Eyes on the Prize
Sports Award nominations are open to members of Sporting Clubs and Individual Clubs of Associations which have been approved by the Wests Campbelltown Board for membership of the Wests Sports Council. These Sporting Clubs will be deemed to be members of the Wests Campbelltown Sports Council for purpose of Sports Awards. There are twelve Monthly Award Winners within the below categories, with each receiving a dining voucher for their achievement, as well as recognition at the Wests Sports Council Annual Presentation Dinner. The Annual Award Winner receives a cheque for $500 at the Annual Sports Dinner held at Wests League Club.
Monthly Sports Award Winners April 2016 – March 2017
Past Annual Award Winners
Please click here to view the Wests Sports Council Award Guidelines – Tier 1.
Junior Sports Award Winner - March
Junior Sportsperson March 2017 Winner – Ethan Matthews | Ambarvale Little Athletics
“Ethan has been with Ambarvale Little Athletics our club for the past five years and this year competes in the Under 9 age group with 13 other boys. This season Ethan was very excited when he found out that he could compete at Zone Championships in December in his favourite event; high jump at Campbelltown Athletics Stadium at Leumeah over two days of competition.
Ethan progressed from the Zone Championships to the Region Championships which was held in February at The Crest Athletics Field at Bass Hill over three days of competition. At Region he had an amazing carnival when all the results were in Ethan came 1st in this event winning a gold medal jumping 1.15m and what an achievement for his first year.
At State which was held in March at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre Ethan only had one event to compete in his favourite event – high jump where they are only allowed to do scissor kick which is very difficult to do. After Region Ethan continued to do training despite the season getting disrupted by the weather, it was either raining at our field, flooded or the council closing the grounds. Ethan sometimes went to Campbelltown Athletics Club to train.
At State there were 24 athletes in high jump. Ethan had made it to the finals again and once they had deliberated with other officials they decided that there were 4 athletes that had come equal 1st and Ethan from Ambarvale Little Athletics Club was one of them. Ethan couldn’t believe that he had come first again and shared the experience with three other kids from other clubs. This was Ethan’s first time at State and what an achievement he had set himself for this season.
Ethan this year has had a great season coming first in the Under 9 high jump obtaining a medal at the Zone Championships, Region Championships & the State Championships. Ethan will also be receiving the following awards; State Champion trophy, State gift – jacket, A bronze medal for the season for his Personal Best in track, jumps & throw times, Certificates from the Zone, Region & State Championships and Participation trophy in his age group – Under 9 boys.”
Youth Sports Award Winner - March
Youth Sportsperson March 2017 Winner – Isman Islam | Magpies Cricket Club
“Isman plays in the Under 16 Division 2 cricket team which were premiers in 2017. Isman had a consistent year in all facets of the game. In his 10 games, he batted 9 times and scored 120 runs with 3 not outs, with a highest score of 52 and an average of just over 20.
With Isman’s bowling he took 13 wickets, best bowling figures of 3-15, with an average of 14.1 He also took 6 field catches and to show his versatility.
However, in the Grand Final when the pressure was on, he excelled with an outstanding bowling performance. With Magpies batting first and scoring 183, the pressure was on for the bowlers to restrict the opposition. Up stepped Isman with a match winning effort. Magpies bowled the opposition out for 138 with Isman taking the impressive figures of 7 overs, 6 maidens, 4 wickets for 1 run.”
Senior Sports Award Winner - March
Senior Sportsperson March 2017 Winner – Damian Persen | Macarthur Triathlon Club
“Damian defended his Macarthur Triathlon Championship title with a clear victory in the 2017 edition. Damian beat the largest field in several years to win the outright title and continue a podium streak that goes back at least 3 years. Coupled with his win in the Duathlon championship, Damian has cleaned up all of the club’s available silverware in the 2016-17 season!
Damian backed up the following week to score a 3rd place finish in his age-group at the 2017 Triathlon NSW Club Championship in Orange. Damian’s points were a valuable contribution to the club’s result. Damian’s season started at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship on the Sunshine Coast that consisted of a 1.9km swim/90km bike/21.1km run. He was then able to claim 7th in the 1km swim/30km bike/10km run at Nepean Triathlon in Penrith to start off a strong season.
Damian combines a demanding work schedule with hard training, contributions to the club as a member of the committee and as a husband and father of two young children. Season results include:
- 2016 Wests Macarthur Duathlon Championship, 1st Outright
- 2017 ABC Bikes Macarthur Triathlon Championship, 1st Outright
- 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship (qualified through 2015-16 season)
- Ironman Cairns, 54th 30-34 Men (3.8km swim/180km bike/42.2.km run)
- Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie, 7th 30-34 Men (1.9km swim/90km bike/21.2.km run)
- 2016 Triathlon NSW Club Championship, 11th 30-34 Men (1km swim/30km bike/8km run)
- Nepean Triathlon, 7th 30-34 Male (1km swim/30km bike/10km run)
- 2017 Triathlon NSW Club Championship, 3rd 30-34 Men (1km swim/30km bike/8km run)”
Team Sports Award Winner - March
Sports Team March 2017 Winner – U11 Division 2 Team | Magpies Cricket Club
“The Magpies Under 11 Division 2 team had a great season and continued through to be Premiership Winners. It was a great accomplishment especially as of the 12 players in the team, 3 were new players and 8 players came from the U10’s the season before where they won 1 game and finished last.
At the completion of the 10 Round games, they finished in 2nd position with 8 wins and 2 close losses. This never say die attitude and teamwork is what makes this team and all the wins are true team efforts. This continued in the Finals series and every player played for each other in both the semi-final and Grand Final.
Semi Final – on a very hot weekend where the temperature had exceeded 30 degrees by 8am, Magpies won the Toss and batted first. It was very tough going against a good side and the grass in the outfield very long. After a good team batting effort, the Magpie scored 135 from their 44 overs. Knowing that they would need to bowl and field really well to defend this total they did just that. They started on the front foot and with some very tight bowling and good fielding they restricted the opposition to 4 for 89 off 44 overs.
Grand Final – Another warm day in the 30 degree range saw the Magpies taking on the undefeated Minor Premiers who although had beaten Magpies twice in the season the margins were only by 10 runs and 5 runs. Magpies won the Toss but this time bowled first. Opposite to the Semi-final the outfield was quick so they would need to bowl and field well to contain the opposition. At the end of the 44 overs, the opposition had scored 9 for 175. Batting second in a Grand Final is tough and a great start was vital. Well the batters did just that and in a sensational batting performance Magpies chased down the score in just 37 overs with the final score being 1 wicket lost for 180 runs and with that they won the premiership.”
Encouragement Sports Award Winner - March
Encouragement of Sports March 2017 Winner – Lily Watson | Mount Annan Swimming Club
“11 year old Lily Watson has been a member of Mount Annan Swimming Club for almost 3 years. In her time with the club, Lily has progressed tremendously in her swimming. She has moved through junior levels of squad training and began participating in weekly club nights and external swimming carnivals. Initially, Lily was a shy and tentative young girl. In the past 3 years, she has blossomed into a social, outgoing member of the club. Lily has formed many friendships with teammates and can be seen supporting and encouraging her friends during training and competitions.
Since she began participating in external swimming carnivals, Lily’s swimming has improved drastically. As a result, she is currently being transitioned into a higher level of squad, with greater demands for increased training sessions and dedication to work hard. She has taken it in her stride tremendously.
Recently, Lily participated in the Swimming Metro South West area’s local Long Course competition, held at Blacktown Aquatic centre. Lily competed in three events on the day; 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, and 50m Breaststroke. Although disheartened by an unfortunate swim in the 50m Backstroke, Lily was able to come back stronger than ever and achieve personal best times in her remaining events, with a 1.5 second PB in her Breaststroke and a whopping 3 second PB in her Freestyle. On the day, Lily learnt a valuable lesson about overcoming unfortunate circumstances and pushing through to achieve great things. This is something I believe Lily will take with her through her future as a swimmer.”
Spirit of Sports Award Winner - March
Spirit of Sport March 2017 Winner – Brendan O’Flynn | Campbelltown Touch
“Brendan, who is the Campbelltown Touch Tournament Director, organises the competitions by doing all the match draws, ensuring all competitions run smoothly, as well as monitoring player and official online registrations.
Brendan has also taken it upon himself to arrange the marking of fields and organising working bees to maintain the upkeep of our grounds to ensure there are no problems come game time. He was even seen mowing in the rain.
Brendan juggles these tasks whilst he is teaching at St Gregory’s High School and also spends two nights a week looking after some of the boarders at the school. Brendan has played Touch football at both club and rep level and is also a level 5 referee which means attending representative carnivals in places such as Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.
Brendan is an asset to Campbelltown Touch and is one of the reasons we function with a minimum of fuss.”
Junior Sports Award Winner - February
Junior Sportsperson February 2017 Winner – Ben Gregory from Magpies Cricket Club
“Ben has been big part of the U11 Div 2 team in 2016/17 which won the Premiership. Ben had a great year, during the season, in the regular games he batted 6 times and scored 175 runs. This included 2 half centuries (50 not out and 51 not out) with a total of 4 not out innings. His battering average was 87.5. Ben was also the team’s main wicketkeeper and took 15 wicket keeper catches and 1 stumping.
This great season culminated with an outstanding performance in the Semi Final and Grand Final. In the Semi-final although the main keeper came on to bowl at the end of the innings and bowled 4 overs, 3 maidens, 0 wickets for 1 run which resulted in the team winning the semi-finals. In the Grand Final he made a very important 50 retired/not out opening the batting and was awarded “Player of the Match” by the Camden District Cricket Umpires Association at the Grand Final. With a performance such as this also having such a great spirit for playing and supporting his team mates he is very worth of this nomination.”
Youth Sports Award Winner - February
Youth Sportsperson February 2017 Winner – Erin Wooldridge from Macarthur Triathlon Club
“1st Place Round 3 Australian Junior Triathlon Series (Youth 13-14), Glenelg SA. Erin dominated the race to finish some 5 minutes clear of her nearest rival. Erin’s 400m swim put her in amongst the older age-group athletes and during the 14km bike leg she worked well in the main peloton to push herself 4 minutes clear of her nearest rival. Erin then took a further 75 seconds on the 3km run to amass her 5 minute victory. Erin’s time was fast enough to be well within the first 15 places in the older 15-16 year age-group.
1st Place NSW All Schools Triathlon (Junior Division), Penrith NSW. Erin was a clear victor in the NSW All Schools Triathlon for her age division. Erin won the 103 athlete strong race by 8 seconds in a sprint finish. Her time was beaten by only 7 of the boys who raced on the course concurrently.
2nd Place Richie Walker Aquathlon, Cronulla NSW. Erin started the race as the youngest athlete in the field and was competitive through the entire swim/run event. In the end Erin finished second just a few seconds behind her older sister.”
Senior Sports Award Winner - February
Senior Sportsperson February 2017 Winner – Dean Manning from Magpies Cricket Club
“Dean plays in our 4th Grade Senior team which this year made the Semi Finals. Dean has had a consistent year in his second season of cricket. In that time he has become an opening batsman and a very accomplished one at that.
In this season, in 14 games, he scored 545 runs with an average of over 38. He has scored a century (and highest score 103), and 4 additional scores above 50 (93, 86 not out, 63 & 66). He was also their main wicketkeeper and in the season took 16 wicketkeeper catches and 2 stumpings. Just to show his versatility, when having a rest from keeping him also had a bowl in which he took a total of 5 wickets and also 2 field catches.
From this season, his achievements in the last 3 games to finish the year were outstanding. Firstly in a 2 day game, Dean opened the batting and scored his highest score 103 runs in just over an hour and a half of batting to allow his team to win that game on day 1 of a 2 day game. Then backing up the next day in a separate T20 competition game against an opponent which was made up of predominately 1st grade players, he opened the batting again and carried his bat threw the innings to score 86 not out. The final 2 day game, he opened the batting again to score 66 against the opposition.
That meant in his final 3 regular games, he scored 255 runs at an average of 127.5 Dean in these 3 games took 8 catches and a stumping. With a great cricketing performance such as this we would like to submit Dean for the West Sports Council Senior Player of the Month Award.”
Team Sports Award Winner - February
Sports Team February 2017 Winner – Under 16 Division 2 Team of Magpies Cricket Club
“The Magpies Under 16 Division 2 team has had a great season and continued through to be Premiership Winners. It was a great win especially as the team consisted of 9 players under 15 with only 3 players actually under 16.
At the completion of the 10 Round games, after a slow start (where they lost 3 or their first 4 games as they adjusted to the new age group with the 9 players coming from U14 the previous season) they finished strongly to win 5 of their last 6 games (total 6 wins (including 1 outright win), 4 losses. With this they missed the Minor premiership by 3 points which put them in 2nd position for the final series
Their wins included:
- Round 3 they bowled the opposition out for 99 and Magpies scored 2 for 126
- Round 5 they bowled the opposition out for 113 and Magpies scored 2 for 120
- Round 6 Magpies batted first, scored 243 and bowled out the opposition for 25 & 71
- Round 7 Magpies batted first scored 7 for 222 and bowled out the opposition for 132 & 3 for 126 – this was also an amazing win as the team they played were the minor premiers.
- Round 8 Magpies bowled the opposition out for 58 then in reply Magpies scored 2 for 72.
- Round 9 Magpies bowled the opposition out for 163 then in reply Magpies scored 4 for 170.
This never say die attitude and teamwork is what makes this team and all the wins are true team efforts. This continued in the Finals series and every player played for each other in both the semi-final and Grand Final. Semi Final – on a very hot weekend where the temperature had exceeded 30 degrees by 8am, Magpies won the Toss and batted first. It was very tough going against a good side.
After losing a wicket in the second over, the Magpie batting team put their heads down and toughed it out and went to score 5/218 from 50 overs (with 2 players scoring 50 which included a 100 run partnership). Knowing that with the heat and fast ground they would need to bowl and field brilliantly to defend this total they did just that. They started on the front foot and with some exceptional catching dismissed the opposition for 60 runs in 20 overs.
Grand Final – Another warm day in the 30 degree range saw the Magpies win the Toss and batted first. It was again a good team batting effort with most players contributing and went on to score 10/183. Knowing that they would again need to bowl and field brilliantly to defend this total they did just that. They bowled tightly from the start and with the first 12 overs conceding less than 2 runs an over, the pressure built and again tight bowling and backed up with some great catching dismissed the opposition for 138 runs to win the premiership.
With the players effort coupled with their coach also being the 1st Female coach in the club to win a premiership, I would like to nominate the Under 16 Division 2 team for the West Sports Council Team of the Month.”
Encouragement Sports Award Winner - February
Encouragement of Sports February 2017 Winner – Phoenix Lam of Ambarvale Little Athletics Club
“Phoenix Lam has returned to Amabarval4e Little Athletics Club after having three years off athletics and competed in the Under 10 age group. He was excited to be representing the club at the Zone Championships in December at Campbelltown Athletics Stadium in four events over two days. Phoenix made it to the Regional Championships which was held in February at The Crest Athletics Centre in Bass Hill for two events – 70m & 200m.
Phoenix’s parents said later that at Zone when he tripped and fell over at the finish line he had broken his collarbone but that didn’t deter him from competing and representing our club. His dad coaches him and training was on the cards over the holidays three days a week.
Before Region on Friday night at competition Phoenix wasn’t feeling well and turned up sick with a fever but he was going to compete at Region on Sunday no matter how he felt. On Sunday Phoenix’s first event was the 70m. There were two heats consisting of 7 athletes – Phoenix was in heat 2 coming 2nd which qualified him for the final later in the afternoon. His next event was the 200m consisting of 2 heats – Phoenix was in heat one this time coming first and progressing to the final.
The 70m final was first Phoenix came third obtaining a bronze medal with a personal best time of 10.62. His next event was the final of the 200m to which he came 2nd achieving a silver medal with another best time of 30.69. Phoenix had qualified for the State Championships which will be held in March for the 200m event. Despite his shoulder getting better and a cold Phoenix sportsmanship to athletics is remarkable. His parents were there encouraging him on the Sunday and were stunned that with his injuries he still competed.”
Spirit of Sports Award Winner - February
Spirit of Sport February 2017 Winner – Courtney Whitfield from Macquarie Fields Swimming Club
“Courtney is the Race Secretary, taking on the job when the previous race secretary had to resign due to work commitments. Courtney is only a relevantly new member of the Club and the wife of the President, and she has learnt many of the tasks associated with running a club. As Race Secretary she has had to learn a new system that was still going through its infancy, to provide the race program each week, manage the timekeepers’ watches and provide the results.
When she encountered problems she went to Campbelltown Club to see how they were handling the system, found the answers to her problems and then because some of our procedures were superior, invited them to the Club to see her progress. The Clubs race nights are now running smoothly. Courtney is also responsible for updating our website, determining the swimmer of the week, and in conjunction with the President issuing the regular newsletters. She is a valuable asset for the Macquarie Fields Swimming Club.”