Check out who is up for the Elite Male Athlete of the Year Award at the Illawarra Sports Awards on November 10.


Ali Day (surf lifesaving)

Ali Day begin his career at Warilla-Barrick Point SLSC.

Day’s original surfing club is Warilla-Barrick Point SLFC. He is a two-time series champion and six-time Coolangatta Gold champion.

He won the three major titles this year, the Coolangatta Gold, Ironman Series and national championship.


Blake Govers and Flynn Ogilvie (hockey)

Blake Govers has been a crucial part of the Kookaburras recent success.

Blake Govers has been a crucial part of Kookaburras success in the past few years.

Flynn Ogilvie has been eager to return to the NSW Pride following the Hockey One season coming back in 2022.

Similar to Apps and Davis earlier, these two cannot be split for their achievements in recent times.

Govers won gold with the Hockeyroos in the Commonwealth Games at Birmingham this year and at 26 is still at the top of his game.

Flynn Ogilvie has been eager to return for the NSW Pride for this Hockey One season.
The NSW Pride player in Hockey One also won silver with the men’s field hockey side at Tokyo 2020 last year.

Back again for the NSW Pride for 2022, Ogilvie will be looking to pick up where he left off from the last Hockey One season, where he was awarded player of the final when the Pride beat Brisbane.

It’s been a busy year for Ogilvie, also part of the gold medal winning side in Birmingham with Govers and also a silver medallist in Toyko.


Luke Pople (wheelchair basketball)

Luke Pople has been crucial to the success of the Roller Hawks in the last four years. Luke Pople has been a massive part of the Roller Hawks’ success.

Roller Hawks legend Luke Pople continues to inspire the next generation of athletes in the region.

The wheelchair basketballer has had a sensational 2022, headlined by his involvement in Australia’s 3×3 gold medal win at the Games in Birmingham earlier this year.

A mainstay with the Roller Hawks, which saw the side win the last four national championships, Pople continues to do extremely well in promoting the sport in the Illawarra and across Australia.


Alex Volkanovski (mixed martial arts)

The Windang man Alex Volkanovski is a global sensation. Alex Volkanovski has become a global sensation in the UFC.

‘Volk’ as he is known is a world-renown name not just in mixed martial arts but it global sport.

The Windang local enjoyed a sensational 2022, beating rival Max Holloway in July.

‘The Great’ is now the back up fighter up a division at UFC 280 in a lightweight fight in Abu Dhabi after suffering a broken hand in the fight against Holloway.

He has recorded 25 wins in his professional career.


Adam Zampa (cricket)

Adam Zampa has made himself a crucial part of Cricket Australia’s set-up. An extremely talented leg-spinner, Zampa celebrated his 100th ODI wicket against Pakistan earlier this year.

Just last month he took his first five wicket haul in ODI against New Zealand.

He is currently competing in the T20 World Cup in Australia with the side looking to go back-to-back.