2016 WS NSW Annual Dinner

Congratulations to the following award recipients for 2016:

Sport Awards                                                                     Association Awards

Athletics: Kurt Fearnley OAM                                     Volunteer of the Year: Margaret Erdmanis
Basketball: Brett Stibners                                             Rookie: Nick Scott (Basketball)
Handcycling: Emilie Miller                                           Encouragement Award: Oliver House (Athletics)
Junior: Maryanne Latu                                                  Coach of the Year: Louise Sauvage OAM
Lawn Bowls: Jamie Reynolds                                       Team of the Year: NSW GIO Gladiators
Rugby: Ryley Batt OAM
Swimming: Matt Levy OAM
Table Tennis: Jessy Chen
Tennis: Adam Kellerman

The Invacare Rising Star Award

In 2014 our friends at Invacare approached CEO Jim O’Brien and the Sports Development Unit to develop the relationship between our two organisations, and the “Invacare Rising Star Award” is part of the partnership that has been established.

The 2016 Invacare NSW Star recipient is Keltan Williams. Keltan is one of our junior members and he lives in Narrabri. Keltan (and family) travelled to Sydney for all 5 rounds of our Autumn League. At the 2016 Country Cup, Keltan played in the NSW Juniors team and he won the Brendon Talbott Encouragement Award at the tournament. In September Keltan was invited to train with the NSW Juniors at their Newcastle Development Camp.  At the 2016 Slam Down Under tournament Keltan played in the NSW Juniors Division 3 team and the team won the silver medal. Keltan was selected in the Division 3 All-star 5 and he was named as the overall Player of the Tournament. Congratulations Keltan and we look forward to seeing great results in 2017 in your new chair! Thank you to David Jeffries Marketing Manager Invacare for presenting the Rising Star Award on the night.

2016 Clubperson of the Year     

The winner of the 2016 Clubperson of the Year is an outstanding member of Wheelchair Sports NSW – a volunteer, a manager and a mum, Congratulations to Kris Riley.

Kris generously donates her time to making sure our NSW Juniors Basketball team are well looked after during 6 training camps and at the 3 local and interstate competitions the juniors attend. Kris helps book accommodation and transport, organises which players are available, makes sure all the singlets are clean and ensures juniors are always feed and happy! Kris also does this for both the NWBL and WNWBL Sydney Metro Blues teams. Kris also attended the Barangaroo Expo to help promote WS NSW, and organised local awareness days at daughter Jess’ school and in their local area.

Congratulations to Kris Riley our 2016 Clubperson of the Year!

Wheelchair Sports NSW Athlete of the Year 2016                           

And the winner is: Ryley Batt OAM (click here for Ryley’s acceptance speech – you will need the Password: wheels  )

Ryley was a member of the Gold medal winning NSW GIO Gladiators at the National Championships. Ryley was named MVP of the Fierce4 Rugby Nationals and in the All Star 4. Internationally, Ryley was in the Australian Wheelchair Rugby Team, The Steelers, who won Silver at the 2016 Canada Cup and he was named in the Tournaments All Star 4. And of course – Ryley was a member of the Gold medal winning Steelers team at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games (in double overtime against the USA).

Thanks and congratulations to the Annual Dinner Committee for the fun evening and thanks to those who donated prizes in the raffle, especially Parramatta Leagues Club.

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