The winners of the inaugural Boroondara Sports Awards have been announced in a video presentation ceremony.
The new awards support Council’s vision that everyone in Boroondara, regardless of their circumstances, should have opportunities to actively participate in sport and recreation activities.
The awards recognise the significant role sports clubs play in enhancing the community’s health and wellbeing, increasing participation in physical activity and fostering social connections.
A total of 43 nominations were received across 6 award categories, celebrating not just the work of sporting clubs, but the volunteers who are their lifeblood.
Olympic champion and AFL Head of Women’s Football, Nicole Livingstone presented the awards in a virtual ceremony after the event was moved online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and social distancing requirements.
Inclusive Club of the Year
Old Scotch Football Club for growing participation of women and girls as players and volunteers at the club since the introduction of its first women’s team in 2018, in partnership with Methodist Ladies College.
Innovative Club of the Year
Camberwell Hockey Club for its Summer Masters Competition, which brings together players aged between 30 and 75, who range in experience from beginners to former olympians, all playing together.
Collaborative Club of the Year
Deepdene Tennis Club, Balwyn Park Tennis Club, North Balwyn Tennis Club and Canterbury Tennis Club which have been conducting social tennis nights using the Fast4 format followed by a supper.
Club Person of the Year
Ben Smith from Kew Cricket Club for organising a Pride Round game against St Bernard’s Cricket Club that included a visit from Hannah Mouncey and Kara Montoneri from Pride Cup Australia to speak to the players from both clubs.
Young Club Person of the Year
Liam Foldi from Camberwell Junior Football Club for organising the club’s 2019 Mother’s Day fundraiser, as well as his involvement with Myanmar refugees and womens’ and girls’ charities.
John Edgar from Burwood Cricket Club who has been a club member and volunteer since he was a child. A vets Division 2 Premiership player, John has
been instrumental in developing the club’s women’s program in recent years.