Service to Sport, Bankstown Sports Club, associated sporting clubs
The Grand Ballroom was last night transformed into an authentic German Brauhaus for our annual Service to Sport Medal and Awards night, to honour our volunteers and celebrate the success of our associated sporting clubs, both on and off the field. Guests were treated to a 3-course German feast, our limited-edition Basement Brewhouse Helles Biere, and entertainment from Alpen Akustik.
Our first award of the night was for Community Engagement through Sport and Recreation, which went to Birrong Sports Football Club. This club has revitalised their relationship with local schools through community gala days and competitions, and helped to revamp Jim Ring Reserve. They have also managed to increase their player numbers by 250 per cent in recent years.
James ‘Brownie’ Brown from the Bankstown Sports Cycling Club took our Young Club Person of the Year award for his dedication to coaching junior members. Brownie has increased junior participation at the club by 300 per cent in recent years and gives up a lot of his time to mentor young cyclists. He is also now developing his skills as an event organiser and MC, and is a regular presenter at club and state events.
Our Volunteer of the Year Award went to John Webbey, who has been involved with Birrong Sports Football Club for 17 years. John coaches several teams and coordinates all junior football at the club, and is also an active member of the club’s board and organising committee. He has also been a key factor in boosting player numbers.
Our final award went to Baulkham Hills Hockey Club who were named Club of the Year for their outstanding work with the local community, their ambition to achieve good results in our GOAL program, their development of junior players through to senior ranks, their commitment to volunteer recruitment and development, and for their successful umpiring program which now sees them provide umpiring support to other clubs and schools.
We also recognised several other volunteers for their contribution to their chosen sports. 15-year-old Jessica Boulais from Bankstown Sports Netball Club and 26-year-old Keeley Allen from Birrong Sports Netball Club not only play for their clubs, but also give up their time to coach and umpire games every week. Jenny Stone from the Bankstown Sports Strikers is still volunteering at the club, even though her two children no longer play there, and Michael Clunie from Bankstown Sports Tennis Club has navigated his members through some pretty turbulent times, but has managed to bring them out on top.
It was then time to acknowledge those volunteers who have gone above and beyond for our clubs for over 20 years, with our Service to Sport Medals. Our first recipient was David Campbell who has been the president of the Baulkham Hills Men’s Hockey Club for 27 years, and has been one of the main instigators in driving its success.
Keith Vallis was also presented a medal for his involvement with Baulkham Hills sporting clubs for more than 50 years. He has generously given up his time for the local cricket and football divisions, before becoming a founding director of the licensed club.
Marcus Kearns was our next recipient, and he was acknowledged for his service to Bankstown Sports Men’s Bowling Club. He has been a member there since 1985 and has held several committee positions, while also acting as a mentor for new members and guests.
And finally, Hugh Davey was recognised for his 34-year support of Bankstown Sports Golf Club. He has been an active member since he joined in 1982, organising games, preparing golf cards for every single member, and helping to prepare start and results sheets.
Congratulations to all of our richly deserving medal and award recipients. We look forward to seeing you back again next year!