Cricket NSW has kicked off National Volunteer Week (May 16-22) by congratulating four NSW finalists in Cricket Australia’s Community Cricket Awards.

The awards, that will be streamed on Cricket Australia’s Facebook and YouTube pages on May 19 from 7pm, celebrate the vast contribution of volunteers as well as the many ground-breaking programs and initiatives that have helped enhance the experience of players across Australia.

Nominations from every state have been narrowed down to two finalists in 13 categories and the contenders have all displayed excellence in fields ranging from administration to coaching to leadership and left a lasting impression in their areas.

The NSW finalists are:

·       West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook Cricket Club (NSW) for the Women and Girls Initiative of the Year (Celebrating the outstanding delivery of female-based experiences by finding clever or innovative ways to engage and grow their program)

·       Bega Angledale Cricket Club (NSW/ACT) for the Community Cricket Club of the Year (A community cricket club that actively creates welcoming environments and seeks to create sustainable participation and growth through good governance, volunteer support and inclusive on field programs.)

·       Mechelle Hare (NSW) for the Inclusion and Diversity Initiative of the Year (Acknowledging the outstanding delivery of diverse and inclusive experiences by finding clever and innovative ways to engage and grow offerings.)

·       Aaron Hagenbach (NSW/ACT) for the Technology and Media Initiative of the Year (An individual, club or association who has used technology to create connection to its members, whether by reducing volunteer time, connecting members through social media, or enhancing participant experience.)

Cricket NSW General Manager of Community Cricket Experience, Joanne Scanlon, said the four finalists typified the hard work, passion and innovation shown by the cricket community’s volunteer base.

“Everyone who was nominated for these awards demonstrated a great community spirit and love for the sport and these four finalists really exemplify what’s so good about our volunteers and the clubs that they work so hard for,” she said.

“We offer them the heartiest of congratulations and in a week like National Volunteers Week, where we recognise all of the wonderful volunteer contributors to our game, it is even more special.

“We wish both clubs, Mechelle and Aaron the best of luck in the final judging but regardless of the result, we want to once again thank them, and indeed every volunteer that gives so selflessly to our cricket community.”

For a full list of finalists across all 13 categories, CLICK HERE