Mark Bohan Named Penrith's Official Of The Year

The Penrith Valley Sports Foundation Sports Star of the Year 2014 awards were held last Friday night with a host of special guests attending to celebrate the sporting achievements of the region.

A gala night in the Ron Murlock room at Panthers was hosted by Olympian Jana Pittman, with John Maclean as special guest, holding the room with his inspirational story.

Also in attendance were Federal MP, Fiona Scott and NSW MP Stuart Ayers, who was the original secretary of the foundation.

The Senior Sports Star of the Year award went to Paige Hadley, a local netballer who has represented NSW Swifts and the Australian Diamonds.

The Junior Sports Star of the Year winner was Tahlia Tupaea, an outstanding basketballer from Penrith Panthers who has already represented her country and has a contract with the Sydney Flames in the Women’s National Basketball League.

Noemi Fox received the Rising Star award for her exploits on the white water, including winning Oceania and national championship medals.

The award for the Referee/Umpire of the Year was contested by officials from various sporting codes across Western Sydney, but the winner on the night was none other than Penrith Rugby League Referee's Association member Mark Bohan.

For a number of years now Mark has been a regular in the middle for A Grade fixtures in the Penrith District, with two A Grade Division One Grand finals already to his name. He was also prominent in the NSWRL Junior Representative Finals this year and was appointed to referee the Women's State of Origin Match.

The Association is incredibly proud of Mark and this achievement and believe it is fitting recognition of his service to sport in Western Sydney as a match official.

Previous winner of this award from our Association include, Phil Haines, Michael Signoretti and Amber Fitzgerald.