Office of Sport calling out for volunteer nominations

The NSW Office of Sport is still inviting nominations for the Volunteer Sporting Spirit Awards, which aim to acknowledge standout volunteers who gave their time to their local sporting club across the summer period.

Office of Sport Development Officer Joanne Barrett said volunteers are the lifeblood of community sport and the awards aim to acknowledge the tireless efforts of those who volunteer their time to ensure clubs operate successfully.

“Grassroots sport provides hope and opportunities, unifies townships and has an extraordinary reach and volunteers are the backbone of many sporting club operations,” she explained.

“Without the contribution of volunteers, many people wouldn’t have the opportunity to participate in grassroots sport, a valued part of our way of life in Western NSW.”

Barrett said the awards aim to acknowledge the hours of behind the scenes work which brings everything together on game day.

“The Office of Sport Western Region Sporting Spirit Volunteer Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of volunteers twice annually across the winter and summer seasons,” she said.

“Volunteers do more than just dedicate their time to the club, association or committee, they also bring valuable knowledge and insight.

“We welcome nominations of volunteers in the under-25 category and from all ages in the open category.”

Winners will be presented with $250 and runners up $100 to spend on sports development programs provided or endorsed by the Office of Sport.

Nominees must reside in the following Local Government Areas in Central West NSW:

  • Bathurst Regional Bland Shire
  • Blayney Shire
  • Cabonne Shire
  • City of Lithgow
  • Cowra Shire
  • Forbes Shire
  • Hilltops Council
  • Lachlan Shire Mid Western Region
  • Orange City
  • Parkes Shire
  • Weddin Shire

People who volunteered between October last year and March this year can be nominated by Friday, March 31 at https://sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/clubs/volunteeraward