The tradition of the SportWest Awards acknowledges excellence in sporting achievements by Western Australians and began in 1956 as the Sportsman of the Year. This Award was presented by the Associated Sporting Committee of the National Fitness Council of WA.
In 1962, West Australian Newspapers Ltd first promoted The West Australian Sports Star of the Year, and Sports Association of Australian (WA Division), formally called the Sportsmen’s Association of Australia, and introduced the Walter Lindrum Award.
In 1997, West Australian Newspapers Ltd, WA Sports Federation and Sports Association of Australia (WA Division) combined their independent Sports Awards under the banner of ‘Town & Country Bank Sports Star Awards’.
Today, excellence in sporting achievements by West Australians is acknowledged through the SportWest Awards. It has expanded to be a true celebration of sport in the Western Australian community.
Through the SportWest Awards, the recognition of the important value of sport to be part of the fabric of the WA way of life is celebrated.
In the preceding years, 76 athletes from 22 sports have shared the senior Award, now recognised as The West Australian Sports Star Award.