The NT Motorsport Awards has taken place on 11th February, 2023 at Lasseters Casino in Alice Springs, celebrating 2022 achievements.

MotorSports NT acknowledged various drivers and riders, as well as clubs, volunteers and officials.

In addition, two worthy individuals were acknowledged for their commitment and selflessness in supporting Motorsports clubs, venues and events by being awarded life membership - Craig Garraway and the late Maureen Kohlman.


Here is the full list of our recipients.

Motorsports NT Volunteer of the Year
Nina Kells

Motorsports NT Junior Official of the Year
Chantelle Fisher

Motorsports NT Official of the Year
Jan Cartwright

Motorsports NT Club Administrator of the Year
Gail Kroonstuiver

Motorsports NT Junior Rider Award
Aiden Blowers

Motorsports NT Senior Rider Award
Emma Lavercombe

Motorsports NT Junior Driver Award
River Spitzbarth

Motorsports NT Senior Driver Award
David Ling


Motorsports NT Rising Star Award
Zac Hannon

Motorsports NT Event of the Year
Chariots of Thunder

Motorsports NT Club of the Year
Central Australia Drag Racing Association

Motorsports NT Club Person of the Year
Gail Kroonstuiver

Motorsports NT Champion of the Year
Emma Lavercombe

2023 will see the return of the Motorsports NT Annual Awards Night in Alice Springs.

This is the Northern Territory’s Motorsports premier awards night to celebrate our local sporting individuals and clubs for 2022.

The theme this year for our Sports Awards is “Accelerating the way forward”. After a tumultuous 2020 and 2021, it’s time to look forward and celebrate the resilience of our clubs, volunteers and competitors. 

Within our Motorsports Arena we see seventy-three worthy nominees, Motorsports NT congratulate all nominees on your achievements through 2022.
CADRA Josie Hodgins
DMCC Jenny Henwood
DOSE Mitch Henderson
DSRDA Jacalin Ekins
HVDRA Trenton Barfoot
NAMSC Gail Kroonstuiver
TEDA Hannah Litzow
TERRA Angela Menzies
TQA Angie Lavercombe


AHMA Aiden Blowers Motocross
APSA Jessica Foley Speedway
APSA Warren Thompson Sprintcar Driver
ASORRC Tim Weir Off Road Driver
CARS Joe Harris Khanacross
CARS Mitchell Lawson MotoKhana
CARS Christopher Mc Cormack Rally Driver
DKA Dylan Ralph Kart Driver
DMCC Timothy Gwynne Enduro Rider
DSRDA River Spitzbath Speedway
DSRDA Zack Grimshaw Speedway Open Wheeler
DSRDA Jake Kouvimaki Speedway Sedan
NAMSC David Ling Circuit Driver
NAMSC Travis Humm MotoKhana
NAMSC David Harding Rally Driver
TCSC Jamie Jones Speedway
TCSC Jack Yates Speedway Sedan
TEDA Mitchell Doyle Drift Driver
TEDKA William Prest Kart Driver
TEDKA Memphis Cross Kart Driver
TEMCC Rhys Gwynne Motocross
TERRA Gordon McDonald Circuit Rider
TQA Emma Lavercombe Quad Rider



APSA Dance in the Desert
DSRDA Chariots of Thunder
NAMSC Middys Electrical HQ Nationals
TEDA Invitational Drift State of Origin 
TERRA Top End TERRA Challenge TTC



AHMA Aiden Blowers
ASORRC Timothy Button
CADRA Riley Thompson
DKA Mitchell Kroonstuiver
NAMSC Zac Hannon
NSI Bradley Niven
TEDA Flynn Robinson
TERRA Andrew Tilbrook
TQA Beau Wilding



APSA Mike Thompson
ASORRC Darren Boots
DSRDA Jorja Thompson
NAMSC Jan Cartwright
NSI Ray Niven
TCSC Colin Fry
TEDA Ray Henry - Scruffy
TEDA Jake Kroonstruiver
TEDKA Dianne Prest
TEMCC Sally Woodhill
TEMRA Chantel Fisher
TERRA Pete McAuley
TQA Rob Geers
AHMA Jay Bean
APSA Matt Phillips
APSA Julie Thompsen
ASORRC Nina Kells
APSA Bec Thompson
CARS Debra McCormack
DKA Ryan Watkinson
DSRDA Russell Henry
HVDRA Kimba Hammond
KMSC Ronald (Ronnie) Thomson
NSI Luke Tabone
TCSC Clarissa Burgen
TEDA Karinda Gill
TEMRA Rory Sexton AKA Country
TERRA Ray Henry (Scruffy)
TQA Tara Veal
If you would like to support your local Motorsports club or nominee, the 2022 Motorsports NT Annual Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 11 February from 6:00pm to 10pm at Lasseters Casino, Alice Springs.
Dress code is cocktail and tickets are $121 per person, or you can book a Table of 10 for $1,100. This includes special guests, entertainment, a 3 course meal and beverage package.

The Northern Territory (NT) Sports Awards recognise the achievements of athletes, coaches, sporting officials and volunteers.

Within the Motorsports Arena we see five nominees, Motorsport NT congratulate all nominees on your achievements through 2021 and wish you all the best luck.
If you would like to support your local sporting legend, the 2022 NT Sports Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 28 May from 6:30pm to 11pm at the Deckchair Cinema in Darwin.
Dress code is cocktail and tickets are $100. This includes a 4-hour food and drinks package.



UP and coming NT youngster River Spitzbarth has been gaining a lot of exposure and experience down in the southern states of South Australia and Victoria.

Cilla sat down with River to have a chat before he heads down to the National Junior Sedan Titles this month in Victoria.


How did you get into MotorSports?
To be honest my Dad, I can remember being around some sort of Motorsports from a young age and just love the sound of a revving engine.


Who is your Favourite Driver/Rider?
Mmm, there is so many great drivers that I can't pick a favourite!!! 


What are your greatest achievements or memories?
Until my recent feature win at Hamilton, I would have to say getting the NT3last year along with winning the 2021 Tennant Creek Title.


What do you want to be doing in five years?
My dream is to be racing street stocks and with the support from my parents, family and sponsors I can see me achieving this.


How do you feel about heading to Victoria for your first Nationals?
I am excited but nervous though I will have my Mum and Dad with me and it will be a great experience.


River is the only NT representative heading to the National Titles, MSNT wishes him and his team the best of luck and above all just have fun and stay safe!

Congratulations to Jeff Sutton who was presented his MSNT Life Membership Award this week by our MSNT President. Jeff has an outstanding NT motorsports history and his involvement in TERRA, Superbikes and support of other Clubs, Officials and Competitors is noted and highly appreciated. Well done Jeff and well deserved, we thank you!

Tony brings a wealth of experience to the Executive Office role having served in many executive roles in the past including, as an Assistant Minister for Sport.

Tony is no stranger to Motorsports having developed a passion for the sport at a very young age and watching his mother race an EH Holden in Victoria. He followed the Speedway, Calder Park Drags and Supercars, completed a Motor Mechanic Apprentice Ship with the Victorian Police Workshops and went to trade school with Supercars champion Mark Skaife. Tony raced speedway cars and motorbikes in South Australia, eventually moving to Alice Springs where he became involved in the Go Kart Club and his own children today carry on the tradition in MotoX.

"It is such an honour to be able to give back to motorsports in the Northern Territory. Motorsports are a family that I have grown up in, it is full of hard-working members, volunteers and passionate fans”.

“I am excited about our future and will work hard with our Affiliates, Members, Sponsors, Media and Board to continue moving forward, grow our events, develop our sport and support our juniors, seniors and our people."

Motorsport NT President Gary Pendlebury congratulated Tony on being appointed as the new Executive Officer Motorsports NT. “Tony has been a strong advocate for Motorsports NT over many years, our members and volunteers have always enjoyed a great working relationship with Tony and we look forward to continuing this work with him as our Executive Officer of Motorsports NT”.

Tony commenced his Executive Officer position on the 7th February 2020.


Congratulations to Grant Hamon in being recognised in the NT Roll of Honour at the NT Sports Awards on Saturday night.
Grant has a history in motor sport dating back more than 30 years, both as a competitor and a sports administrator.
Some of his Achievements:
Grant was the driving force behind the innovation of MotorSports NT as a recognised Peak Body for motor sport across the Northern Territory.
Successfully lobbying of Government to commit funding in excess of $40M across Territory motor sports since the formation of MotorSports NT.
Grant’s services to the wider community and to motor sports was exceptional and he spent inordinate amounts of time mentoring and coaching other administrators and committee members to better their clubs.
In 2015/2016, Grant had been instrumental in negotiating multi-million dollar funding arrangements for the 17 Territory-wide MotorSports affiliated organisations at the time for the next 4 year period to 2020.
There is no doubt that motor sport in the Northern Territory would not be in such a fantastic position as it is today without Grant’s contribution.
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