Former Country Cricket Board Wheatbelt Delegate John Lucas, Andrew Valance and WACA Board Statewide Game Development Committee Representative Peter Silinger
WACA has this week launched its
new-look WA Cricket Volunteer of the Year Awards for 2016-17 to celebrate and recognise
the work of the sport’s invaluable volunteer workforce.
take on roles ranging from coaching, scoring and umpiring, running club canteens,
keeping the finances in check or leading clubs – all of which contributes
significantly to the ongoing success of community cricket.
Vallance, winner of the 2014–15 Volunteer of the Year Award, was a shining
example of the difference made by volunteers in the community.
the past 10 years Andrew has volunteered in various roles, including
coordinating, coaching and administering the AvonWest Cricket Academy, which
has seen hundreds of young Aboriginal cricketers go through the Northam Junior
investment in the program included driving the bus to each of the players’
homes to pick them up, provide them with breakfast, clean uniforms and get them
ready for the match each week.
Andrew said one of the greatest thrills of
volunteering in cricket was seeing the young players start to learn the game
and take their first wicket, their first catch, and hit their first four.
"Their excitement and joy makes it all worth
it. And as they learn to love the game, the deal is sealed,” Andrew said.
"No one volunteers to get an award and every
volunteer knows there are a thousand like yourself out there who go
unnoticed. But still, it is satisfying for the work volunteers do to
be acknowledged and to be the one singled out was an honour and a thrill.
"Most volunteers would never nominate
themselves as they are too busy and it's not even on their radar. But
maybe there is someone in your club who goes above and beyond the call of duty
to make your club work. Make sure you nominate them and let them know they are
General Manager – Game & Market Development Jo Davies said the local
community volunteers were integral to the fabric of cricket in Western
the dedication, commitment and passion of the thousands of volunteers who give
up their time each year, community cricket would not exist,” Ms Davies said.
we had to pay for the hours our volunteers work, the sport would not survive.”
award categories are open to eligible volunteers, including Young Volunteer of
the Year, Toyota Country Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, with
a female and male winner for each.