Cricket NSW has congratulated the NSW volunteers who accounted for four of the 12 awards at the inaugural 'A Sport for All' Community Cricket Awards at the MCG last week.
Held in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank, the event honoured the remarkable work being done within the Australian cricket community by individuals, clubs and associations.
Hundreds of nominations were received from all over Australia with the two finalists in each of the 12 categories flown to Melbourne to attend the dinner.
Successful NSW nominees were:
Community Cricket Club of the Year - Camden Cricket Club
Premier Cricket Club of the Year - Bankstown District Cricket Club
Ambassador of the Year - Ram Khanal (Albury Bhutanese Cricket Association)
Junior Cricket Champion of the Year - Deanne Hutt (Wakehurst Redbacks Cricket Club)
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Andrew Jones said “This is an apt reflection of the dedication and passion that all cricket volunteers in NSW have for growing grassroots cricket. Cricket NSW would like to thank all volunteers for their tireless devotion to making cricket Australia's favourite sport.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of cricket. I commend Cricket Australia for recognising their efforts with these awards and would like to thank every one of the many thousands who turned out each week in NSW during summer to ensure NSW had more participants than any other state.
“In particular I would like to congratulate Camden Cricket Club, Bankstown District Cricket Club, Ram Khanal from Albury Bhutanese Cricket Association and Deanne Hutt from Wakehurst Redbacks Cricket Club.”
The family oriented Camden Cricket Club (NSW) claimed the Community Cricket Club of the Year for their methods in supporting players of all ages and skill levels to become part of the club, whether through Milo In2CRICKET, MILO T20 Blast, mixed junior teams and senior teams.
Bankstown District Cricket Club (NSW) a club run entirely by volunteers took home Premier Cricket Club of the Year for their strong focus on diversity, inclusion and being a global citizen. They offer a suite of junior development and pathway programmes covering male, female and players with a disability. They also deliver tonnes of surplus cricket and other sporting equipment to Uganda each year.
Ram Khanal (Albury Bhutanese Cricket Association, NSW) a former refugee from Bhutan is this year’s Ambassador of the Year. Ram uses his love and passion for cricket to unite, empower, settle and integrate fellow refugee youth from across Australia into their new home.
The Junior Cricket Champion of the Year went to Deanne Hutt (Wakehurst Redbacks Cricket Club, NSW). Deanne currently holds down six distinct cricket volunteer roles with the Wakehurst Redbacks Cricket Club and the Manly Warringah Junior Cricket Association.