2012 Community Sport and Recreation Awards
Community sporting champions recognised
The Sunshine Heights Cricket Club has taken out top honours at Victorian Government’s 2012 Community Sport and Recreation Awards.
Announced at a special ceremony at the MCG, the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty said the Club was one of nine outstanding examples of the power of community sport to bring people together.
“I’m delighted to present the Sunshine Heights Cricket Club with the 2012 Minister’s Award for its dedication to breaking down financial, transportation and cultural barriers in order to get local people from all walks of life involved in the game of cricket,” Mr Delahunty said.
The Sunshine Heights Cricket Club received an engraved glass trophy and $5000, and winners of the other eight categories each received a trophy and $3000. Finalists received $1000.
The winners and finalists of the Victorian Government’s 2012 Community Sport and Recreation Awards are:
Minister’s Award – Sunshine Heights Cricket Club.
- Community Sporting Club of the Year
Winner: Charlton Basketball Association
Finalists: Golden Square Football & Netball Club
Lalbert St. Mary’s Football & Netball Club
- Community Participation Award
Winner: South West Sport
Finalists: Dandenong Streetlighters Football Club
Dragons Abreast Peninsula Dragonflys
- Young Sportsperson of the Year
Winner: Obaidullah Jamshidi, North Geelong Running Club
Finalists: Ben Dixon, Southern Fusion Netball Club
Tiffany Brodie, South Group Indoor Bias Bowls Association
- Senior Sportsperson of the Year
Winner: Maria Greco, Kyabram Italian Social Bocce Club
Finalists: Merv Grinstead, Twin City Archers Gippsland
William McLaren, Port Fairy Cycling Club
- Service to Sport and Active Recreation Award
Winner: Kevin “Jumbo” Anderson, Donald Recreation Reserve and Donald Community Sporting Clubs
Finalists: Sandy Frame, South Melbourne
David Axford, Warragul Basketball Association
- Diversity Award
Winner: Mazenod Panthers Football Club
Finalists: Sunshine Heights Western Tigers Soccer Club
- Local Sporting Hero of the Year
Winner: Illias Maravas, Highett West Cricket Club
Finalists: Gus Johnston, Essendon Hockey Club
Sammy Rachele, Koryo Taekwondo Centre Shepparton
- Community Coach of the Year
Winner: Brian Ford, Traralgon Swimming Club
Finalists: David Green, South Coast Athletics & Leongatha Little Athletics
Peter Schuwalow, Mt Eliza
The awards are supported by major sponsors, Deakin University, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and AFL Victoria, and associate sponsors, MSAC Institute of Training, Football Federation Victoria and Netball Victoria.