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Cricket volunteers toasted in National Volunteer Week

May 25, 2018
Cricket volunteers toasted in National Volunteer Week

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the Commonwealth Bank 'A Sport for All' Awards were held at the CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval last night to honour the outstanding work of volunteers across Australia.

Volunteers form the backbone of cricket in Victoria and contribute an extraordinary number of hours each year to growing the game for all participants to enjoy.

Of the 12 award categories, Victoria had five finalists nominated:

Award Nominee
 Community Cricket Club of the Year  Edinburgh Cricket Club
 Cricket Association of the Year  Melbourne All Abilities Cricket Association
 Community Cricket Initiative of the Year  AAA Sports Ballarat
 Community Ambassador of the Year  Sam Atukorala
 Community Match Official of the Year  Chris Ive

Cricket Victoria congratulates Edinburgh Cricket Club and Sam Atukorala who took out their respective awards.

WINNER: Edinburgh Cricket Club (North Fitzroy)
After adopting a formal Diversity and Inclusion Strategy in 2017, Edinburgh Cricket Club are the benchmark in the promotion of diversity and leadership in community cricket. This is strongly demonstrated by the way the club celebrate, advocate and work in partnership with the local community to develop a diverse and inclusive environment.

WINNER:Sam Atukorala
Sam Atukorala is an ambassador for inter-cultural community harmony through introducing and promoting the game of cricket to young people new to Australia, especially girls from non-cricket playing nations, and a deserving winner of the Community Ambassador of the Year award.

The national event, which is in its second year and follows on from the Victorian ‘A Sport for All’ Awards held at the MCG on March 21, seeks to celebrate those that contribute to growth, diversity and inclusion in cricket throughout their respective state.

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