Hunter Hurricanes junior sides competed at the 2018 National Aged Club Championships held across Easter in Canberra and Albury-Wodonga, coming away with some valuable experience.
The boys under 14’s and 18’s divisions were held in Canberra, along with the under 18’s girls, while the under 14’s girls made the long trip to the state border.
Best of the four sides was the 14’s girls who finished in 7th position after defeating Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers 6-3 in a penalty shootout in their final game.
In Canberra, the Hurricanes 14’s boys, were the competition’s Plate runner-up but ran 10th overall.
The 18’s girls finished in 8th place and the young 18’s boys side ended their tournament in 13th position.
Hurricanes 18’s girls player Kate Hughes was awarded the individual ‘Think, Act, Play’ Sportsmanship Medal.
Sport NSW have opened nominations for the NSW Community Sports Awards.
The annual program recognises outstanding achievements and contributions to community sport from officials and clubs throughout the state.
As it turns out, there hasn’t been a winner from the Hunter in any award category for quite a few years.
The categories are:
Community Official of the Year; Young Official of the Year; Community Coach of the Year; Young Coach of the Year; Community Sport Administrator of the Year; Volunteer Director of the Year; Community Team of the Year; Community Club of the Year; Community Event of the Year; and Distinguished Long Service Award, which recognises a contribution over 25 years or more.
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Sport NSW CEO Darren Simpson said clubs or associations must contact their sport’s peak body in order to make a nomination.
“The way it works, it’s one nomination per sport,” Mr Simpson said. “When a club has decided who they want to nominate, they just need to get it endorsed by their peak body.”
Mr Simpson said endorsement by a peak body ensures there is fair representation of all sports in each category, rather than many nominations from a single sport.
“This has the young part and senior part as well,” he said. “The younger ones in particular, they really are people at the grass roots level who see these awards coming up and knock on the door above them to say ‘hey, you really need to know about this young person they’re doing a great job’.
“The association can make sure the nomination is endorsed by a peak body.”
The awards are presented by the NSW Minister for Sport at Parliament House.
Nominations close on Sunday, May 6. Further info can be found on the Sport NSW website.
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