January Special visit Broome Tri Club members had a chance to pick up some cycling and running tips from one of the best in the field when triathlete Dimity-Lee Duke visited Broome to lead workshops. Undefeated run Broome Junior Cricket Association’s under-14s team made their home town proud after taking out their age group’s Country Week championship in Perth with an undefeated run. Off to Perth A strong 2018 season and stand-out performances in Perth have led to Quentin Shandley being selected for the Claremont Tigers colts program. February Jesse’s big year Local triathlete Jesse Evans was set to make a big impression on the State and national triathlon circuit while balancing his Year 12 studies after being selected for the WA State Triathlon team. Jets in flight Junior rugby league in Broome was given a boost as 11 local youngsters worked hard at training for the Junior State League Championships, representing the North West Reds alongside players from Hedland and Karratha. New program As women’s football continued to grow around Australia, Garnduwa developed its inaugural Kimberley Spirit female program, headed by WKFLW premiership coach Mandy McSherry. Swimming prodigy Nine-year-old Rose Barnett was one of several Broome swimmers to impress at the 2019 SunSmart Country Championships in Perth, walking away with six gold medals and a silver medal. March Elite life Aspiring footballers from across the Kimberley gathered in Broome to get a small taste of elite life in the Kimberley Spirit under-19s camp, which included a friendly match against some of the best players in the WKFL. Making an impression Young cricketers Ryley Alexander, Tom Virgo and Luke Phillipson impressed after being part of the inaugural North West representative squad at the State Under-14s Country Carnival in Northam. Historic bout Derby boxer Jake “The Hitman” Peacock was ready to make history when he returned to his home town of Geraldton to headline the town’s first professional boxing show in more than 80 years. Peacock squared off against Perth fighter Alan “Chop-Star” Pond in his professional debut. Still making waves Jazmin Shipway-Carr continued her surf-lifesaving success despite moving away from Broome for her university studies after taking home nine medals in the SunSmart WA Senior Surf Life Saving Championships. April Champion visit Fat bikes and mountain-biking enthusiasts of all ages had the chance to learn from one of the best when Steff Van Amerongen came to Broome to lead workshops ahead of the Mountain Bike Australia Fat Bike Championships. Barracudas’ success continues Broome Barracudas continued to rake in the medals and personal bests after triumphing at the North West Open in Karratha. Wet-season premiers Fossils and Orl Blacks took out out the 2018/19 mixed netball A-grade and B-grade premierships respectively. The Tigers also picked up a premiership after toppling the Hornets in the Broome Basketball Association’s wet-season competition. Pre-season footy Pre-season training for the West Kimberley’s football clubs was put to the test in a pre-season lightning carnival. The carnival also saw the debut of the new Broome Bulls women’s team. May Friendly rivalry A hard-fought clash between Broome Jets and South Hedland Cougars resulted in a 30-all tie after the two teams competed in the first senior rugby league match for 2019. WKFL returns The 2019 men’s and women’s football seasons began with a bang with plenty of big wins recorded and the official debut of the Broome Bulls women’s team. Arafura Games Broome Barracudas’ Tallara Cook, Gemma Kent and Talia Wilkinson took the Arafura Games by storm in their first international event, walking away with a slew of medals and new records. Marathon achievement Broome mum Sarah Woods completed the London Marathon, raising more than $1000 for charity in the process. World champion in action WA squash players converged in Broome for the fourth annual Broome Squash Invitational all while getting a glimpse of former world champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald in action. Gibb River Challenge record Cayden and Keats Sullivan, Caleb McMahon, Wyatt Smith, Harry Rahman and Safie Matthews became the youngest team to ever complete the Gibb River Challenge, raising more than $17,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in the process. June Racing returns The Broome racing season returned with a bang for 2019 as punters returned to the Broome Turf Club for three months of races, fashion and big bets. Speedway win Local speedway racer Jeff Steele stole the show at the WA Modified Sedan title during the WA Day long weekend, taking out the big race after beating friendly rivals in the three-day tournament. Surprise comeback Retired Fremantle Dockers cult figure Kepler Bradley slipped on the boots one more time and gave Kimberley footy a crack when he filled in for the Bidyadanga Emus in their fifth consecutive win for 2019. Touch premiers Greenbacks pulled off another premiership victory, defeating the Tox Free Runaways in the Broome Touch division 1 grand final. Lights Out took the division 2 premiership after pipping the Broome Pirates. Karratha dominates Karratha Netball Association stole the show at the Netball WA North West Championships in Broome, winning four out of five grand final appearances. Broome Netball were also strong performers on home turf, securing two premierships. Dann’s the man After several attempts in previous seasons, Sonny Dann finally broke his personal best goal-kicking record in a single game after kicking 10 goals in Cable Beach’s big win against Saints. Broome Pro Am Golfers from across Australia flocked to Broome Golf Club to take part in the Broome Furnishings Carpet Paint and Tile Open Pro Am, including Australian PGA champion Peter Lonard. Perth golfer Daniel Fox took out the tournament after finishing on 135 points.