Stars of local sport celebrated with 23rd Annual Wests Sports Council Awards
Wests Group Macarthur is thrilled to announce the winners of the Wests Sports Council 23rd Annual Sports Awards, with each winner recognised for their outstanding contributions to grassroots sport, sporting accomplishments and sporting spirit.
The Wests Sports Council supports 30 sporting clubs and associations within the Macarthur region a way to recognise individual and teams’ achievements, commitment, and contribution to local sport.
The Council is an integral part of Wests Group Macarthur’s commitment to sport in the region and aims; “to create simple pathways for community access to affordable and well-administered sporting opportunities to a network of sporting clubs and associations”.
Despite a disruptive year for grassroots sport, Wests Sports Council selected winners from hundreds of monthly nominations featuring stories of great skill, achievement, and sportsmanship.
Whilst there was no annual presentation dinner it did not ruin the celebration with the awards handed out to both elite and category winners in a small ceremony by Wests Group Directors Stephen Stewart and Paul Lake.
WINNER Elite Sports Person of the Year – Tanveer Sangha Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club
Pictured: Director Stephen Stewart Tanveer Sangha, winner of the Elite Sports Person of the Year Director Stephen Stewart & Martin Bullock
Tanveer Sangha, aged 19 has been named Elite Sports Person of the year, nominated by Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club for his passion, drive and extraordinary talent. A local junior player from Ingleburn RSL Cricket Club, Tanveer joined the Ghosts Junior Development Academy as a young teenager and quickly progressed through the grades of the CCDCC to be an integral part of the Club’s 1st Grade Team in NSW Premier Cricket competition.
The award follows an exceptional couple of years whereby Tanveer’s talents were recognised by Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia’s pathways and high-performance coaches. In just the last two years, the talented leg spin bowler has been selected for the BBL team Sydney Thunder, the Australian Under 19’s, the ICC Under 19 World Cup in South Africa, and was selected in the NSW Blues squad.
Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club President Jason Ellsmore commented “Tanveer’s exceptional ability has been fostered by his inherent love for the game and his ability to practice for hours at both Raby and Ingleburn. He deserves credit for what he has achieved so far and his recognition at such a young age by both CNSW and Australian selectors indicates he has an exciting future”.
Tanveer has a lot of support in the region and is noted as being an outstanding role model for the local multicultural community.
Tanveer remains modest thanking Wests for “the incredible support of Wests and honour of being awarded the Wests Sports council Elite sportsperson of the year”.
Tanveer is a passionate young cricketer destined for an incredible career and a worthy winner of the Elite Sports Person of the Year award.
Elite Sports Team of the Year – U10 Softball Campbelltown Representative Tee ball Team
Pictured: Wests Group Macarthur Directors Stephen Stewart and Paul Lake with Elite Sports Team of the Year – U10 Softball Campbelltown Representatives Tee Ball Team Primrose DeJesus, Kaliciah Holden Netane, Storm Jeffs, Annie Hawthorne, Bridget Baldwin, Torah Gordon, Sioi Mataele, Denzel Paratainga, Riley Purdey, Tyrese Saunders, Lyell Walker
Softball Campbelltown’s U10 Representative Tee ball team has had a fantastic year competing at the U10 State Championships (Boys) held on the Central Coast back in March. Representing Campbelltown in Tee Ball, not only did the team show great persistence and sportsmanship, they went undefeated for the first time in Softball Campbelltown’s history – winning all 8 games in a row.
The incredible team went onto win the grand final in what was a nail-biting, awe-inspiring event, beating Georges River 15-14 and walking away with the 10’s State Title – the first state win since 2014.
The team is being recognised not only for their results on the pitch but their commitment and support of each other with each member bringing varying levels of skill, ability, and experience.
The Under 10’s worked really hard for this achievement and should be very proud of their efforts.
Winner – Spirit of Sport – Samantha Mortimer – East Campbelltown Eagles Netball Club
Pictured: Winner of Spirit of sport award Samantha Mortimer – East Campbelltown Eagles Netball Club
Samantha Mortimer has been a part of East Campbelltown Eagles Netball Club for over 22 years and proud Life Member since 2012.
Her passion for netball over the years has seen her play in the senior side, coach junior teams, and hold the position of Club Umpires’ Convenor – a role she has done with enthusiasm and commitment despite being a busy mother with a demanding job outside of netball.
Following a recent knee injury Sam has become an integral part of the coaching team – coaching at least one team each year at Club level. Sam currently holds the position of Coaching Co-ordinator and is coaching Campbelltown District Netball Association Team 3 in the Netball NSW Metro League competition and the development squad.
Sam is the spirit of sport personified!
Runner Up: Spirit of Sport- Cheryl Brain – Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club
WINNER Senior Sportsperson of the Year – Rachel Eagles – Macarthur Triathlon Club
Pictured: Wests Group Macarthur Director Paul Lake with Senior Sportsperson of the Year Rachel Eagles of Macarthur Triathlon.
Rachel Eagles is one of Macarthur’s best female triathletes and a seasoned international competitor. After an extended break due to injury, 2021 was a great return to form for Rachel – recent winner of the 2020-21 NSW Long Distance Triathlon Championship and long time representative of Macarthur Triathlon Club.
Rachel dominated her age group at the recent Huskisson Triathlon – one of the biggest races and heavily attended race meet on the national calendar. Her results were stellar – winning by some 7 minutes over the 1.9km swim/90km bike/21.1km run. 3rd out of the water, Rachel powered through on the bike to take a lead she never relinquished.
A big congratulations to Rachel Eagles and Macarthur Triathlon.
Runner Up: Senior Sportsperson of the Year – Tim Whawell – Group 6 Referees
WINNER Sports Team of the Year – U18 Boys Wests-Easts – Wests Hockey Club
Pictured: Winner of Sports team of the Year – U18 Boys Wests-Easts – Wests Hockey Club
The U18 Boys have play as though they have been playing together for years. After being knocked out of the semi of the 2019 season, the Under 18 Boys picked themselves up and set their sights on the premiership for 2020 and had an incredible season, winning 7 out of 7 games and securing the minor premiership.
Coaches Toni and Damien did an amazing job coaching them into a structured game and have built a culture of enthusiasm for the sport amongst the players who have developed an exceptional showcase of skills and great camaraderie.
Not only have the boys had incredible results as a team, but they also served as great role models to the juniors both on and off the field, many of the boys arriving early to training to help coach the younger teams.
They should be very proud of their achievements and are the true epitome of what it means to be a team.
Runner Up: Sports Team of the Year – Senior 9th Grade – Magpies Cricket Club
WINNER Youth Sportsperson of the Year (12 – 16yrs) – Taj Barrington – Ingleburn RSL Softball Club/Softball Campbelltown
Pictured: Wests Group Macarthur Director Paul Lake with Youth Sportsperson of the year Taj Barrington
Taj Barrington has been playing teeball and softball for over seven years and has represented Softball Campbelltown at State Championships for the last five years. A skilled and dedicated player, Taj is known for his exceptional skills, sportsmanship and great attitude on and off the pitch.
Taj used the recent off-season to improve his skills and undergo additional training for the position of Catcher. Throughout this training Taj was noticed by selectors and invited to U14 NSW State Camp and went onto the U14 NSW Metro team followed by the South West Sydney Academy of Sport for Softball.
Taj is always giving back to the game outside of juggling SWSAS training. Not only does Taj take part in extra club and catcher training, but he also helps to train the U8 team, is involved in the Blues In Training Umpire Program and frequently volunteers his time at the grounds and tournaments.
Taj’s dedication to his sport makes him a worthy recipient of the Youth Sportsperson of the Year award. Well done Taj!
Runner Up: Youth Sportsperson of the Year (12 – 16yrs) Rishab Luthra – Magpies Cricket Club
WINNER Junior Sportsperson of the Year (U12) –Jaxon Coleman – Macquarie Fields Swimming Club
Pictured: Wests Sports Council Director Paul Lake with Jaxon Colman – Macquarie Fields Swimming Club
Jaxon has been in the pool since he was a baby and been part of Macquarie fields swimming club for many years. This exceptional young swimmer has proven to be a force in the pool.
Earlier in the year, Jaxon was awarded the Gold Standard in the Swimming Australia bio island Australian Junior Excellence Awards – a program that recognises, rewards, and encourages junior swimmers who, through their development of aquatic skills and fitness, achieve a high standard of swimming excellence.
Qualifying in the event was not easy but Jaxon nailed it – swimming Tier 1 times in two or more specified long course events. Jaxon has a bright future ahead in the pool.
Runner Up: Junior Sportsperson of the Year (U12) – Brody Willmott – Macarthur BMX
Stephen Stewart, Director of the Wests Sports Council says, “It is so rewarding year after year to meet the exceptional sporting talent from our region and celebrate those individuals and teams as well as the clubs that foster them in our Wests Sports Council program.”
In addition to the award’s program, Wests Group Macarthur also provides a substantial amount of funding each year towards the ongoing success of each member club.
For more on the Wests Sports Council and Wests Group commitment to being the Home of Sport visit www.westslc.com.au/Sport.