Four months ago Inside Sport called on Aussie sports fans to send us their stories about the unsung heroes of grassroots sport. The result has been phenomenal.
This year’s Sportscover Clubbies Awards are the biggest and most competitive yet – more than 1100 nominations, across 60 sports, from every state and mainland territory.
The Inside Sport judging panel sifted through each heartfelt entry showcasing these local legends and finally narrowed the field to a shortlist of finalists. Even so, a whopping 40 plus sports made the cut!
We're pleased to see two nominations from NSW:
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Winner of the Best Club category will win $5000 worth of INTERSPORT vouchers, while other Clubbies winners will share in a prize pool worth more than $10,000!
Inside Sport editor, Jeff Centenera said: “We were floored by the response to the Clubbies this year, particularly how far it reached across the country. It proved yet again to us at the magazine that the best stories in Australian sport are at the grassroots level.”
You can support your coach, club, sport (or any nominees that blow you away). To view the finalists and cast your vote just go to www.insidesport.com.au/clubbies/vote
Voting closes on April 15 and winners will be announced on May 3.
Brendan Sutton has taken on the role of coach to the junior 'Red Devils' Mudgee Triathlon Club. He has gone above & beyond the role of coach. For example, he has raised money for equipment (bikes, wind trainers, rollers & Tri suits) from grants and fundraising at the local Bunnings BBQ. He has volunteered his time as bus driver to transport juniors to the NSW Junior Championships because there was a shortage of accommodation. But the thing is, he is so passionate and dedicated to the world of Triathlon and the development of juniors in the sport. A typical training week consists of three morning swim sessions that last one hour. He conducts run sessions & brick sessions two afternoons a week. That's a total of six hours per week of time volunteered to our kids. And then to top it off, he will often come and watch them race. And the best thing is the 'Junior Red Devils' are having fun. Yep, this county needs more Brendan Suttons that's for sure. Check out Face Book page 'Mudgee Junior Devils training’.
Nominated by Tania Pottet, parent of junior triathlete
After spending only a couple of minutes with Steve Moxey (nickname Moxey) you would quickly see what a friendly, warm-hearted and top bloke he is. Moxey has been a life member of our Hills Triathlon Club for a number of years and although his official title is “Timing Coordinator”, Moxey is much more than that. He is the heart and soul of our club and a very well respected and admired member of our committee.
Steve Moxey is as hard-working as an OX, which is quite ironic since his surname even contains those letters. He is the first person to arrive to start the daunting job of setting up transition and is always the very last person to leave after packing up. Typically there are between 250 to 300 people who participate at one of our club races, so there are plenty of bike racks to assemble and timing mats to set up. Other responsibilities Steve helps with is liaising with race officials, members, visitors, volunteers and is a truly inspirational unsung hero always putting others first. Moxey has done the timing now for five years now. Before that he spent four years as race director and was instrumental in building our club race series to the professional level it now is. In fact, thanks to Steve’s leadership as and dedication as Race director, then as timing coordinator, our club now boasts the most successful club race series in the nation.
Moxey has many great qualities about him and doesn’t ask for any recognition when helping out. He does what he does for the love of the sport and to provide a safe and fun environment for all of our members and guests participating in events. This is proven with his role of timing coordinator which has meant he has to sacrifice doing his own Sprint distance race so he can be there for the club. During his time Moxey has been at the forefront with helping our club grow to be the biggest triathlon club in NSW (possibly Australia), with approximately 440 current members. This is a wonderful achievement for not only our club but for the sport of triathlon, as it was only about 15 years ago our club started with about 10 members! Whether it be helping new members and teaching them the ropes or jumping on a BBQ, he is there wherever needed. I personally like to think of Moxey as like Rexona…. He never lets you down. Keep up the amazing work you do Steve Moxey and thank you for the countless hours you put in. On behalf of the club and all that you’ve helped over the years we can’t thank you enough. You are very kind fellow for always going above and beyond to promote a friendly atmosphere for people of all ages and abilities.
Nominated by Robbie Glover, committee member