Awards were presented for outstanding sporting achievement in 2008 in 18 categories, including Athlete of the Year, Team, Official, Coach, Administrator, Organisation, Volunteer, etc.
The field of this years Finalists was amazing. NSW Sports Federation CEO Debbie Kemp said ?There were so many World Champions and World Record Holders nominated, that only some of these athletes could become Finalists?.
Michael Quarmby was awarded NSW Administrator of the Year at the 2008 NSW Sports Federation Annual Sports Awards.
Michael had a very successful 2008, leading Football NSW into a new and bright direction. Under the administrator from Parramatta, Football NSW has announced a new $40 million ?state of the art? Football complex at Riverston. Michael also oversaw major sponsorship initiatives designed to benefit clubs and associations and announced the provision of $250,000 worth of credit vouchers that were allocated to Associations and State League Clubs across the state.
The ?Football Stars of Tomorrow? show was awarded the NSW Sports Media Award at the 2008 NSW Sports Federation Annual Sports Awards.
The ?Football Stars of Tomorrow? show, although primarily targeted at children aged 8-16, proved to be popular with adults as well and accumulated an average of 92,000 viewers a week, resulting in a total viewership of 1.75 million. Its aim was to not only promote the game at the grassroots level, but also target viewers from various demographic backgrounds. It was screened on both Fox Sports and SBS and is confirmed to be screened on Fox Sports for the next 2 years.
Bill McIlveen (Football NSW) was awarded NSW Distinguished Long Service Award at the 2008 NSW Sports Federation Annual Sports Awards.
Bill (Heathcote) has been involved in the game for over 40 years and has done everything there is at Football NSW! He is seen as one of the standout Match Commissioners for the NSW Men’s Premier League and was also involved with the Football NSW General Purposes Tribunal and various judiciary hearings and has a sound knowledge of the FIFA and FFA laws of the game.
Ellyse Perry was awarded NSW Young Athlete of the Year at the 2008 NSW Sports Federation Annual Sports Awards.
At 17 years of age, Ellyse became Australia?s youngest ever test cricketer when she debuted against England in February 2008. In Football, the athlete from West Pymble, played several matches for the Matilda?s including five in the 2008 AFC Women?s Asian Cup.
List of all 2008 NSW Sports Federation Annual Sports Awards winners
Athlete of the Year – Matthew Mitcham OAM – Diving – Balmain
Athlete with a Disability Award – Peter Leek OAM – Swimming – St Marys
Team Athlete of the Year – Simon Katich – Cricket – Coogee
Team Athlete with a Disability Award – Ryley Batt – Wheelchair Rugby – Port Macquarie
Team of the Year – Nathan Wilmot OAM & Malcolm Page OAM – Sailing – Bilgold Plateau & Dee Why
Team with a Disability Award – NSW Gladiators Wheelchair Rugby Team
Coach of the Year – Victor Kovalenko – Sailing – Fairlight
Young Athlete of the Year – Ellyse Perry – Cricket & Football – West Pymble
Young Athlete with a Disability Award – Jacqueline Freney – Swimming – Skennars Head
Official of the Year – David Gentles – Hockey
Young Official of the Year – Kasey Campbell – Rugby League – Homebush Bay
Masters Athlete of the Year – Jenny Whiteley – Masters Swimming – West Pennant Hills
Event of the Year – ANZ Championship Trans-Tasman Netball League Inaugural Grand Final
Administrator of the Year – Michael Quarmby – Football NSW – Parramatta
Organisation of the Year – Wheelchair Sports NSW
Sports Media Award – Football Stars of Tomorrow – Football NSW
Volunteer Award – Trish Taylor – Riding for the Disabled – Cootamundra
Distinguished Long Service Award – Dinga Bell – Softball – Dundas Valley
Distinguished Long Service Award – Val Curran OAM – Netball
Distinguished Long Service Award – Robert Horsell – Cricket – Darling Point
Distinguished Long Service Award – Olwyn Johnstone – Women?s Golf
Distinguished Long Service Award – Sue Johnstone – Masters Swimming – Windang
Distinguished Long Service Award – Bill McIlveen – Football – Heathcote
Distinguished Long Service Award – Tom Moore – Basketball – Allawah
Distinguished Long Service Award – Neil Purcell OAM – Surf Life Saving – Frenchs Forest
Distinguished Long Service Award – Patrick Troy – Swimming – North Parramatta