Swinging with the Stars

Laura Hawkins & Cody Smith claim the title & $98K raised for the Limestone Coast!

A full house of over 500 people packed The Barn on 23rd June to witness eight incredible locals and their partners take to the dance floor to raise funds for the Limestone Coast at the 11th annual Swinging with the Stars.

In a hotly contested final, Laura Hawkins and Cody Smith were crowned winners of the 2018 Swinging with the Stars.  Laura originates from Frances and has recently relocated to Robe to work at the Caledonian Inn. The Frances and Robe communities rallied behind Laura to ensure that she was a strong contender both on the dance floor and in the fundraising.

“I’m still buzzing, what an amazing night, I had so much fun! Never in a million years did I think I’d come away with the win. For me, it was never about winning, it was just such a blast and to have all my family and friends there to support me was incredible. I can’t wait to see all the money that we have raised to go back into the Naracoorte and surrounding communities. I’d really like to thank Cody for being so patient and such a legend, and also all the other Stars! What an amazing ride it has been!” Ms Hawkins said.

All couples danced the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, a sizzling Tango and a show-stopping Hip Hop, from which four couples were then selected to dance the final Cha Cha.  Judges, Lynette Martin, Joe D’Agostino and Amanda Flint had an extremely difficult job in selecting the winning couple.

Other 2018 participants included:

Ø  Ben Deering Mt Gambier’s Centenary Tower “Tower Guy” dancing with Jacinta Cooper.

Ø  Cape Jaffa’s, Anna Hooper, dancing with Dylan Blacksell.

Ø  Millicent Accountant Steve Duldig dancing with Katherine Miller.

Ø  Penola primary school teacher Nicole Lear dancing with Jayden Green.

Ø  Grant High School’s Liam Goodfellow dancing with Keana Soper.

Ø  Malseed’s maestro, Alistair Coonan with Rebecca Hann.

Ø  And Presto Eatery’s Lucy Von Stanke dancing with James Brennan.

The stars had 8 weeks of intensive training at HYPE Dance Studio to teach them the dance routines. For the 4th year running Kim Cella from Hype Dance trained the stars and was assisted by Paris Ackland with choreography and training. Both Kim and Paris were delighted to see the growth in the Stars over the eight weeks.

“In just a couple of months our 2018 celebrities took on the huge challenge and went from next to no dance experience to performing four complex dance routines in front of a crowd of 500! The standard that they have reached has truly set the bar higher yet again!”
  Ms Cella said.

People's Choice winner (awarded to the Star who raises the most funds for the Stand Like Stone Foundation) was awarded to Alistair Coonan, whose individual fundraising total was $15,188.10. Ali was overwhelmed by the local support in his fundraising endeavours.

“I had a lot of support from so many different businesses around town, I started out with many little bits and pieces that turned out to be incredible auction items! My main fundraising event was a Gin Night at the Commodore on the Park and I’d like to thank Tom, Jess and the team at the Commodore for their generosity – it was so great!” said Alistair Coonan, People’s Choice winner. “My success is largely due to my friends, family and colleagues that we all so keen to support me. Jason Malseed’s auctioneering skills brought an amazing result and I owe thanks to the people that came out and dug deep. For me it was more stress making sure that I was contributing and got the fundraising right for such a great cause. This was more stressful than the dancing!”
said Mr Coonan.

The event raised $98,000, taking the total raised since the first Swinging with the Stars in 2007 to $615,000. All donations received for Swinging with the Stars are added to Stand Like Stone Foundation’s trust funds and are held in trust to benefit Limestone Coast communities.

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1 STEVE DULDIG & KATHERINE MILLER

2 ALI COONAN & REBECCA HANN

3 LIAM GOODFELLOW & KEANA SOPER

4 LUCY VON STANKE & JAMES BRENNAN

5 ANNA HOOPER & DYLAN BLACKSELL

6 BEN DEERING & JACINTA COOPER

7 NICOLE LEAR & JAYDEN GREEN

8 LAURA HAWKINS & CODY SMITH

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9B WINNERS LAURA HAWKINS & CODY SMITH

9C WINNER PEOPLES CHOICE ALI COONAN & BEC HANN

2017 Swinging with the Stars

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1 Amanda & Jordan

2 Jack & Paris

3 Peter & Rebecca

4 Grant & Katherine

5 Samara & Dylan

6 Nicole & Cody

7 Christian & Keana

8 Beck & James

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2016 Swinging with the Stars

2016 People's Choice winner Emma Webber

2016 Swinging with the Stars

2016 Winners Steven Speck and Kahlia Prelc

Ali Villani and Jordan Brennan

Emma Webber and Dylan Blacksell

Izzy Hood and Tanner Neale

Nick Kidman and Rebecca Hann

Nicole Flaherty and Cody Smith

Simon Villani and Kath Miller

Steven Speck and Kahlia Prelc

Wes Flier and Paris Ackland

2015 Swinging with the Stars

2015 Swinging with the Stars

2015 Winners Ben Hood and Kath Miller

Ben Hood and Kath Miller

Charlie Legoe and Rebecca Hann

Darcy Ryan and Ellie Wilson

David Fox and Paris Ackland

Josh Praolini and Kahlia Prelc

Karen Burrow and Callum Unger

Kate Hill and Andrew Lockwood

Lauren Holmes and Tanner Neale

Peoples Choice winner Lauren Holmes

2014 Swinging with the Stars