Monday, 26th September, 2011
By Kurtis Eichler
More than 500 people watched on as Josh Cowdrey and Summa Gobell were crowned winners of this year’s ‘YMCA Dancing Stars Ball’ at the weekend.
Fifteen couples competed for the event’s main trophy, with Cowdrey and Gobell’s moves on the dance floor winning over judges Dana Farcich, Member for Murray-Darling John Williams, Mayor Wincen Cuy and a member of the YMCA Sydney board.
The city’s YMCA manager, Kerry McDonald, said 10 weeks of training certainly paid off for the couple.
“They looked lovely,” she said.
“They loved every one of the claps they got from the 500-odd people.”
Ms Gobell’s partner off the dance floor, Nathan Rayner, also proposed to her on the night, with Summa accepting.
Exactly 520 people attended the event held at the Gary Radford Pavilion which included a three-course-meal.
“Everyone was just in a wonderful mood.”
Ms McDonald conceded in her first year as both a contestant and an organiser, an event next year would be even more popular.
“I think you’d get close to 1000 people for the next one.”
Through the fundraiser, the couples collectively raised some $10,000 for the local YMCA.
“The money will go towards a holistic program for the juvenile at risk.”
Andrew Oleznicki and his partner, Lyndall Graham walked away runners up on the night.
The dancers were all trained by Courtney Adams.