Eyes on the Prize
Monthly Sports Award Winners April 2017 – March 2018
Past Monthly, Annual & Elite Winners
Junior Sportsperson Award Winner - June 2017
Elliana Herbert | Macquarie Fields Swimming Club
Original Nomination | “Elliana is a six-year-old swimmer with our Club who has recently competed in her first external meet. She swam many PB’s and also won a bronze medal in her age group for backstroke.
In our recent Point Score competition she was placed first in her age group. The point score competition is determined by gaining individual improvement points each week of the competition at Club. The summer competition is conducted from 1 October to 31 March each year.”
Youth Sportsperson Award Winner - June 2017
Keiran Brook | Wests Hockey Club
Original Nomination | “Keiran Brook is a young up and coming star for Wests Hockey. He plays in the junior u15 and u18 teams as well as for the 2nd Grade Men’s side. On occasion he has also filled in for 1st Grade. Keiran is a great player to watch and demonstrates incredible skill, being able to beat good players easily with precise, deftly-timed stick-work. He is also one of those prized attacking players who can get a shot off even when nothing seems on. He has a great back-stick (tomahawk) and has scored lots of goals this season with that as well as on the fore-stock.
Besides playing for Wests Hockey, in 2016 Keiran has also participated in Centre for Development, Macarthur under 18s 2nd Team and u15s 1st team. This latter team were runners up and based on his performance, Keiran was selected in the u15s State Squad. Keiran has also participated in Sydney South-Wests Combined High School teams and also played at the u15s Moorebank carnival where his team finished 1st.
Besides his natural hockey talent, Keiran also gives back to the sport by umpiring Junior games on a Saturday morning and has even umpired a few senior games (1 Men’s and 1 Women’s) despite the fact he is only 14 years old. In his umpiring he has also been selected to umpire at U13s State Championships, SSW Regional Boys and Girls State Hockey Carnival, as well as a u13s Carnival at Moorebank and a u11 Carnival at Narellan.
Based on his great playing ability, the contribution he makes to many Wests teams, his representative success and the help he provides the Hockey Community through umpiring, I have no hesitation in recommending Keiran for a Youth sportsperson award.”
Senior Sportsperson Award Winner - June 2017
Ethan Sorenson | Wests Hockey Club
Original Nomination | “Ethan Sorenson is a 17 year-old who has played for Wests under 18s for the last few years along with playing in 1st and 2nd Grade Men’s teams on a casual basis. Ethan has a great turn of speed as well as exceptional stick skills, which makes him a challenging opponent to mark and contain.
Recently, Ethan played in the Under 18’s state champs for Nepean, helping them to make the grand final. Ethan was the highest scorer for his team in the championships and based on his performance was added to the Athlete Acceleration Program (AAP squad). Ethan also played in the Open Men’s State Championships for the Nepean 1st team and also plays for the Western Sydney Academy of Sport.
Besides his playing ability, Ethan is a good ambassador for Wests and a good team-player: he is always willing to pass the ball and always encourages his teammates with plenty of positive talk on the field. He would be a worthy recipient of the senior sportsperson award.”
Sports Team Award Winner - June 2017
Caspers Net-Set-Go Team | Campbelltown Thunder Netball Club
Original Nomination | “What an awesome little team we have in our youngest team, known as our “Caspers team”. This amazing group of young ladies ages range between 5yo-9yo. All 8 players have never played netball before joining Thunder Netball Club.
Their enthusiasm is evident with them all turning up to training every week. They arrived bright and early every Saturday morning ready for their 11 am game. Even though they play in the non – competitive competition in the Net-Set-go, their results have been outstanding.
Their 1st game was a nil all draw and then they began their undefeated winning streak. 2-0, to a massive 12-0 win. These wonderful young ladies play their little hearts out each week and have continued to improve their skills each game. They are an absolute pleasure to watch and their smiles during the game so infectious. Congratulations Thunder Caspers.”
Spirit of Sportsperson Award Winner - June 2017
Lyn Deveney | Macquarie Fields Swimming Club
Original Nomination | “Lyn is treasurer of our Club and has been for the last nine years and has also held many other positions in the Club. She runs the barbeque each week, buying the food, setting up, selling and clearing up at the end.
She has recently run our Summer Presentation at the Wests Tennis Club, booking the venue, organising the entertainment, choosing the trophies, and preparing the presentation booklet, as well as helping to set up on the day. She also prints the certificates for our Swimmer of the Week.
Lyn has just celebrated her fortieth year with the Club and was awarded the President’s Award at our recent Presentation. She has been the Club’s delegate to the Sports Council for the last eighteen years since the Club was accepted and was secretary for ten of those years.”
Encouragement Sports Award Winner - June 2017
Graduate D Team | Campbelltown Thunder Netball Club
Original Nomination | “Our amazing Graduate D team consists of 9 players ranging from 15yo to 18yo. This team plays in a competition where team ages range from 14yo – 20yo. This team have such a positive and ‘never give up’ attitude and this is what makes them the stand out, an awesome team that they are.
While this team have won 3 out of the 9 games played so far, their enthusiasm and eagerness to play has never diminished. These girls commitment to their team is truly evident with them coming training and games every week.
Whilst these ladies started the season without a coach, their positive outlook and friendships that they made as a team gave them the encouragement each week. Their response for their coach, manager and umpire are an inspiration. Along with the commitment and positivity to their beloved game of netball they should be commended. Well done girls.”