Kirrawee resident and long-time Rotarian Cathy Mason has been named Cronulla Local Woman of the Year for 2021.

This award is deserving recognition of Ms Mason’s generous community service over many years, both locally and overseas.

Cathy is an inspiring volunteer and an asset to our local community.

When you look at the numerous projects Cathy has led or supported over the past 24 years, you get a clear sense of how many people’s lives she’s influenced for the better.

Among other roles, Cathy has previously served as President of the Rotary Clubs of Gymea and Caringbah; Chairperson for Rotary’s Police Officer of the Year Awards; Director of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards; PR & Marketing Manager for the Sutherland Shire Relay for Life; and she was instrumental in establishing Rotary’s ‘Adopt-A-Town’ program in 2018 to support communities impacted by natural disasters.

Now in their tenth year, the NSW Women of the Year Awards shine a spotlight on some of the state’s most inspirational and influential women.

Past winners of the Cronulla Local Woman of the Year Award have been leaders in medicine, health and community advocacy and sport.

NSW Women’s Week is an opportunity to honour the many gifted and strong female leaders in our community.

And speaking of strong women, Cathy Mason sets the bar high – and I mean that quite literally, because she happens to be a champion weightlifter in her age division.

It’s terrific to hear of Cathy’s efforts to encourage more mature women to take up health and fitness and grow their self-belief.

Recently dubbed the “Weightlifting Granny”, Cathy’s love for the sport has led to her becoming a qualified referee and volunteering at many competitions, including the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Congratulations, Cathy, on your wonderful achievements!

Previous recipients of the Cronulla Local Woman of the Year Award are Margaret Corbett OAM (2020), Shirley Smith (2019), Kate Fitzsimons (2018), Alison Todd (2017), Jen Armstrong (2016), Megan Barnes (2015) and Dr Karen Crawley (2014). 

Find out more about the NSW Women of the Year Awards and the finalists at