Your sporting chance

COFFS COASTERS who freely give their time, skills and passion to sport can now be recognised for their efforts.

The State Government has launched the inaugural NSW Sports Volunteer Awards alongside key players in the sporting community at Sydney Olympic Park.

"Sport at grassroots level is very reliant on volunteers - the mums, dads, former players and other community members who play vital but unpaid roles such as coach, official and club committee member," said Deputy Premier and Oxley MP Andrew Stoner.

"Volunteers will be recognised in their own right through a separate award scheme by the state's industry peak body, the NSW Sports Federation.

"The awards recognise the efforts of individuals as well as acknowledging excellence in volunteer management by sporting clubs and associations."

Mr Stoner said the awards would help boost recognition of the approximately 360,000 sports volunteers across the state.

"The NSW Government is currently developing a Volunteering Strategy for NSW and I look forward to working closely with the sports sector on promoting volunteering and supporting volunteers.

"Almost a third of all volunteers in NSW volunteer in the sports sector and I urge all local sporting organisations on the Mid North Coast to nominate worthy volunteers."

Nominations are now open. For more details, visit http://www.sportnsw.com.au/epages/ecornerhosting.sf/?ObjectPath=/Shops/sportnsw.



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