Twelve groups, organisations and individuals from across metropolitan and rural NSW have been nominated for the Cricket Australia ‘A Sport for All’ Awards.

The nominations were Cricket NSW winners for each category of the ‘A Sport for All’ Awards which recognise leaders of Community Cricket and the great work volunteers do to grow the love of cricket across NSW.

The Cricket Australia winners are scheduled to be announced next week during National Volunteer Week.

The winner of each category will be announced online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Match Official of the Year – Bruce Wood

Bruce Wood is a highly respected umpire who has umpired in the Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai area for the past 19 years.

Currently, Mr Wood is a member of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai & Hills District Cricket Umpires’ Association Executive Committee. He has umpired more than 500 official cricket matches and, for the past 4 years, has been the coordinator of the Combined Associated Schools schoolboy umpiring.

 

Community Coach of the Year – Catherine Wood

Catherine Wood, a current Bush Breaker, is the Cricket Albury Wodonga Female Coordinator and representative coach across several age groups and levels in the Riverina region of southern NSW.

Ms Wood was the Border Bullets coach for the inaugural T20 NSW Women’s Regional Bash this season, Woolworths Cricket Blast Coordinator for the Corowa Cricket Club and one of 27 female ambassadors invited to attend the Cricket Australia Female Coach Project. She also umpires locally within Albury-Wodonga.

 

Club of the Year – Moree Junior Cricket Club

Last season, Moree Junior Cricket Club had in excess of 150 participants in programs from the Woolworths Junior Blaster through to more developed junior formats.

From a population base of 7,400 for Moree in northern NSW, participants represented more than 2% of the local community.

Through a committed group of volunteers, the programs emphasise a fun, supportive and inclusive environment, while increasing the skills base of children involved.

 

Young Community Leader – Danielle Chivers

At 15, Danielle Chivers is very much seen as a role model for young cricketers.

Danielle, who plays Second Grade for Northern District in McDonald's NSW Women’s Premier Cricket, is a passionate volunteer. She has coached at a number of community initiatives including several school holiday programs in the West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook area, the Blowfly Cricket All Abilities Program and also umpires social cricket.

 

Women and Girls Initiative of the Year – Dubbo Junior Girls Cricket Initiative

Dubbo Junior Girls Cricket was the biggest girls only Woolworths Cricket Blast program run in South West NSW last season.

The competition attracted over 80 girls each week during the Term 4, six-week competition. It was run parallel to the Dubbo Primary School Girls PSSA competition which had 20 teams participating.

Coordinator Lisa Hunt was a critical person to the success of the program.

Technology and Media Initiative of the Year – Manning River District Cricket

To overcome previous difficulties with the MyCricket scoring system, Manning River District Cricket Association made a significant investment in 14 tablets and power banks.

Prior to the season, with the help of Cricket NSW, the MRDCA conducted a ‘MyCricket Live Score’ Training session attended by over 50 volunteers connected to junior and senior clubs across the Manning River area.

This led to at least 86% of junior and senior matches being electronically scored using the MyCricket application.

Inclusion and Diversity Initiative of the Year – LGBTI+ Tamworth Rainbow Cricket

Tamworth held its first LGBTQI cricket competition over four weeks during late 2019.

The Rainbow Sixers competition was open to those aged 18 and above with the vision of creating a safe, fun, social environment while learning a new game. When outdoor cricket was cancelled, organisers moved the cricket indoors to allow play to continue.

There are hopes to expand into a regional competition after the success of the inaugural season.

Cricket in Schools – Baulkham Hills North Public School

Baulkham Hills North Public School actively engages in a number of Cricket Australia programs which staff have self-delivered for many years.

The school runs the four-week Mascot Challenge where students develop fundamental motor skills like catching, throwing and bouncing. The Woolworths Cricket Blast Health & Physical Education Program, and participation in Woolworths School Cups, also form a key part of the engagement.

Baulkham Hills North has won the regional Gala Day two years in a row.

Indoor Facility of the Year – Macleay Indoor Sports and Development Centre

The Macleay Indoor Sports and Development Centre is a multi-purpose facility based on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

The centre boasts a two-lane court facility and several squash courts designed with the wider community in mind.

MISDC as it is commonly known locally, offers multiple structured competitions, school programs and initiatives, structured training and development for high performance athletes, community and coach education, and several inclusive events.

Community Partnership of the Year – Coffs Harbour City Council

Coffs Harbour City Council have worked closely with Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW and the Sydney Sixers to ensure its International Stadium suits the future needs for regional cricket content.

This resulted in the first ever Big Bash League match on the Coffs Coast in January when the Sixers defeated the Adelaide Strikers before 9,834 people.

The Council has also worked on several local projects to ensure cricket participation can continue to grow, involving fields and facilities that are fit for use.

Junior Cricket Initiative of the Year – Mossgiel Cricket Blast

Mossgiel is a small town of 42 people located 50 kilometres southeast of Ivanhoe in Far West NSW.

This season the Mossgiel Community Hall group decided to create a Woolworths Blast Program for local children, many of whom attend small schools or School of the Air.

Due to the wind and dust, it was sometimes held indoors in the local hall.

During a time of severe drought, the program was very beneficial mentally, socially and physically for the children, and their families.

Association of the Year – Young District Cricket Association

With a completely new committee in 2019/20, Young District Cricket Association in South Western NSW was able to increase Junior Cricket Blast participants by 50%.

Young Cricket also held a Pink Stumps Day for mental health awareness and maintained a 100% presence in schools across the region greatly assisted by its partnership with the local Woolworths to support School Gala Days and Cricket Blast programs.

Cricket NSW wishes to congratulate all winners and best of luck for the National Awards later in May!

Cricket NSW Winners and National Nominees:

Community Match Official of the Year – Bruce Wood

Community Coach of the Year – Catherine Wood

Club of the Year – Moree Junior Cricket Club

Young Community Leader – Danielle Chivers

Women and Girls Initiative of the Year – Dubbo Junior Girls Cricket Initiative

Technology and Media Initiative of the Year – Manning River District Cricket

Inclusion and Diversity Initiative of the Year – LGBTI + Tamworth Rainbow Cricket

Cricket in Schools – Baulkham Hills North Public School

Indoor Facility of the Year – Macleay Indoor Sports and Development Centre

Community Partnership of the Year – Coffs Harbour City Council

Junior Cricket Initiative of the Year – Mossgiel Cricket Blast

Association of the Year – Young District Cricket Association