Eyes on the Prize
Monthly Sports Award Winners April 2017 – March 2018
Past Monthly, Annual & Elite Winners
Junior Sportsperson Award Winner - October
Emilee Great | Ambarvale Little Athletics
Original Nomination | ““Emilee has been with our club for three years and this season is in the U9 age group with 9 other girls. Our season has only started at the end of September and Emilee has already accomplished multi-personal best times in all her track events at our club on a Friday night. This is shown by how many she has achieved over the six weeks of competition e.g. 100m – 3, 200m – 3, 400m – 3, 60m hurdles – 3, 70m – 2 and 800m – 1. As you can see by these numbers, Emilee loves to run.
Not to be left out are her personal best result in her field events e.g. discus – 1, high jump – 1, long jump – 1 and shot put – 2. This season the Under 9 age group is learning all about high jump where the athletes are being taught how to do scissor kick over the bar onto a small mat. Emilee said the other night that she wanted to master this event so she could nominate herself for the upcoming Zone Championships in December and also her favourite track events as well.
Emilee has succeeded in achieving 20 personal best in six weeks of competition in her track and field events. With many weeks to go till the end of our season and with all the personal bests she is still yet to achieve, Emilee is on track to seeing herself continue to thrive in her chosen events.”
Youth Sportsperson Award Winner - October
Andrea Ferreira | Macquarie Fields Swimming Club
Original Nomination | “Andre is a thirteen-year-old swimmer with our Club who in his short time with us has achieved fantastic results both at club meets and external meets. He has proudly represented our Club and Metro South West Swimming at the Speedo Sprint Finals in March. At his most recent meets, he has come first in three events and second in four events. Not only is he placing in the top 3 of his age group but he is improving on his PB’s.
At our recent Annual Presentation he was awarded one of our most prestigious awards as the Most Improved. At the recent Metro South West Championships in the 12 years age group he was
- 1st 100 metre Butterfly – took 12 and a half seconds off his PB
- 2nd 200 metre Individual Medley – took 10 and half seconds off his PB
- 2nd 100 metre Breaststroke
- 2nd 100 metre Backstroke
Andre has recently competed in his first Open Water event at Penrith and was placed third in his age group. He swam the two and a half kilometres in a time of 35mins 16secs.”
Senior Sportsperson Award Winner - October
Mathew Hart | Magpies Cricket Club
Original Nomination | “Matthew plays in our Senior 4th Grade cricket team in which the season has only recently started. In Round 1, with the team playing against a 4th Grade semi-finalist from the previous season, Matthew achieved a rare bowling feat of taking 9 wickets in a match including a Hat-trick. This included great bowling figures in the 1st innings of 9.3 overs, 2 Maidens, 3 wickets for 20 runs then excelling with 2nd innings figures of 8 overs, 1 maiden, 6 wickets for 29 runs including a hat-trick.
This gave him match figures of 17.3 Overs, 3 maidens, 9 wickets for 49 runs & hat-trick. He also was not out in the 2nd innings when batting for an outright victory. A great individual performance for the 1st round of the year which contributed greatly to the team gaining an outright victory.
With a great cricketing performance such as this we would like to submit Matthew for the West Sports Council Senior Player of the Month Award.”
Sports Team Award Winner - October
Oakes Junior Rugby League Club | Oaks Rugby League
Original Nomination | “The under 16b team won the Grand final in 2017 in Group 6. This team was made up of under 15-year-olds and under 16’s hence why the team was in the B competition at the tail end of the competition. The kids trained in the beginning for 3 days then went to two and when they got to the semis back to 3 nights a week. The 15 years olds did notice a big difference playing a year above their age, but went out each week and gave it their best, and did end up with a lot more bruises then they expected, but still turned up to training to hopefully learn more skills that would help them especially against the bigger and more skilled kids in the A competition. The A and B sides played the year together until the semis when it was split into the two competitions.
What was special for the club were the kids that had been together from there days playing minis. Our Coach was Dave Micallef who had been a club coach and Life member for many years and assistant coach was Kim-maree Teale LM who was the kid’s original coach from under 6’s that got them started, who then coached other sides from Mod and back to them for the 16’s.
For a small club it is great to have the boys and their siblings stay with a club for so many years. We also have two of the boys and the FAO Shane Hudson for the team became referees so they would referee the mini-games in the morning before playing their game in the afternoon plus go to referee training, as well as footy training during the week. Three of the 16-year-old boys have also been picked for representative footy for 2018.”
Spirit of Sportsperson Award Winner - October
Cindy Mann | Appin Netball Club
Original Nomination | “Cindy Mann was at the netball courts from 7:30am to 4:30pm each and every Saturday of the 2017 season. She tirelessly serves the Campbelltown District Netball Association in the Junior Umpire Convenor role and has done so for more than 10 years (non-stop), in 2017 she stepped into the Senior Umpire Convenor role. With a smile on her face, Cindy has always willingly dedicated her time to the development of Junior umpires including providing encouragement to umpires, providing positive and constructive feedback when coaching umpires, clearly explaining the rules of netball in a clear/understandable format, participating in the Have-A-GO umpire development program, participating on umpire badging panels and walking the courts to ensure all umpires are being treated respectfully by players.
I have personally benefited from Cindy’s encouragement, feedback and knowledge of the game with my own Umpiring development. Cindy has indicated that she will be stepping down from her role as Junior Umpire Convenor (Senior Convenor for 2017) after 10 years of service. And I would like to formally nominate her for the Spirit of Sport person award, for her outstanding contribution to the Campbelltown District Netball Association’s growth/development of their umpires.”
Encouragement Sports Award Winner - October
Kyra-Rose Williamson | Ambarvale Little Athletics
Original Nomination | “Kyra-rose has been with our club for eight years and competes in the Under 11 age group. Throughout this time Kyah has been hard working and continuously tries her best. She may not be the quickest or the strongest but each week of our competition she shows her resilience with participating in all events on a Friday night. Her determination can be seen by all especially by the other girls in her age group and other parents. Despite having several medical conditions, Kyah doesn’t allow herself to give up and see’s the events through to completion.
Her performance has shown her enthusiasm for athletics and this is evident in her eight personal best results so far. She achieved these PB’s in the month of October and has expressed her joy of this. Kyah’s parents have said that they both couldn’t be prouder of their daughter and delighted that she can express her passion for competing in athletics. Kyah’s obvious enjoyment of her achievements shows that she is a symbol of the sports strength that we strive for and should be looked up to by other competitors with her motivation. She is an inspiration to all.”