SAS Awards Night

The Annual Sunraysia Academy of Sport Awards Night were held on Thursday November 20th at Mildura Grand hotel. Over 140 athletes, coaches, parents and special guests attended the event.

The guest speaker for the evening was David Morris, two time Olympian and Olympic Silver medallist in the Men’s Aerials at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. David gave an inspiring speech about his sporting journey. Key messages from his speech included; commitment, doing the small things right, utilising the support team around you and enjoying what you do.

The individual program award recipients were:


Outstanding Achievement Award – Jayden Curtis

Academy Award– Nicholas Sleep

Contribution Award– Simon Moran and Chris Van Dijk


Outstanding Achievement Award – Anthony Carroll

Academy Award – Mason Clavell

Contribution Award – Sue Carroll


Outstanding Achievement Award – Riley Aunger

Academy Award – Steffania D’Anna


Outstanding Achievement Award – Sophie Crouch

Academy Award – Lachlan Timms


Outstanding Achievement Award – Jenna Rowels

Academy Award – Cassie Fillery


Outstanding Achievement Award – Sheree Moore

Academy Award – Jake Barker


Outstanding Achievement Award –Zac Hermans

Academy Award – Alyce Smith

Contribution Award – Trent Branson

The Overall Outstanding Achievement Award went to Zac Hermans from the 2013/14 SAS Volleyball Program. Zac was selected in the Australian Junior Men’s Volleyball Development Squad, which toured Thailand in April. In July Zac competed for the Victorian U19 Blue team where his team won a Bronze medal. Next year Zac will move to Canberra to train full time at the Australian Institute of Sport with the Australian Men’s Volleyball Program.

Brodie Carrigan from the 2014 SAS Individual Athlete Support Program won the Overall Academy Award. Brodie was captain of the 15 Boys and U16 Boys North West Country Lightening teams for the Junior State Championships and the Zone Challenge. He won the most effective player award for the Rivaside Hockey Club A grade Men’s competition. Brodie gained his level 1 hockey coaching and umpiring accreditation this year and umpired the 2014 A Grade Women’s finals and coached the Rivasise U11 mixed team.

Brodie has worked very hard on his fitness and skills over the past 12 months, and it is nice to see his hard work paying off. At school Brodie does very well, especially in Maths and Science, recently achieving a Distinction grade in the 2014 RACI Australian National Chemistry Quiz. Brodie is a keen Guitarist playing in the Soebardi Six String Surfers, winning the Open Guitar Ensemble section at the 2014 Mildura Eisteddfod.

Brodie exemplifies what the Academy is all about. Not only excelling as an athlete and leader in the sport of hockey, but also giving back to the sport through coaching and umpiring. Academically he is a bright student and is involved in many extracurricular activities.

The Overall Contribution Award was won by Simon Moran from the 2013/14 SAS Athletics Program. 

Simon has been the Technical Director of Coaching for the SAS Athletics Program since its inception
In the 2013/14 Program he was the strength and conditioning coach as well. He has provided an enormous amount of support to coaches and mentored local coaches.Simon is the President of Salisbury Athletics Club and his club has provided support for SAS coaches and provided a pathway for local athletes.Simon was instrumentals in our athletes being given an opportunity to compete at the State Relay Day in Adelaide and to be able to compete with other talented athletes.Simon has organised training camps in Adelaide, Mildura and Renmark and brought in specialist coaches to help with the different athletic disciplines; running, throwing and jumping.

This year Simon delivered a Level 1 Athletics Coaching Course in Mildura, the first Level 1 Coaching Course to be held in Mildura. School teachers, athletes and club administrators attended the course. This has resulted in senior athletes coaching at the weekly  MDLAC training sessions

Simon continues to seek personal development opportunities and this year completed Level 3 coaching accreditation through Athletics Australia. He is currently the SA State Team Manager (endurance events) for the upcoming National All Schools Championships where four SAS athletes will be competing.

Simon has incredible passion for the sport of Athletics and has gone above and beyond to provide local talented athletes with the opportunity to reach their full potential in the sport of Athletics.


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