Taryn Soper (Axemen, left), Tony Cahill (C.ex Sports Manager), Debbie Baldwin (Coffs Harbour Hockey), Fiona Wendt (Good Sports project officer), Chris Hughes (Woopi RLFC) and Kerry Clancy (SLSC North Coast and Sawtell) at this week’s Good Sports presentation.
Taryn Soper (Axemen, left), Tony Cahill (C.ex Sports Manager), Debbie Baldwin (Coffs Harbour Hockey), Fiona Wendt (Good Sports project officer), Chris Hughes (Woopi RLFC) and Kerry Clancy (SLSC North Coast and Sawtell) at this week’s Good Sports presentation. Rob Wright

Sports awards to best and fairest

THE latest batch of Good Sports accreditations were handed to participating sporting groups at a gathering held at C.ex Coffs this week.

Representative Fiona Wendt announced a Level 2 presentation to Orara Valley Axemen and Level 1 appointments to Woolgoolga Seahorses, Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club, Coffs Harbour District Hockey Association, and Sawtell Junior Cricket Club.

“It’s great to see the enthusiasm and fitness that teams are striving for this year,” Wendt said.

She also announced one of the Good Sports targets for 2011 was changing the ‘boat race’ culture.

“We need to reward best-and-fairest players, not mock them by giving their prize to a beer-chugging bench sitter,” Wendt said.

“Like the case I came across on the weekend when a young bloke won the award for the match but, instead of being praised for winning, the prize was given to the biggest drinker in the club.

“Then, this youngster was mocked for not being man enough to have a drink . . . even though he was man enough to outplay opponents 10 years older.

“Fit, healthy players that look after their bodies should be rewarded.

“The sponsor gets no kickback as the beer disappears quickly and the sponsor is not thought of again.

“Not to mention the boat race of free beer is outside the responsible service of alcohol laws.

“We believe by giving a food voucher (instead of alcohol) the best player brings return business by friends and family and generosity of the sponsor is remembered.

“Let’s reward the best-and-fairest as they should be.”

Fit, healthy players that look after their bodies should be rewarded.



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