Local heptathlete champion Taneille Crase was named the City of Logan’s athlete of the year at Saturday’s 2023 Sports Awards.

Now a Commonwealth Games representative and three-time consecutive Australian champion, Ms Crase began her competitive sporting career at eight-years-old at the Jimboomba Little Athletics Club.

As a champion heptathlete, she has dominated the 100m hurdles, 200m and 800m track races, high jump, shot put, long jump and javelin.

Ms Crase, an ex-Chambers Flat resident, was last Saturday celebrated for her contribution to sport and recognised as Overall Winner and Athlete of the Year at the City of Logan Sports Award at the Logan Entertainment Centre.

Her first heptathlon was only five years ago, and as the 2024 Paris Olympics approaches, she has moved to Germany to continue her training.

Mayor Darren Power said that Ms Crase’s achievements would inspire Logan sporting talent of all ages.

“It’s a privilege to present Taneille with the City’s highest sporting honour,” Cr Power said.

“From starting out at Jimboomba Little Athletics Club to representing her country, Taneille’s success proves to aspiring athletes that even their highest goals are within reach.

“Taneille has gone from strength-to-strength over the last few years, and we cannot wait to see what she achieves in the future.”

Marsden State High School’s Mercedez Taulelei-Siala was named Young Athlete of the Year after an “outstanding season” in rugby league.

Miss Taulelei-Siala, a winger, represented Queensland at the inaugural Australian Secondary School Rugby League 18 years National Championships, and earned herself a place in the Australian Under 18 Schoolgirls team.

This was preceded by a “stellar” 2022 season that saw her excel in both rugby league and rugby 7s, where she was awarded Best and Fairest for the Tweed Seagulls U19 rugby league side, and represent her school at the Queensland Schoolgirls Rugby 7s Championships.

Saturday evening’s celebrations also featured a panel including former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, Olympic gold medallist and world champion swimmer Mollie O’Callaghan, and Olympic BMX Freestyle champion Logan Martin.

The winners of the 2023 City of Logan Sports Awards are:
• Overall Athlete of the Year – Taneille Crase
• Athlete of the Year – Taneille Crase
• Young Athlete of the Year – Mercedez Taulelei-Siala
• Master Athlete of the Year – Marion Hermitage
• Athlete with a Disability of the Year – Isabelle Parisi
• Sports Team of the Year – Logan City Netball Association U15 Pink Challenge Team
• Sports Official of the Year – Steve Kanowski
• Sports Event of the Year – Footy 4 Fun Carnival Springwood State High School
• Sports Administrator of the Year – Shane Dunne
• Sports Coach of the Year – Tracey Tuia
• Sports Organisation of the Year – Logan Basketball Incorporated
• Judges Choice – Sarah Butwell (Sports Official)

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