the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and the Itji Marru.

In her role at the Southlakes Marketplace Morisset Foodbank, Kerriann has been pivotal in attracting a 30 per cent patronage of men over the age of 60. Starting with just one older man, Kerriann’s attentiveness is what helped to increase the patronage of this hard-to-reach demographic.

Kerriann also holds volunteer leadership positions at Southlake Marketplace, Southlake Community Drug Action Team, Morisset High School Parents and Carers, and is a Senior Team Leader at the Lake Munmorah Foodbank.

This is just a scratch at the surface of the extensive work that Kerriann does for our community.

Page last updated: 23 February 2019