Nominees for this award should exemplify all aspects of sportsmanship.
2023 Spirit of the Game Award for Cricket: Kai Dalli from Tintenbar-East Ballina Cricket Club
Kai has been involved in cricket since the age of 4. Currently Kai is the TEB U16 leading run scorer and he recently made his First Grade Men’s debut. Kai’s efforts locally have not gone unnoticed as he is currently trialling for Manly’s U16 Green Shield team for next season. This year he umpired for the Ballina U13 Cricket Carnival with distinction.
Kai was nominated as he has always worked hard on improving his batting performance, doing extra training sessions and overcoming challenges along the way. He is always helping his team mates with batting/bowling advice and has given back to the sport he loves through umpiring.
2023 Spirit of the Game Award for Basketball: Nathan Smith from the Byron Basketball Club
Nathan has been selected by the Byron Bay Basketball Club as he truly demonstrates what this award is all about. With a love for the game, great skills, talent and positive attitude, he is a player that any coach dreams of having on their team. He has a willingness to learn, is inclusive and supportive of his teammates during training and on game day.
However, it is his off the court demeanor that truly impresses his coaches and the club overall. Nathan is always there encouraging other teams and teammates, helping with fundraising activities and competitions for the club. He is a valued member of the Byron Bay Basketball Club.
Nathan hopes to continue playing basketball for the remainder of his years at high school and eventually would like to play for his college or university once he graduates.
The nominee should be a player judged by the club/association for which they play to embody the principles of Spirit of the Game. These traits can include but are not limited to: integrity, responsibility, fairness, sportsmanship, and respect for opponents, coaches and team mates. They may be a role model and inspire their team mates. They are dedicated to attending practice and games. They may take on other duties associated with the sport for not only the team in which they are a member but other levels and aspects of the game such as match official, assistance in canteen, responsibility for equipment, coaching infant and primary age players etc. The player may also have overcome obstacles (physical, financial, geographic, social etc) in order to participate. They are not necessarily the best player but are the player that best reflects and represents the Spirit of the Game in which they participate.
Each club is only able to nominate one player per season. Eligible players will have participated in a team in the Under 16’s tournament.
This is an annual award and the winners name will be recorded on a perpetual trophy. Each nominee will receive a letter recognising their efforts and nomination. The winner will also receive a certificate and a $100 voucher.
We are currently focusing on the following sports: Cricket, Soccer, Netball, Softball, Basketball and Rugby Union.
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Email application to: firstname.lastname@example.org