Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW, Sarah Mitchell, today invited sporting clubs and associations to nominate their most outstanding and deserving members for the Winter Volunteer Sporting Spirit Awards which recognise the outstanding achievements and contribution of volunteers in sport in the Central West. “The Winter Volunteer Sporting Spirit Awards program recognises outstanding volunteers who make a difference to local sporting clubs by driving grassroots participation and encouraging healthier and more active lifestyles,” Mrs Mitchell said.

“The local sporting club so much more than simply a place to play, it is a place where volunteers can gain valuable work and life skills and where people can simply feel good about themselves by giving up time to help others.”

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres acknowledged the effort of volunteers across the state who give up their valuable time for sport in any capacity.

“Volunteer contributions keep sport ticking week in week out and helping build healthy, engaged and harmonious communities. Recognising the amazing work of volunteers is one small way for us to say thanks.

“We look forward to acknowledging the hard work and dedication of our region's volunteers who make it possible for all players to enjoy Winter Sport,” Mr Ayres said.

The 2016 Winter Volunteer Sporting Spirit Awards include a youth category for volunteers aged 25 years and under, as well as an open category for volunteers of all ages.

Anyone with links to a sporting club or association is invited to nominate volunteers who would be deserving of such an award. To be eligible the nominee must have volunteered with the club or association between April and September 2016
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Nominations are welcome in 150 words or less by Friday 28 October 2016 to be lodged at https://sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/clubs/volunteeraward

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