New award recognises effort
THE WARWICK RSL Memorial Club wants to reward an athlete who "re-invests" in their club in a new award to be presented at the Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Senior Sports Star of the Year awards dinner on March 19.
The winner of the Warwick RSL Memorial Club - Club Person of the Year - will receive $500 from the RSL and a trophy.
The overall Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Senior Sports Star of the Year will be selected by an independent judging panel, based on performances in all sports during the year.
The club person of the year will be selected from the other 10 monthly winners for 2011 with judging based on performances in local sports on the Darling Downs and contributions to clubs/sports off the field.
Warwick RSL Memorial Club secretary-manager Jo Schwenke said it was crucial to recognise the importance of sporting clubs in a community.
"A large portion of the success of clubs is through interest and support from members and this award will recognise excellent performances and re-investment in local clubs through coaching, physical labour, mentoring, canteen duty and other voluntary work," Schwenke said.
WCU CEO Lewis von Stieglitz said the new award was terrific and complimented the sports star of the year.
"This award fosters a commitment to sport within individual clubs at community level which is important to the on-going health of sport in Warwick," von Stieglitz said.
Daily News media sales manager Nick Inmon said it was massive what the credit union and Warwick RSL Memorial Club were doing with the awards.
"I remember when my wife Rachael and I won monthly sports awards for hockey in Grafton, which were organised by the credit union, ex-services club and daily newspaper in Grafton," Inmon said.
"We still have our winning trophies and certificates."