Orange District Junior Cricket Association has been named as the Cricket Association of the Year at the second annual ‘A Sport for All Community Cricket Awards’ at the Junction Oval in Melbourne on Thursday night.
The Cricket Australia event was another important recognition of the volunteers within the broader cricket community during National Volunteer Week.
The awards, held in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank, celebrated the incredible contribution to the game of cricket by its volunteers, clubs and associations.
The ODJCA was acknowledged for their work in creating a sustainable pathway for boys’ and girls’ cricket in the Central West region of New South Wales.
The Association has helped to reduce the barrier to participation in cricket by implementing a primary schools grant program.
Schools in the surrounding area can apply to the ODJCA for a grant to help subsidise registration for students, upgrade facilities or purchase kits for school children to play. The program has seen over $15,000 provided to local schools.
The Cricket Association of the Year was among 12 awards presented on the night with the two finalists in each category selected from award recipients in each Australian State and Territory.
Three representatives of the NSW cricket community were acknowledged as runners-up.
Phil Jenkins was runner-up in the Community Coach of the Year category for his work at the junior level of the game with the Thunder Girls Cricket League in Wagga Wagga.
Temora Junior Cricket Association was credited in second place for the Cricket Australia Junior Cricket Program Award.
Rod Ursem was likewise runner-up for the Cricket Australia Junior Cricket Champion of the Year awarded for his advocacy of junior cricket with the Kincumber-Avoca Cricket Club.
Executive General Manager of Community Cricket at Cricket Australia, and one of the greats of Australian Women’s Cricket and the Lendlease Breakers, Belinda Clark, praised the thousands of volunteers involved at all levels of cricket across the nation.
“Volunteers are at the heart of community sport and cricket is lucky to be the sport of choice for many volunteers. They make our sport better every day, by simply providing opportunities for people to play,” said Clark on Thursday night.
“Our award winners are fine examples of people going the extra mile, it was hard for the selection panel to choose these winners from such strong fields of community minded Australians who love cricket.
“We thank and acknowledge all our volunteers and congratulate tonight’s winners.”
2018 'A Sport for All' Award Winners
Community Ambassador of the Year:
Sam Atukorala (VIC)
Community Facility Project of the Year:
Sheffield Cricket Club (TAS)
Community Official of the Year:
Ron Buchholz (QLD)
Partner Organisation of the Year:
New Horizons Club (TAS)
Community Cricket Coach of the Year:
Darrel Forrest (QLD)
Premier Cricket Club of the Year:
Adelaide University Cricket Club (SA)
Junior Cricket Program of the Year:
Souths Junior Cricket Club (QLD)
Junior Cricket Champion of the Year:
Rob Bailey (QLD)
Community Cricket Initiative of the Year:
Ballardong Cricket Academy (WA)
Cricket Association of the Year:
Orange District Junior Cricket Association (NSW)
Community Club of the Year:
Edinburgh Cricket Club (VIC)
Volunteer of the Year:
Jason Schmidt (TAS)
Recognition of Service:
Ross Gregory and Donna Dalby