Peter Grob from the Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise and Darren Eather from Eather Recruitment are pleased to announce that the Eather Recruitment Hastings Sports Awards Presentation Breakfast will be held at Rydges on October 26…
What is the aim of the Eather Recruitment Hastings Sports Awards?
Peter Grob: For Rotary Sunrise members, it is very important to encourage the community to get involved in recognising local sporting heroes, of all ages, including the ‘quiet achievers’ and ‘unsung heroes’. The Hastings Sports Awards also support local charities with any proceeds from the Sports Awards, which provides much needed assistance to organisations such as the Hastings Special Olympics, ACES, MS Society, Women’s and Children’s refuge and the local soup kitchen, who all received a contribution in 2011.
The Hastings Sports Awards were created thirteen years ago to encourage greater participation by young people in local sport, and that is why at our Awards presentation we acknowledge every nominee by presenting them with a certificate of achievement on the day.
Darren Eather: We at Eather are passionate about promotion of local and regional sport. We believe sport brings people together and promotes community spirit. In particular, sport provides young people with a healthy activity which creates a bond among team members, competitors and the broader community.
Who have been some of the worthy recipients from previous year’s awards?
Previous Sportsperson of the Year recipients: 2011 – (did not run last year due to change of date from March to October 2012 and to bring on board a new major sponsor); 2010 – Lauren Kitchen; 2009 – James Magnussen; 2008 – Tim Berkel; 2007 – Ryley Batt; 2006 – Karina Nowlan; 2005 – Damian King; 2004 Damian King; 2003 – Damian King; 2002 – Jacob Groth; 2001 – Pete Murray; 2000 – Ben Reece; 1999 – Daniel Ninness.
What involvement do both Eather Recruitment and The Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise Inc. have with the awards?
Peter Grob: Sunrise Rotary has organised the last 13 yearly annual sports awards, and we donate all proceeds from the event to local charities. Eather Recruitment is the major sponsor who makes the Awards possible, along with our Rotary Sports Award Committee, which has worked tirelessly in gaining donations and organising all the logistics of the event.
Nominations for the awards closed on September 30, 2012. What are the various categories nominations sought for, and what prize money/benefits are attached to each of these categories?
Peter Grob: Each category winner receives a cash prize and trophy. All the nominators go into the draw to receive a $500 voucher from Harvey Norman. All nominees are presented a certificate at the Awards ceremony breakfast at Rydges on 26 October 2012. Please come along and show your support for this worthy cause!
• Sportsperson of the year – $1,000
• Junior Sportsperson of the year U12 – $500
• Junior Sportsperson of the year U18 – $500
• All other categories – $250
• Junior Team
• Senior Team
• Sportsperson with a disability
• Services to sport
The winners of each of the categories will be announced at a Presentation Breakfast on Friday, October 26. What is the venue for the presentation, and what are the starting and finishing times of the event?
Peter Grob: Rydges Port Macquarie (upstairs function room overlooking the picturesque Hastings River), 6.30am for a 7am start. All Awards will be presented by 8.30am, and those who would like to stay for the raffle draw can. The morning will be wrapped up by 9am, so everyone can head off to work.
Apart from presentation of the Awards, what else will happen at the breakfast? Will there be a guest speaker?
Peter Grob: The breakfast will be hosted by Mike Rabbitt from NBN, and we are very fortunate to have retired Australian Cricketer Gary Cosier, who represented Australia in 18 tests between 1975 and 1979. Gary was the 7th Australian player to score a century on debut against the West Indies at the MCG. He was elected Vice Captain of Australia in 1978 and scored more than 5,000 first class runs. Gary was not only an exceptional batsman, but also achieved 75 wickets and 83 catches for Australia. Gary played with the best, including Ian and Greg Chappell, Denis Lillee, Jeff Thompson, Doug Walters and Rod March and played against some of the best cricketers the world has seen. We are looking forward to hearing the insights from a man who has competed and worked at the highest levels of sport in Australia.
Who are the major sponsors of the Hastings Sports Awards this year?
Peter Grobb: Eather Recruitment, Port Macquarie News, NBN, Stihl Shop Port Macquarie, Jobfind, Donovan Oates Hannaford, Laing and Simmons Port Macquarie, Essential Energy, Tilepower, Care and Mobility.
We are also currently selling raffle tickets to help raise proceeds for the Awards Breakfast function − Major prize: return tickets for 2 – Port Macquarie/Sydney/Port Macquarie courtesy of Qantaslink, with overnight accommodation package at Langham Hotel, Kent Street, Sydney.
Other prizes: donated by Observatory Resort Port Macquarie, Childish Photography, Macquarie Waters, The Corner, Tonic Beauty Therapy, Stunned Mullet, Zebu – Rydges Port Macquarie, Spinnakers Restaurant – Sails Resort, The Fat Fish Bistro – Bonny Hills, Cassegrain Wines, Thai Orchid Restaurant.
Darren Eather has also donated a signed photograph of James Magnussen, which will be raffled separately and will also be drawn at the presentation breakfast.
Raffle drawn on 26 October at the Awards Breakfast. Raffle tickets can be purchased prior to the presentation breakfast from Eather Recruitment, corner of Buller and Hollingsworth Streets.
Why would you encourage individuals/groups to both become involved with sponsoring the awards in future, or attend the Presentation Breakfast on October 26?
Peter Grob: By supporting the 2012 Eather Recruitment Hastings Sports Awards, local businesses are demonstrating their commitment to our community, they are helping promote and recognise the achievements of local sportspeople and volunteers and are also helping to support local charities, as all proceeds are donated back to those organisations that support our community.
People who nominate a sporting hero have the opportunity to win a $500 Harvey Norman voucher, while all nominees gain free entry to the presentation breakfast, including a sit down breakfast overlooking the lovely Hastings River. (Teams who are nominated received 2 free entry tickets).
We are also encouraging people in our community who love sport to come along, to spend their morning congratulating all the nominees and winners.
Darren Eather: As far as sponsorship goes, I can highly recommend it – not only does it make you feel good to support the local community, but we are also supporting the much needed recognition and providing a financial boost to all people involved in sport, making Port Macquarie a great place to live, work and play!
How much do tickets to the breakfast cost, and where can they be purchased?
Peter Grob: Tickets to the breakfast cost $25, which includes a full breakfast of hot and cold treats. Tickets can be purchased several ways: call Joy Raisborough from Sunrise Rotary on 6581 5531 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Go online − it is quick and simple: http://www.sunrise-rotary.org.au and click on Sports Awards, or drop in to Eather Recruitment and Darren, Ivana and the team will help you with any enquires.
Thanks Darren and Peter.
Interviews by Jo Atkins.
Main photo depicts members of the Hastings Sports Awards organising committee and the Eather Recruitment team.
This story was published in issue 83 Port Macquarie