Nominate local sporting star in Blacktown City Sports Awards

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The Blacktown City Sports Awards are back again and Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM wants you to nominate a local sporting star.

Nominations are now open for the prestigious annual awards which recognise the achievements of sports enthusiasts both on and off the field.

“This year marks the 39th year of the Sports Awards, which have long celebrated the triumphs of our City’s sporting community,” Mayor Bleasdale said.

“Blacktown City has a proud sporting history and is the sporting capital of Western Sydney.

“Our City is home to many wonderful athletes of all ages and abilities, as well as amazing coaches, volunteers, officials and administrators who dedicate hours of their time to their teams and clubs.

“These awards pay tribute to these groups and individuals across 10 categories, including – Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Sports Official of the Year (Junior and Senior), Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Team of the Year, Club of the Year, Administrator of the Year and the Mayoral Shield.

“I encourage everyone to nominate a sporting hero they know in these highly-anticipated awards.”

Nominations are now open for the April 2021 – April 2022 period, with more than $9000 in cash prizes to be won.

Nominations close in April and a presentation for all finalists and nominees will be held in June.

Award Categories

Sportsperson of the Year – This award recognises athletes who have achieved outstanding results in respect to performance/s at a national or international level during the 2021/22 season.

Junior Sportsperson of the Year – This award recognises junior sport athletes who have achieved outstanding results in respect to performance/s at a national and/or international level during the 2021/22 competition season. The nominee must be younger than 17 years of age as of 1 April 2021.

Senior Sports Official of the Year – This award recognises exceptional contributions made by a Senior Sports Official (umpires, referees or judges) in the 2021/22 competition season, with a particular focus on those committed to improving community sport through fairness, integrity and making sport more welcoming and inclusive.

Junior Sports Official of the Year – This award recognises exceptional contributions made by a Junior Sports Official (umpires, referees or judges) in the 2021/22 competition season, with a particular focus on those committed to improving community sport through fairness, integrity and making sport more welcoming and inclusive. The nominee must be younger than 17 years of age as of 1 April 2022.

Coach of the Year – This award recognises the exceptional contribution made by a coach during 2021/22, either on or off the sporting field.

Volunteer of the Year – This category recognises the exceptional contribution made by a volunteer to Blacktown City sport or active recreation in 2021/22

Team of the Year – This award recognises a team that has achieved outstanding results in respect to their performance at a state, national and/or international level during the 2021/22 competition season.

Club of the Year – This award recognises a sporting club or organisation that has demonstrated a strong commitment to encourage and support participation in sport and active recreation including breaking down barriers that may be created by age, cultural diversity, ability, gender, religious belief or sexual orientation.

Administrator of the Year – Open to residents and/or sporting/recreational administrators who preside over the administrative affairs of a Blacktown City-based club/association and who have served in an elected capacity for a period of no less than 3 years.

Mayoral Shield – This award recognises an individual who has excelled at their club, has made an outstanding contribution to sport and is deemed to be an invaluable member of their club.

To nominate, and for more details, visit the website: https://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/Community/Awards-scholarships-and-competitions/Blacktown-City-Sports-Awards

Picture: Blacktown City Sportsperson of the Year in 2021, Koralee Catlett, centre, pictured with Deputy Mayor Brad Bunting, left, and President of Swimming Australia, Kieren Perkins OAM.

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