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WESTS SPORTS COUNCIL AWARDS

Celebrating our winners

WINNER Elite Sportsperson of the Year 2021

 

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.

WINNER Elite Sports team of the Year 2021

 

U10 Softball Campbelltown Representative Tee Ball team 

 

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 2021

 

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 2021

 

Rachel Eagles – 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 2021

 

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 2021

 

Taj Barrington – Softball Campbelltown

 

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 2021

 

Jaxon Colman – Macquarie Fields Swimming 

 

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

 

WINNER Elite Sportsperson of the Year 2020

 

 

Rory Southwell | Macarthur BMX

 

16 year old, Rory Southwell, was named the Wests Sports Council Elite Sports Person of the Year 2020  following a fantastic year which saw him overcome major injury, compete on the world stage and take home a suite of great wins and notable awards.

A fierce competitor on the BMX Track, Rory was nominated by Macarthur BMX following a very successful season in a very competitive age group filled with outstanding personal achievements.

 

Rory ticked of numerous sporting goals he set for himself, included that to defend his NSW state title win from the previous year, which he did giving him his third state title victory. Rory also came third in the Australian National and NSW Series respectively and took home 2nd and 3rd placements in several NSW open events.

 

Rory is getting to the top of his game. The winner of the Macarthur BMX Club Junior male rider of the year and South West Sydney academy of sport award for sportsperson of the year, a highlight was going on to represent Australia at the 2019 World BMX championships in Belgium. Rory is a passionate young rider with great determination and a worthy winner of the Elite Sports person of the year award.

 

“This is an honour and I would just like congratulate my fellow nominees on their outstanding achievements, and to thank Macarthur BMX and Wests Group Macarthur for all of their support,” stated an excited Rory upon accepting his award.

 

What amazing results Rory. A huge congrats on taking the big award!

WINNER Elite Sports team of the Year 2020

 

 

U14’S C&DNA Representative team

 

The U14’s Camden and Districts Netball team have built a strong bond and have a collective commitment and desire to achieve at a high standard every time. The team is made up of exceptional young players, many of whom have played together for over 2 years and features many who have been selected to represent Camden District Netball Association at the annual NSW State titles.

 

Achievements include placing third in the state in 2018 & 2019 and first in the 2019 C&DNA Representative carnival. Fantastic achievements for both the individuals and the team.

 

Representative Tracey Anderson comments “They have a great team dynamic, are disciplined, have a strong work ethic and want to perform well every time. They should be so proud and are outstanding role models for any other young female athletes.”

 

You guys epitomise what it means to be a team! Well done to you all!

WINNER Spirit of Sport 2020

 

 

Peter Phillips – Ingleburn RSL Softball Club

 

Peter Phillips has been a member of Ingleburn RSL Softball Club for 4 years and within those 4 years he has dedicated his time to coaching, umpiring, and inspiring the players.

 

In addition to being involved on the field as a coach and umpire,  Peter is a valued member of the ground crew team, giving up countless hours to ensure the ground is in perfect condition and well maintained and that the ground is marked and game ready every time. Peter is known for being one of the first at the ground in the early hours of game days and one of the last people to leave that evening. Peter is the coach of the U8’s Tee-ball team  and acts as Umpire across up to 3 other matches most weeks, even playing within his own game of softball through the day. Peter shows a true commitment to the team, our field and the game overall having a great impact and involvement in all aspects of our sport.

 

Runner Up: Spirit of Sport- Fred Furner – Macarthur BMX

WINNER Senior Sportsperson 2020

 

 

Jack McGrath – Group 6 Referees

 

Jack McGrath was destined to be a great young referee. He begun refereeing with Group 6 in 2014, and in that year won Runner Up Rookie of the Year in Group 6 and was appointed U14A touch line Referee in the Grand Final.

 

In the years that followed and amongst other achievements, Jack was selected for the Canterbury Referees Exchange and Immortals Cup Semi Final Referee, was a Grand Final Touch Judge and has been in various Grand final Centre appointments. He was also chosen to represent in the CRL Development Squad.

 

In 2018, Jack took his refereeing to the next level, appointed to his initial First Reserve Grade Centre, and selected to participate in the NRL High Performance Academy. Jack was able to cap off an excellent year winning the International Referee of the year 2018 and the most prestigious award in Group 6, the Brett Meredith Award.

 

The 2019 season was another great year for Jack and saw him selected in the NRL Emerging Talent Academy and the CRL Junior Representative Squad.

 

He is currently refereeing reserve grade in Group 6, a role he tackles with a strong commitment and has developed his skill from a fresh 14-year-old referee to an accomplished young adult referee who will no doubt progress to the top.

 

Runner Up: Senior Sportsperson of the Year – Karen Lake – Macarthur Triathlon Club                                                                     

WINNER Sports team of the year 2020

 

 

Division 6 Campbelltown Thunder Netball Club

 

The Campbelltown Thunder Netball club has one every game they have played this year! Having played together since 2017, the 2019 Season saw the original team together once again, deciding this was the year  to push themselves and walk away winners – together! Undefeated minor premiers in 2018, the team had set their sights early on the same achievement in 2019 even placing themselves 2 divisions higher.

Whilst the success has been the highlight of the season, these ladies have been faced with some adversity with several injuries over the season including hand, shoulder and hamstring injuries but have pushed on.

“We don’t let these injuries get us down though, we just continue to rally behind each to other more determined for the win each game, for each other”

The team have a great attitude, encouraging each other, having fun, and backing each other on and off the court every week. The strong bond between the players and ability to read each other helps them anticipate where the pass needs to be in attack and where the opposition will move to when defending. They all help each other to move the ball from one end of the court to the other and apply whole court defence that has proven to be a winning formula.

These ladies from the Division 6 Team are the true epitome of what it means to be a team.

Runner Up: Sports Team of the Year – George Rider Cup Team – Tennis Macarthur                                                  

WINNER Youth Sportsperson of the year (12-16YR) 2020

 

 

Andrew Salian – Magpies Cricket Club

 

Batter and Bowler, Andrew Salian has had a fantastic year continuing his tremendous form from the season prior. In the 2018-2019 season, Andrew took home the season’s Best Batting average & aggregate and was awarded the Magpies Cricket Club Under 12-15 Player of the Year. He also won the Best Batting award at the CDCA Junior District Awards.

Playing in the Under 14 cricket team this season, Andrew’s batting has been exceptional with a season average of 420 and scoring 3 Centuries not out in 4 innings.

However it is not only his batting that is impressive, he has produced fantastic results from his bowling and fielding taking averaging 15 runs per wicket and boasting an economy rate of 2.4 runs per over as well as taking 3 catches over the season.

In the plate semi-final he continued his great form batting a top score of 79, taking one wicket and one catch and in taking 3 wickets for 4 runs & 1 catch in the grand final.

He is an impressive young player who not only has had outstanding performance year on year, he always shows a great spirit for playing and supporting his teammates.

 

Runner Up: Youth Sportsperson of the Year (12 – 16yrs) Jack McWilliams – Camden Valley Basketball Association

WINNER Junior Sportsperson of the year (U 12) 2020

 

Alexandra Northdufter – Mt Annan Swim Club

 

9-year old, Alexandra is described as “a little pocket rocket”. A member of Mount Annan Swim Club for the past 3 years, Alex is an outstanding swimmer, training 3-4 days a week in the development Squad team and seriously kicking goals in the water under Head Coach Joe Grant.

 

Having recently competed in the Metro South West Short Course Championships, Alexandra took part in 9 events absolutely smashing her personal best times each time.  Alex took home a suite of wins including first in under 100m backstroke, second in the 100m freestyle, second in the 100m breaststroke and second in the 100m butterfly and was also a part of freestyle and medley relay teams, placing second and third in these events. To top her fantastic results in that competition, Alex achieved 6 Short Couse State record times for the 10 and under girls age group.

 

Alex now holds State times in the 50m butterfly and breaststroke events as well as the 100m backstroke, freestyle, butterfly, and breaststroke events.  Alex will be competing in these events later this year in September at the Junior Age State Short Course Championships.

 

Mt Annan Swim Club credits Alex with improving every time she enters the water and for being a determined, focused and dedicated young lady and for being humble & gracious of all her achievements.

 

Runner Up: Junior Sportsperson of the Year (U12) – Jaxon Colman – Macquarie Fields Swimming Club