A passionate individual and an inspiring team within the Thunder Nation have been shortlisted for the 2019 NSW Community Sports Awards.
The awards recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of volunteers in community sport throughout New South Wales.
Community Sport Administrator of the Year - Cameron Laurie
Cameron Laurie has administered grassroots programs throughout the Parramatta district for a number of years.
He is an active committee member of the Winston Hills Cricket Club, a board member of the Parramatta District Cricket Association and an umpire.
Laurie also takes on additional administration and leadership roles at Winston Hills.
The club grew from six junior teams in 2017/18 to 12 last season. His passionate advocacy of female cricket also saw the creation of two junior female teams playing in the Parramatta Thunder Girls Cricket League.
He engaged other club members and parents as volunteers to ensure that programs ran smoothly in roles such as leading groups, organising and setting up equipment, the barbeque and canteen. This supported the club philosophy that participation and involvement ensure a strong sense of belonging.
Laurie also administered the organisation of the club Year Book and trophies for the Annual Presentation event.
He has been outstanding as a mentor to the current Junior Secretary. His generosity of time and extensive knowledge has been invaluable.
Community Team of the Year - Pendle Hill Colts Cricket Club U13 Thunder Girls Cricket League Team
The first ever all-female Pendle Hill Colts cricket team participated in the inaugural Parramatta District Cricket Association Under 13 Thunder Girls Cricket League last season.
The team consisted of eight girls ranging in age from 10-13 years old, seven of whom were new to the game, playing their first season of club cricket.
The girls played two shorter seasons, a nine-week Spring season and eight-week Summer season. Over both seasons, the team did not lose a single game they played.
They were the only team in the Parramatta district to achieve this. The team were awarded their champion medallions at a special medal ceremony at Spotless Stadium in January.
Their performance has encouraged other clubs in the local community to seek opportunities to foster, promote and support female cricket.
Pendle Hill Colts consistently displayed a positive culture representing fairness, safety, and inclusiveness. This applied to their training, club events, encouraging each other, showing respect to umpires and their opposition, as well as older players providing guidance for their younger team mates.
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