Congratulations to the 2019 Greater Dandenong Sports Awards Winners
15 October 2019
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Greater Dandenong Sports Awards. The awards celebrate the many amazing achievements made and the wonderful support provided ty dedicated volunteers that enable everyone the opportunity to play sport socially or competitively across Greater Dandenong.
Read about their achievements below:
Athlete of the Year and Junior Athlete of the Year Kaitly Ea
Kaitlyn Ea was judged to be the most outstanding junior and overall athlete of the year for her achievements in the sport of badminton. Kaitlyn was selected to represent Australia at the Badminton World Junior Championships in 2018 and 2019, and captained the U17 state team at the Australasian National Championships in 2019, where she was runner up in the singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles competition.
Club Volunteer of the Year Dean Jones
Dean Jones has grown the junior ranks at the Silverton Cricket Club from just 15 in 2016-17 to almost 100 in 2019-20. He also helped recruit a junior girls team and ladies team, and over the years created a multicultural program. Dean performs many roles at the club, including secretary, vice president and coach of several teams. His dedication to create an inclusive culture and support underprivileged children were also recognised in his nomination.
Coach of the Year Paul Xistras
Paul Xistras coached the U13/14 girls team at the South Springvale Soccer Club to the South (D) Division championship. Under his leadership the team dropped just one game. Paul showed dedication to training the team and tried to turn negative experiences into positive learning opportunities for the girls.
Team of the Year Dandenong Cricket Club's Women's 1XI - T/20 Team
The Dandenong Cricket Club's Women's 1XI – T/20 Team was recognised as the team of the year after taking out the 2018-19 T/20 final. The women's team merged with the Dandenong Cricket Club two years ago and have worked to rebuild a strong women's team. The players show support for each other and mentor younger players within the club.
Cmmunity Program of the Year Noble Park Bulls Reclink
The Noble Park Bulls Reclink team provides sport and recreation opportunities to some of our community's most vulnerable people. The team is open to people of all genders, ages, cultural groups and abilities and in its first season had more than 40 participants aged from 16 to 58. The aim of the team is to create a socially inclusive environment where participants can rebuild their lives through sport.
Inspiring Club Person of the Year Mick Rossato
Mick Rossato was awarded for his involvement with the Noble Park Junior Football Club. As a club member for 40 years, this year Mick coached the club's U14 side to a preliminary final. Mick united the mixed team and taught them football and life skills. He also mentored four senior players in assistant coaching roles.