The best of the best will soon be recognised for their sports achievements in the 2021 Orange Sports Awards.
The Awards are designed to acknowledge teams, clubs and individuals who showed dedication, sportsmanship and worked hard in their sporting code during 2021.
Orange City Mayor Cr Reg Kidd is asking members of the community to think about who they consider to be worthy winners.
“Nominations aren’t limited to those who shine bright on the field, but also those who work hard behind the scenes to get things done. From the volunteer coaches that go the extra mile, to the administrative team who make sure players registrations are submitted, it’s a team effort and that effort shouldn’t go unrecognised,” Cr Kidd.
Orange City Council’s Sport and Recreation Policy Committee Chair Cr Jason Hamling said the COVID-19 crisis severely impacted the ability for teams to get out on the field, but it’s worth acknowledging the hard work and commit of those who were able to work hard in the background.
“Most sports responded to the COVID crisis by delivering shorter seasons and went to great efforts to get some people out for a run,” Cr Hamling said.
“During the 2020 season, there wasn’t the usual range of major victories we’re used to celebrating, but there was a greater sense of comradery and sportsmanship around making sure some games went ahead.
“This goes to show how important sport is for people in terms of exercise and the social benefit.
“A huge percentage of the Orange community is involved in some code of sport in one way or another so it’s important that we acknowledge them and their efforts.”
Sports Award nominations close on April 30, 2021.