Thousands packed Kalgoorlie’s Main Street on Sunday for their annual St Barbara’s Day Parade.
Instead of traditional floats, like everything in Kalgoorlie, their attractions are big. Mining trucks over six metres tall covered in Christmas decorations paraded down Hannan street.
But for the first time in a while, the star attraction wasn’t Santa. It was the man most of WA has dubbed 'The King of Kalgoorlie' Dom Sheed.
Originally from the Goldfields, Sheed has been hailed as the hero for kicking the winning goal for West Coast during this year’s grand final against Collingwood.
The 23-year-old midfielder was given a warm reception on the back of a ute through the parade, then he was handed the keys to the city in the form of a framed certificate by Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor, John Bowler.
Sheed played his junior football at John Paul College Saints and Mines Rovers football club, a stark contrast compared to the 100,000 plus fans he sent into a frenzy at the MCG in September.
Sheed and fellow Goldfielder, West Coast assistant coach Jaymie Graham then appeared at the Kalgoorlie town hall for signings and photo opportunities with the queue longer than for the jolly man himself.