Sunraysia Academy of Sport Awards Night

On Saturday 3rd November Sunraysia Academy of Sport held its Award night at the Mildura Golf Club to celebrate the achievements of athletes, coaches and program personnel. Three awards were presented for each sporting program; Outstanding Achievement, Academy Award and a Contribution Award.

The Outstanding Achievement Award was given to the athlete that has achieved the highest level (age and performance) for the period of the program.  The Academy Award is awarded to the athlete that has best represented the ideals of the academy, that is, has participated fully in all aspects of the program. The Contribution Award can be won by a coach, player, administrator or volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

 2010/11 Volleyball Program (Presented by Allan Hassell)

 (Alison Styles Outstanding Achievement Award) -Cara Meyer

Cara’s performance at National Junior Women’s program camps were rewarded in early 2011 with selection into her first Australian representative team.

Having been involved with Sunraysia Academy of Sport as a junior athlete, Cara has continued to develop her physical and technical abilities such that she has shown she can mix it on the Junior International arena.

Other achievements by Cara this year include her performance at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships which saw her win a bronze medal with the Under 19 Vic blue team.

 (Tanya McInnerney Academy Award) – Kirsty Telfer

Kirsty’s resilience and determination can’t go unfounded flowing her selection in 2010 for the Under 19 Victorian team which subsequently saw the team fold. She continued to push herself to improve, taking every opportunity she could to develop. Selection to the 2011 Under 19 Vic Blue team was justly deserved and her performance throughout the Victorian state program saw the team claim a bronze medal at Australian Junior Volleyball Championships.

 (Stephen Benson Contribution Award) – Damien Gibson

Damien’s long standing involvement with the Sunraysia Academy of Sport has seen the Strength & Conditioning within the Volleyball Program continue to develop well beyond what was originally planned – such that now, not only his knowledge of the sport and it’s physical requirements, but also the expectations he places on the Volleyball program athletes for Strength & Conditioning has trebled. The time and effort he has put in over the course of the last few years in his role as Strength and Conditioning Coach, to further refine programs and techniques with athletes goes well above expectations.

 2011 Football Program (Presented by Heather Stamation-coach)

 (Outstanding Achievement Award) – John Roberts

John was successful in gaining selection in 2011 in the U14 state country team which competed in Coffs Harbour. He represented Sunraysia at the Victorian Challenge Cup in Bendigo where he captained the winning U14 team.  John also represented Sunraysia in Broken Hill for the SA country championships where he once again captained the team. He currently plays for Nicholls Point and played in the Victorian Champions League for the U15 Loddon Mallee Lightening team.

2011 Football Program – Annabel Martin

Annabel plays both junior and seniors for Three Colours Football club locally. Her positive attitude and 100% commitment and effort to the way she approached the football program has been rewarded with selection in the state U13 Girls country team. She represented Sunraysia in Broken Hill at the SA country championships playing in the U13 Boys team. Annabel also represented Sunraysia in the U13 Boys team at the Victorian Challenge Cup in Bendigo and was selected for Loddon Mallee Lightening.

2011 Football Program (Heather Stamation Contribution Award) – Chris Grimmer & Val Voliotis

Chris and Val displayed outstanding enthusiasm and commitment towards the football program. They both took on the role of assistant coach half way through the program passing on valuable knowledge as well as encouragement  to the athletes which added value to the program.

 2011/12 Volleyball Program (Presented by Allan Hassell)

(Alison Styles Outstanding Achievement Award) – Kyahm Ross

Kyahm was selected in the blue U17 state volleyball team, attended a national camp in December 2011, trains well, always looking for ways to improve, played important roles and played well at tournaments throughout the year.

 (Tanya McInnerney Academy Award) – Adrian Fox

Adrian represented Victoria in the U19 white team, always at training and looking for ways to improve all parts of his game, willing to help others improve, volunteered his time to assist with coaching other volleyball programs.

 (Stephen Benson Contribution Award)Rod Robinson

Rod put his hand up to help out with the Horsham tournament (the only academy tournament) but also assisted with transport, supervision and feeding of the academy athletes on numerous other trips away which Academy athletes attended.

 2012 Golf Program (Presented by Garth Doherty-coach)

 (Greg Rhodes Outstanding Achievement Award) – Tom Holmes

Tom has had a successful year in 2013 being his first year concentrating on golf as his first sport.  Tom has had some strong results this year in district open age tournaments with a 5th place at the Sunraysia District Championships and 5th place at the Merbein Open.  Tom also won the Sunraysia District Junior Championships at Coomealla and shot the 2nd best score of the day from the Sunraysia men’s team in the first round of the Country Championships in Melbourne.

 (Ken Harrison Academy Award) – Brooke Tremelling

Brook Tremmelling has taken to the sport of golf in the last 12 months with a fantastic work ethic, desire to learn and a persistence that is needed to succeed in golf at its highest level.  Brook has all the attributes of a top level golfer in the making.

(Ken Cameron Contribution Award) – Tim Peterson

Tim has been the liaison officer for the SAS golf program in 2012 and was proactive in ensuring the golf program returned to the Academy after a year’s absence. He has attended all meetings asked of him, attended media interviews and photo shoots. Tim went beyond his role agreeing to be the chaperone for the golfers who attended the VRAS super camp held on the Mornington Peninsula in July.

2012 Football Program (Presented by Heather Stamation- Mildura coach & Dave Coward-Swan Hill coach)

 (Outstanding Achievement Award) – Peter Marziano

Peter participated in the Regional Challenge Cup in Bendigo June Long weekend 2012 and then was selected for Victorian Under 13 Boys Country Squad in an initial squad of 36 then from there he had to attend training camps and each time a few more were players were cut from the squad until that number was down to 16.  He went on to play in the 2012 Boys National Youth Championships which was held in Coffs Harbour from 30th September until the 6th October 2012.

He has been selected to represent Loddon Mallee Lightning in the Victoria Premier League in 2012

 (Academy Award) –Yanni Voliotis

Yanni has shown a high level of improvement in this year’s football program. He attended majority of training sessions and all ACE sessions with a good attitude to improving and learning more. Yanni was selected to represent Loddon Mallee Lightning in the Victoria Premier League in 2012.

 (Contribution Award)- Paul Smith/ Mitch Brown

Paul’s contribution to the Academy program in its first year should be commended, his commitment to the program on top of his existing Swan Hill Association involvement as Vice President deserves mention.

Paul was Assistant to Head Coach Dave Coward and provided a high level of coaching knowledge which assisted greatly in the  development of the athletes in line with the FFA National Curriculum requirements.

Along with other committed members of the Swan Hill Association Paul instigated this pilot program for players in the 9 – 12yr age groups which has resulted in athletes from both genders in the Academy being selected in the 2012 Loddon Mallee F.C. squads for the Victorian Champions League.

Mitch was Assistant Coach for the Mildura Program as well as the Strength and Conditioning coach.He has shown a very professional approach to all his training session, with good preparation and delivery to each session. The athlete really enjoyed the strengthening and conditioning component to the program this year and Mitch’s commitment to delivering the program this was excellent


SAS Overall Awards (Presented by Sarah Tait & Allan Hassell)

2011 Matthew Knights Outstanding Achievement Award

–          Cara Meyer

 2011 Jamie Siddons Academy Award

–          Annabel Martin

 2011 Allan Hassell Contribution Award

–          Damien Gibson

 2012 Matthew Knights Outstanding Achievement Award

–          Kyahm Ross

 2012 Jamie Siddons Academy Award

–          Adrian Fox

 2012 Allan Hassell Contribution Award

–          Paul Smith

 The Academy were thrilled to have Sarah Tait as the guest speaker for the evening. Sarah’s accomplishments include:

  • Triple Olympian (Athens 2004- 6th in Women’s Eight; Beijing 2008- 6th in Women’s Eight; London 2012- Silver in Women’s Pair)
  • Captain of the Australian Rowing Team 2007-2012
  • World Champion (2005)
  • Under 23 World Champion (2002 and 2003)
  • Mother of a three year old daughter, Leila
  • Grew up in Perth where I began rowing at my school in Year 9, and moved to Melbourne in 2006.

Sarah inspired our up and coming athletes through speaking about her journey to the Olympic Games. She also showed the last 500m of her race in London where she paired with Kate Hornsey to win a silver medal in the women’s coxless pairs at the recent London Olympic Games. Sarah also showed a clip on the technology that is on the rowing boats during training.

During the day, Sarah Tait made an appearance at the Mildura Rowing Club (Hugh River Drive) where she spoke to school students as well as rowing club members about her incredible sporting journey and showed off her Olympic medal. Some lucky students were lucky enough to row against Sarah on the rowing ergometers.

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