Sport NSW has celebrated National Volunteer Week with the announcement of the 2021 NSW Community Sports Awards finalists.

Cricket fared extremely well with four finalists across the ten categories after over 150 nominations were submitted, recognising the outstanding achievements and contributions of community coaches, officials, administrators and organisations over the past year.

Rising Tamworth umpire Lauren McGill is in the Young Official of the Year final, while the Hunter region’s Aaron Gray is a finalist for the Community Sport Administrator of the Year.

Blowfly Cricket’s extraordinary teenager Jordan Jones is in contention for the Young Coach of the Year. Jones is also a finalist in the Cricket Australia Community Cricket Awards in the Young Leader of the Year category.

The Newcastle Cricket Zone Men’s Opens Team are in line for the Community Team of the Year.

Sport NSW also announced the recipients of the prestigious Distinguished Long Service Awards for those that have given exceptional service to their sport for over 25 years and that esteemed list includes Toronto Workers District Cricket Club Grahame Jenkinson.

The winners of the awards will be revealed at a special ceremony on Thursday, June 17.

The presentation ceremony will be hosted by the Hon. Dr Geoff Lee MP, Acting Minister for Sport, who will also present the recipients of the Sport NSW Distinguished Long Service Award with special recognition for their exceptional service to sport.