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2018 Knox Sport and Leisure Awards

Knox City Council hosted its annual Knox Sport and Leisure Awards on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at the Knox Civic Centre. The awards recognise and reward the dedicated and hardworking volunteers within our local sport and leisure clubs, as well as clubs that have worked diligently to provide positive programs and opportunities for the Knox community. The Knox Sport and Leisure Awards also aim to create a more sustainable sporting landscape through the retention of current volunteers and attracting of new volunteers.

Over 110 people representing a variety of sport and leisure groups attended the evening. Special guest speakers included two-time Paralympic gold medalist Andrew Harrison OAM and Melbourne Boomers and AFLW star Monique Conti. The audience was inspired with the stories of courage, determination and resilience which saw both these athletes reach the top of their respective sports. Andrew and Monique also highlighted the important role that volunteers have played and continue to play in their sporting journeys.

Knox City Council would like to congratulate all the winners and the nominees for their outstanding contribution to the community and convey our appreciation to the sponsors and the guest speakers.

Congratulations to the following winners


Award Categories Award Winner Sponsored By
Club of the Year Wantirna South Junior Football Club
An exemplary club within the Knox community, not only conducting programs for football participants on weekends, but also promoting football in local schools by conducting free Come 'N Try clinics.

The Club adheres to good governance practices through transparency of reports and minutes, clear and concise job descriptions for everyone.

The Club is also compliant with child safe standards and encourages the provision of opportunities for underrepresented groups to hold leadership positions within the Club.
Think Advantage
Best Club Initiated Program Scoresby Magpies Junior Football Club
Scoresby Magpies Junior Football Club have partnered with Anchor Foster Care to enable a program which supports children living in all forms of ‘out of home care’ placements to play football for free (registration and uniform fees covered by sponsorship and fundraising programs through the club).

The program, which is open to all boys and girls aged 5 – 17 of all abilities, aims to address the negative stereotypes and perceptions associated with being in foster care or being adopted. The programs’ goal is to support children and develop their self-esteem and self-worth by being involved in an inclusive environment.
Simply Helping
Club Person of the Year (Adult) Stephen Clark
Stephen has been credited as one of the main reasons for Knox City FC to have a thriving junior program. Stephen, through his passion of coaching children (for over 20 years) and love for the game, has overseen the clubs numbers grow from ten players to two hundred players in a period of 5 years.

Currently serving as the Director of Coaching, Stephen is responsible for supporting all coaches to perform at a high level.
YMCA
Club Person of the Year (Junior) Ashleigh Bertram
Ashleigh has taken up a leadership role with the younger age groups. During Cross Country season, Ashleigh volunteers her time every Saturday and loves helping around the club in any form she can.

She attends many training sessions each week and provides younger and less experienced athletes her expertise, tips, and knowledge for their improvement. Overall, Ashleigh has proven to be an excellent role model.
Westfield Knox
Women in Sport Leadership Lisa Walshe
Lisa is not only a player of the Knox Women’s Football Club, but also the captain, team manager, secretary, in charge of the merchandise, and attends committee meetings, to name a few.

Lisa started a youth girl’s side in 2010 and a second side in 2011. Lisa has developed pathway programs at the club to ensure girls play Junior and Senior Women’s Football in one club and provided an avenue for women with ambitions to play Football at a higher level.
Melbourne Boomers
Years of Service 50 Years
  • Anthony Aulsebrook – Victorian Basketball Referees Association - Knox Branch
  • Keith Boldiston – Bayswater Football Club
  • Ken Miller – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club
30 Years
  • Colin Watkeys – Knox & District Softball Umpires Association
  • Janice Clayton – Knox & District Softball Umpires Association
  • Ken Evans – Knox & District Softball Umpires Association
  • Merv Larter – Knox & District Softball Umpires Association
25 & 20 Years
  • Mike Kerr – Knox Little Athletics Centre (25 Years)
  • Trish Maslen – Knox BMX Club (20 Years)

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