Major Awards Winners Announced

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The VIATEK Central Coast Academy of Sport Awards Evening was held on Wednesday 2nd November at Mingara Recreation Club. In a room full of VIP guests, athletes, parents and supporters the CCAS announced the major award winners for 2022.

The formal awards evening was the second stage of the awards presentation. Every sporting program Athletes’ of the Year winners and Rising Star award winners (who were announced at the Athlete Celebration in September) were all in the running to be announced as the overall Central Coast Academy of Sport Athlete of the Year.

The CCAS is proud to announce the following winners:

CCAS Major Awards 2022

CCAS Athlete of the Year:          Kaiden McNamara (AFL)

Chair’s Award:                             Georgie Clune (Golf)

The Ray Sandell Dedication to Sporting Excellence:   Allie Reid & Charlotte Rousell (Netball)

RASi Coaches Award:                 Robyn Low-Hart (Triathlon)

CCAS Athlete of the Year – Kaiden McNamara

 In a year with so many outstanding achievements by so many CCAS squad members it is always difficult to select just one athlete for this award. The amazing results achieved by an athlete who is just at the start of his AFL journey, this year made Kaiden a stand out.

Kaiden has had an incredible year of personal growth and development. On the back of his involvement with CCAS AFL Program, he was selected in the CHS State side and had an opportunity to trial for the Sydney Swans Academy. He also had strong performances in the Challenge Cup and Northern NSW representative Carnivals.

We know that this is just the beginning for Kaiden and we look forward to seeing where his talent and dedication to the sport take him.

Chair’s Award – Georgie Clune

Georgie has been an integral member of the CCAS JNJG Golf program over the last four years. Georgie is a dedicated athlete who has demonstrated all the attributes necessary to deserve this award -an enthusiastic member of the squad, quick with a smile and a laugh.

After a tough start to the season Georgie represented the CCAS with distinction at the North VS South tournament and then finished off her season by winning the Ladies club foursomes at Everglades by 15 shots. A great result for a hard worker who never stops trying.

We know that more great results are just around the corner and we cant wait to see you continue on your golfing pathway. We are extremely proud of Georgie and thank her for her dedicated service and contribution to the golf program.

The Ray Sandell Dedication to Sporting Excellence Award – Allie Reid & Charlotte Rousell

Allie Reid

A leader on and off court, Allie is an outstanding role model, athlete and teammate. She embodies what it means to be a CCAS athlete and engages with integrity and pride. Allie is the athlete you want on your team; she’s humble, self-motivated, shows initiative, elevates and supports others, does everything with passion and is mighty talented to top it all off. Her instinct and ability when it comes to netball is frighteningly good. We can already see pathways opening up for her and no doubt there will be more open up in the future. A deserved recognition for an athlete who has made outstanding contributions to the squad in her three years within the program. Well done, Allie!

Charlotte Rousell

Charlotte’s contribution to the Academy of Sport over the past three years has been outstanding. Her dedication to training, her enthusiasm towards the CCAS netball program and her growth in skill and leadership has been a delight to witness. Charlotte always represents CCAS with the upmost pride and respect through her actions and behaviours. As an netballer, she demonstrates and embodies many of the characteristics of a high performance athlete. To mention just a few, she is respectful, kind, diligent, focused, reflective and driven. Charlotte has such passion when it comes to her sporting journey. She is a talented athlete across various codes, who no doubt will experience more and more success in her future. We thank her for everything she’s done for the CCAS netball program and for representing CCAS in such a exceptional way.

RASi Coaches Award – Robyn Low Hart

When it comes to experience look no further than the extensive background that Rob brings to the CCAS Triathlon Program.

Robyn has had significant success with her coaching of junior athletes and the CCAS is extremely fortunate to benefit from her commitment to the sport and her athletes.  The sport of Triathlon attracts athletes with a diverse range of skills and ‘talent transfer’ is a critical element of talent identification and advancement up the performance pathway.  Small ‘wins’ like improving a new technical aspect on the bike can make skill advancement proceed quickly  if you are able to sequence the improvement.  For a junior athlete this is a helpful outcome for motivation as the improved performance results are often seen quickly. 

When you hear and read of Robyn’s commitment to the sport of triathlon, it is easy to understand why the CCAS Tri Program has grown so quickly in a relatively short period of time.  Congratulations and thanks to Robyn Low-Hart for her support of the CCAS and the many local athletes who even during isolation benefited from her active involvement in their development.

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