Page 771 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 26 February 2013

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number of clubs affiliated with the Tuggeranong Vikings has grown from 12 to 54, and now they have over 8,000 athletes participating in all levels of competition, including local, national and international. This year there were five categories in which local athletes and volunteers were recognised, and the awards are now highly regarded by the Tuggeranong community, as evidenced by the 300-plus people in attendance and the quality of the nominations received across the five categories.

I would like to put on the record the winners of each of this year’s categories and make mention of some of their outstanding achievements. The Vikings Health and Fitness Centre award is presented to a non-paid official or volunteer who has given exceptional service to their sport. Steve Caldicott from the Tuggeranong Archery Club was this year’s recipient of the award in recognition of his contribution to the club as a judge, coach and president. Steve’s achievements include tripling the number of members of the archery club and successfully lobbying for an indoor archery facility in Tuggeranong.

Ashlee Tronerud from the Tuggeranong Netball Association was the winner of the Coca-Cola shield, an award presented for outstanding coaching or official’s achievement. Ashlee has been a member of the Tuggeranong netball club since 1996 and is the head coach of the Tuggeranong netball academy, a role that assists junior players transition into the senior ranks. Ashlee has skills which will ensure the program continues to be a success into the future.

The Chronicle shield is presented for the best team performance, and the Tuggeranong Touch Association open women’s team were recognised for the most successful season they have ever had in the ACT competition. They were undefeated in both the ACT and the New South Wales country championships and went on to win the grand final of the ACT elite super league competition. Nine of the team members have also been selected for representation of the ACT in the upcoming national league.

Andrew Robinson from the Tuggeranong Valley Vikings rugby union club received the ActewAGL shield for outstanding achievement in school junior sport in the valley. At 17 years of age he was too young to play in the colts competition, and instead of playing another year in juniors Andrew decided to test his ability by playing in the men’s open competition. He was part of the premiership winning team last year for the Vikings and was also selected for the Australian schoolboys side, where he scored the match-winning try for Australia against New Zealand. This is only the second time an Australian schoolboys team has defeated New Zealand.

The HR Heher shield is presented for outstanding achievement by a senior sportsperson. Previous recipients include numerous international sports stars, and this year’s winner is no different. Sue Powell from the Vikings Cycling Club has received international recognition for her achievements at the London Paralympics where she won gold in the C4 individual pursuit and silver in the time trial. Sue also finished second in both of these events at the Los Angeles world championships, not to mention being voted ACT athlete of the year for 2012.

In addition to recognising the success and contribution of local athletes, the Vikings Group offer scholarships to young athletes to assist them in meeting the costs of

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