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Volunteer Sporting Spirit Award

Greg Nicholls and Grace Kelly receiving the Summer Volunteering Sporting Spirit Awards – Central West from the Member for Cootamundra, the Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson MP on behalf of NSW Office of Sport. Source: Cowra Guardian

Entry rules

  1. Entries must be received by 5:00pm Friday 13 April 2018. No entries will be accepted after this time.
  2. Entries can be submitted via the form below.
  3. Nominations will only be accepted for individuals (i.e. not a whole committee).
  4. No self-nominations will be accepted.
  5. Nominations that are submitted by family member's must provide a second committee members contact details for verification.
  6. Multiple entries from one club or association will be accepted.
  7. Winners will be notified by phone and published on the Office of Sport website
  8. The winner may be nominated for the 2019 Centre of Volunteering, NSW Volunteer of the Year Award OR the Sport NSW Community Sports Volunteer Awards.
  9. You may be contacted to provide further information if required.
  10. The additional club contact (you have provided) may be contacted to verify your nomination.
  11. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. The competition will be judged by an independent panel nominated by the Office of Sport.
  13. The age of successful youth (category) nominees may be verified by a formal identification source (e.g. drivers licence, birth certificate, student card) during the judging process.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of grassroots sport in country NSW.

Through the bi-annual Volunteer Sporting Spirit Award, local sporting clubs can recognise exceptional volunteers for:

  • Dedicating their time to the club, association or committee
  • Demonstrating a positive attitude while volunteering
  • Being a positive role model for other club members
  • Bringing expertise and knowledge to their volunteer role
  • Giving encouragement to others in the club, association or committee.


  • Open category
  • Youth (under 25)

Eligibility criteria

The nominee must have been in the volunteer position they are being nominated for during the period between October 2017 to March 2018.

Nominees must reside within:

  • Central West - Local Government Areas include Bathurst Regional Council, Bland Shire Council, Blayney Shire Council, Cabonne Shire Council, Cowra Shire Council, Forbes Shire Council, Lachlan Shire Council, Lithgow City Council, Mid-Western Regional Council, Oberon Council, Orange City Council, Parkes Shire Council, Weddin Shire Council.
  • North West - Local Government Areas include Armidale Dumaresq Council, Glen Innes Severn Shire Council,Gunnedah Shire Council, Guyra Shire Council, Gwydir Shire Council, Inverell Shire Council, Liverpool Plains, Shire Council, Moree Plains Shire Council, Narrabri Shire Council, Tamworth Regional Council, Tenterfield Shire Council, Uralla Shire Council, Walcha Council.
  • Southern - Local Government Areas include Albury City Council, Balranald Shire Council, Bega Valley Shire Council, Berrigan Shire Council, Carrathool Shire Council, Coolamon Shire Council, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council, Edward River Council, Eurobodalla Shire Council, Federation Council, Goulburn Mulwarree Council, Greater Hume Shire Council, Griffith City Council, Hay Shire Council, Hilltops Council, Junee Shire Council, Leeton Shire Council, Lockhart Shire Council, Murray River Council, Murrumbidgee Council, Narrandera Shire Council, Queanbeyan-Palerang Council, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Snowy Valleys Council, Temora Shire Council, Upper Lachlan Shire Council, Wagga Wagga Council, Wentworth Shire Council, Yass Valley Council.

How to nominate

To nominate complete the form below with details of the nominee's volunteer roles and explain in 150 words or less why your nominee is the most deserving volunteer. This might include the:

  • time they dedicate to the club, association or committee
  • the positive attitude they demonstrate while volunteering
  • being a positive role model to younger and other club members
  • expertise and knowledge they bring to volunteering
  • how they encourage others in the club, association or committee.

Nomination closing date

Nominations must be lodged with the Office of Sport, by 5:00pm Friday 13 April 2018.


The winner of each area (Central West, North West and Southern) will be allocated $250, and the runner up $100,to spend on a sports development program that the Office of Sport provides or endorses.

The winners may choose to use the prize as an individual or they may decide to share it across a number of people (e.g. members of a team or a board).

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