MEDIA RELEASE: APRIL 3, 2020
A club that was on the brink of folding six years ago has taken out the top gong in the 2020 Sportscover Clubbies Awards!
The Sports Riders Club of Tasmania earned a place in Clubbies history as the first entrant from the island state to nab the BEST CLUB title. The extraordinary turnaround was achieved by a just a handful of dedicated volunteers.
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The nationwide search for the most inspiring stories from sport’s grassroots attracted more than 1100 nominations. Over 30 sports were represented by the 80 finalists, with dragon boating, swimming, football, motorcycling, rugby league, golf and surfing among the trophies. Five states contributed to the winners list but it was NSW which walked away with the biggest haul, taking four of the eight awards on offer. Up for grabs, a total prize pool worth more than $10,000! The outcome was decided by an expert panel and thousands of online votes.
Clubbies is recognised as Australia’s largest awards program of its type. The Inside Sport awards are co-presented by the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS) and awards partners Sportscover.
CAS CEO, Rob Bradley, said: “The Confederation of Australian Sport has been delighted with the massive number of entries in the Sportscover Clubbies Awards this year and would like to congratulate the very deserving winners of our eight categories! Grassroots sport is at the heart of Australian life and there were so many genuinely inspiring stories again this year.
Sportscover Australia Chief Executive Simon Allatson reflected on the difficult start to 2020: “Sport at club level throughout Australia has been buffeted by unprecedented catastrophes in the 12 months since the last awards. The impacts of drought, bushfires and COVID-19 have tested the resolve of all. The attributes of the nominees and winners is magnified by the fact they have continued to serve the community despite these obstacles.”
Award partners Bauerfeind added: ‘As global leaders in compression and performance products, Bauerfeind are proud to support the clubbies awards because we want everyone to achieve their personal best. From being the official product partner of choice to the Olympic Games, NRL teams and the NBA, through to supporting local clubs around the globe, our goal is to help everyone and anyone perform like never before.”
Congratulations to all our Winners!
BEST CLUB: Sports Riders Club of Tasmania
BEST COACH: Gail Smail, Stanthorpe Amateur Swimming and Life Saving Club (QLD)
BEST STALWART: Peter Spackman, Bilambil Jets Rugby League Club (NSW)
BEST SPORTS ASSOCIATION: Disabled Surfers Association – Central Coast Branch (NSW)
BEST MASTERS PERFORMANCE: Beth Trevenen, Albany Dragon Boat Club (WA)
BEST ADMINISTRATOR: Sam Stanley, Revesby Workers Football Club (NSW)
BEST FACILITY: Colac Golf Club (VIC)
BEST USE OF MEDIA: Peter Hennessy, Dunbar Rovers FC NPL (NSW)
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