Six committed cricket volunteers have been named as finalists in the 2017 NSW Community Sports Awards, taking place on Thursday, 29 June, at Parliament House.
The annual awards recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of volunteers to community sport in NSW.
Andrew Jones, Cricket NSW CEO commented on the cricket volunteers who have shortlisted for the 2017 awards.
“We are very proud of the six cricket volunteers who are finalists this year.”
We are fortunate enough to have many thousands of dedicated volunteers from across the state, who passionately give of their time to bring cricket to life in their communities. They are the lifeblood of our sport and because of them we have 400,00 men and women, girls and boys of all ages participating in cricket around NSW.”
The six cricket finalists are:
- Matthew Clifton – Community Coach
Matthew is a volunteer with Recreation Sports and Aquatic Club, where he coaches athletes with disabilities. He has coached three athletes who were selected for the NSW/ACT Special Olympics team and has been selected as the Assistant Coach of the NSW Intellectual Disability team.
- Liam Dwyer – Young Coach
Liam has been a volunteer cricket coach for the past three years. This season he was instrumental in piloting the new formats for junior cricket with his team, the Hamilton Wickham U11’s, in the U11 competition. Liam was a key contributor, positively embracing the new format which is now being rolled out nationally across Australia, and proactively sharing his findings and feedback on the delivery.
- David Williams – Community Sports Administrator
David has been recognised for driving girls cricket at the Penrith Junior Cricket Association. As President of Springwood Cricket Club, Girls Coordinator for the Penrith Junior Cricket Association and coach of the Springwood U13 Girls Team, David has been involved in both the administration and implementation of the very successful Thunder Girls Cricket League for U/13s at Penrith Junior Cricket Association. This summer the league grew from four to six teams, and the number of female cricketers increased to the point where the Penrith Junior Cricket Association are able to field a representative team for the first time in a number of years. Under his charge, the Springwood Cricket Club also has the highest number of Entry Level participants in the Outer West region.
- West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Cricket Club – Community Club
The West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Cricket Club is a highly active and engaging club with over 276 volunteers which has been recognised for their hard work driving local community engagement and female cricket.
- Newcastle Social Women’s Cricket – Community Event
This brand new women’s social cricket competition took place on Sundays in Newcastle over a period of six weeks and attracted over 200 women to the sport. Run by volunteers, the administration included coordinating 20 new teams playing at three different venues over the six weeks, as well as ensuring that there were umpires and ground managers available at every ground. Promoting a family orientated and fun atmosphere, the league was a huge success.
- Gordon Browne – Distinguished Long Service
Gordon Browne, or “Bomber” as he is known to his friends, has been involved in cricket at Griffith for the past 60 years, serving the cricket community. He is a Life Member of Exies Cricket Club, Griffith District Cricket Association, Murrumbigee Cricket Council, the Riverina Cricket Zone and NSW County Cricket.