The heart and soul of Australian Cricket was celebrated on Wednesday night at the inaugural A Sport For All Community Cricket Awards held at the MCG. The event honored and acknowledged the remarkable work being done within the wider Australian Cricket Community by individuals, clubs and associations.
Of the 12 award categories and hundreds of nominations, Tasmania were represented by six respected finalists, having a strong presence on the night. Geoff Jackson was crowned the Community Cricket Umpire of the Year, and with both finalist being from Tasmania in the Cricket Association of the Year, it was the Hurricanes Primary League/CT Youth League that walked away with the honors, followed by Cricket North West in second.
Geoff is a long serving umpire in the Kookaburra Southern Cricket Umpires Association, including being on the Associations Committee and being the Umpires Advisor. Jackson along with his fellow umpires service eight grades and 64 teams each week, working with a range of people from different socio-economic environments. He has mentored junior umpires and is the driving force behind the improved training standards and accreditation of the umpires in the association.
Geoff humbly said to win this award was a team effort.
“It is really fantastic to win something like this and it being an inaugural one makes it even better.” Jackson said.
The Hurricanes Primary League/CT Youth League has fully embraced Cricket Australia’s Junior Formats across all competitions, instigated girls’ competitions and represents a suitable pathway for both boys and girls in the Greater Hobart Region. The League consists of 152 teams across 23 clubs and offer a fantastic transition for participants who have completed MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast.
Cricket Tasmania General Manager of Game and Market Development, Ben Smith said it is fantastic to see some of the excellent work and developments in Tasmanian grassroots cricket be recognised on a national level.
"The volunteers and programs that were recognised at the dinner are just a few of the thounsands of volunteers involved across grassroots in cricket in Tasmania.Everyone contributes differently and all could be worthy of recognition and we are thankful for their work" Smith said.
All finalists were flown to Melbourne for a night and invitation to the event, with winners also receiving a certificate, a $200 gift voucher and signed cricket bat.
The Sport For All program was rolled out in 2015 by Cricket Australia, with its objective to educate all levels of Australian Cricket about the nations diverse society and how to meet its needs - with a dedicated focus on the participation of underrepresented groups, including girls and women, multicultural, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and disability communities. For more information on the A Sport For All program CLICK HERE or contact Cricket Tasmania’s Club & Community Engagement Leader, Stuart Schultz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Community Cricket Umpire of the Year Award: Geoff Jackson (TAS)
Cricket Association of the Year: Hurricanes Primary League / CT Youth League (TAS)
Junior Cricket Program of the Year: Burnie Yeoman Cricket Club (TAS)
Junior Cricket Champion of the Year: Clayton Hawkins (Wynyard Cricket Club, TAS)
Community Cricket Initiative of the Year: Intercultural Sports League (TAS)
Cricket Association of the Year: Cricket North West (TAS)